Decatur Central junior Tommy Stevens spent most his early years in football as a running back.
But since eighth grade, he has played safety, receiver, tight end and quarterback. While the 6-foot-4 Stevens is open to playing other positions in college, he’s quick to add he thinks he would be most successful at quarterback.
Stevens showed what he could do at the Best of the Midwest combine Monday at Incrediplex in Indianapolis. The combine is for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors from the Midwest. Stevens earned the QB position award for the combine.
“There is always room to improve, but I thought I had a solid day throwing the ball,” Stevens said. “This is new for me. I haven’t done too many combines. The only other one I did was the U.S. Army All-American combine in Texas. It’s overwhelming with a lot of people here. But it’s a good way to get better.”
Stevens, who saw a little varsity action at quarterback at the end of his sophomore year, took over as starter for the Hawks as a junior. He threw for 1,596 yards and ran for 785 yards last season.
That helped Stevens earn scholarship offers from Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, Cincinnati, Toledo and Western Michigan.
“I don’t have any favorites. I’m just taking it slow,” Stevens said. “Oregon came by our school not too long ago and I threw for them. I’d like to hear more from them. It’s a humbling experience. I’m trying to continue to work hard and remember what got me to this point.”
The Hawks (5-5) averaged 46.5 points per game last season.
“I had some big-time playmakers with my receivers and running backs,” Stevens said. “Nothing can go well without the offensive line. They did a great job. It’s going to be hard to replace some of those senior linemen.”
Hawks star senior offensive lineman Lukayus McNeil is headed to Louisville. Decatur Central return sophomore offensive lineman Trent Maynard.
At 6-7 and 300 pounds, Maynard actually hopes he is done growing.
“I don’t want to get too tall where it’s hard to get low,” said Maynard, who has an offer from Cincinnati. “I do want to lose about 10 to 15 pounds to work on my speed.”
Mallory makes strides
Brownsburg junior offensive lineman Evan Mallory, who played guard and tackle last season, was making his second appearance at the Best of the Midwest.
“The good offensive linemen show you what you need to work on and how your competition is,” Mallory said. “The good defensive linemen are here to give you some good reps on the one-on-ones. That’s an awesome thing.”
The 6-5, 315-pound Mallory has offers from IU, Purdue, Illinois, Cincinnati, Ball State, Toledo and Western Michigan. Mallory said he hopes to narrow down his list during the summer.
Mallory gave up on wrestling this season to concentrate on football.
Interest in Tiassum grows
Park Tudor junior defensive lineman Brandon Tiassum has offers from IU, Toledo and Western Michigan.
“It’s picking up,” the 6-5, 285-pound Tiassum said of recruiting attention. “I have a potential offer from Boston College if I go visit there. I visited Notre Dame and am building a relationship there.”
Tiassum said he has no timetable set and likely won’t make his decision until the fall.
“I want to have the full recruiting experience,” Tiassum said. “Hopefully, I get as many offers as I can before the end of the summer.”