MURFREESBORO — Oakland junior JaCoby Stevens chose to reopen his college football recruitment Tuesday, decommitting from LSU due to the uncertain future of coach Les Miles.
“(Miles’ future) played a huge part of it,” Stevens told The Daily News Journal on Tuesday night. “Going into my commitment and why I chose LSU, I envisioned playing under Les Miles and his coach staff.
“Now that I’m not sure if they are going to be there when I get there, I want to reopen my recruitment.”
Stevens said LSU still remains as a possibility for him. His parents are originally from Louisiana.
“It’s completely wide-open now,” Stevens said. “My recruitment is back open.”
Stevens, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete, is ranked No. 24 overall nationally by ESPN and No. 72 by Rivals for the Class of 2017. He is a four-star prospect according to 247Sports.
His decision came two months after choosing LSU and comes a day after 2016 quarterback prospect Feleipe Franks reopened his recruitment.
LSU (7-3) has lost three straight games, bringing his coaching future at the SEC school into question.
Stevens, a Class 6A Mr. Football finalist has 32 catches for 806 yards and 16 total touchdowns. He has 73 tackles at safety with five interceptions, two forced fumbles and 1.5 sacks as a two-way starter.
Stevens said his decision was not done in haste.
“Everything I do is calculated,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about this for a couple of weeks. I want to make the best decision for me.”
Reach Tom Kreager at 615-278-5168 and on Twitter @Kreager.