MURFREESBORO — JaCoby Stevens couldn’t turn down his dream school.
Stevens, an Oakland High junior safety, committed to LSU Wednesday morning during a phone call with coach Les Miles and other members of the Tigers coaching staff.
“I’ve always wanted to go to LSU,” Stevens said. “It’s the best of both worlds. My family is from there. I still have family down there.
“They are known for producing the position I play — receiver and (defensive back) into the (NFL). The business side of it, you can’t ask for a better school than LSU.”
Stevens said his parents are originally from Louisiana.
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.
“LSU is a top-notch program,” Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said. “For any of our players to get a chance to play in the SEC, I think it speaks volumes to where this program is and where (former coach Thomas) McDaniel brought it, and hopefully where good players like JaCoby are taking it.”
Stevens burst onto the Rutherford County scene a year ago after playing his freshman year at Ensworth. Stevens, who was a DNJ All-Area first team selection in 2014, recorded 50 tackles and picked off three passes while catching 19 passes for 279 yards last season.
Through four games this year, Stevens has 24 tackles, three interceptions, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery on defense. He has 11 catches for 258 yards and six total touchdowns.
“They are looking at me as a safety and a corner, and they are also planning on using me on kick returns and receiver,” Stevens said.
“I’ve always grown up wanting to play offense. And then coming up people are saying defense. I’m starting to realize that defense is a money maker. But I want to be one of the first ones to try and do both.”
LSU (2-0) is ranked eighth by the Associated Press and is coming off a win over Auburn.
Stevens said his final three schools were LSU, Stanford and Alabama.
Commitments are nonbinding for both the athlete and the school. Stevens said he doesn’t plan on changing his decision.
“My parents said when you commit, you are not decommitting. You are committing to one college. It’s a hard commit. I don’t plan on going anywhere else.”
He said he is considering graduating early in December 2016. Stevens said that decision will be made with his parents.
“That’s a decision I want us to make,” Stevens said. “Graduating early … it’s on the table.”