Tommy Stevens had 14 offers to choose from, but he chose to stay in-state and close to home to play for Kevin Wilson and the Indiana Hoosiers. Even though it was the closest school, it was not the proximity that was the main factor for the 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback.
"I had it in my head IU was going to be one for me but I never really told anybody that," he said. "It's everything you could wish for. I want to be a business major and the Kelley School of Business is top of the line, one of the top in the country. It would be a great opportunity for me to be accepted into."
Stevens visited the Hoosiers several times throughout the process and built a good relationship with their staff as well as some of their current players.
"I'm very comfortable with their staff and their players. I know a lot of the guys. I talk to them all the time especially Dominique Booth. He was one of the big people who helped recruit me and he did a tremendous job. He's a great kid. Even if I went somewhere else, we'd still be really close. I'm excited to be on the same team as him."
By the time Stevens gets on campus on Bloomington, Tre Roberson and Nate Sudfeld, who have both started games for the Hoosiers, will both be seniors. The chance to compete for the job early on in his career was another key in his decision.
"I think I will have a big opportunity at IU, possibly playing four years in the Big Ten. That's second to none. I didn't have that opportunity anywhere else. Nothing is guaranteed but I like my chances of playing really early."
Now finished with recruiting and school for the year, Stevens' summer plans include adding the role of recruiter to his responsibilities.
"I'm already talked to a couple guys. Me and Jacob Robinson have both been talking lately and definitely trying to get after guys like Isaac James, Mykelti Williams, Joe Belden, Brandon Knight is another we're all heavy on, just a bunch of guys out there we're trying to get. Keeping all the guys in-state would be big time for us. Not to sound arrogant, but with me on board, I think I can help guys realize Indiana is the right choice."
Even with the attention Stevens received and the offers he picked up, he still has a chip on his shoulder. Throughout his Big Ten schedule, he will face several teams who didn't offer him and he is eager to show them what they missed.
"I'm really happy with the decision I made and now hopefully we can get more guys on board and get this thing rolling and make a run for it. I'm ready to prove some of the people wrong who maybe didn't think I was good enough in the Big Ten. Hopefully we can make a statement, win the Big Ten, win a Rose Bowl and see what goes on from there."
Stevens is the second in-state commitment in the class for Indiana and third overall. He is ranked as the nation's number 27 quarterback currently.