Dandy Dozen: JaCoby Stevens turns focus to state title for Oakland

Dandy Dozen: JaCoby Stevens turns focus to state title for Oakland

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Dandy Dozen: JaCoby Stevens turns focus to state title for Oakland

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Oakland High School star JaCoby Stevens is the Midstate’s top college football prospect.

Oakland High School star JaCoby Stevens is the Midstate’s top college football prospect.

Oakland senior JaCoby Stevens.

Oakland senior JaCoby Stevens.

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MURFREESBORO — Oakland senior football standout JaCoby Stevens has had an eventful preseason.

Now he can focus on helping the Patriots have what they hope will be an uneventful regular season.

Stevens, No. 1 on The Tennessean Dandy Dozen, announced his commitment to LSU last week and will turn his attention on Oakland’s quest for a Class 6A state championship.

“It’s a weight off my shoulder,” Stevens said after announcing his commitment. “Now my focus is just playing my last year of high school football.”

The 6-2, 200-pounder is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the state in the 2017 class and is the No. 2 safety prospect in the nation, according to 247Sports.

He had considered other teams, including Georgia. But in the end, he stuck with his roots, committing to LSU for a  second time after decommitting last year.

“I grew up an LSU fan,” said Stevens, who has family in Louisiana, close to Baton Rouge. “This was something I dreamed about growing up.”

Stevens garners a lot of attention for his play in the Oakland secondary. He will also play a vital role in the Patriot offense as a wide receiver. He also plays on special teams and rarely leaves the field.

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A Tennessee Titans Class 6A Mr. Football Back finalist in 2015, Stevens caught 32 passes for 806 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 123 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns last season. He had 84 tackles with 8.5 for loss. He had six interceptions, recovered two fumbles and had two defensive scores.

With college now somewhat in the back of his mind, Stevens relishes the thought of leading an Oakland team that is ranked No. 2 in Class 6A in the Associated Press preseason poll.

“I’m close to all of my teammates — they are all my brothers,” Stevens said.

Reach Cecil Joyce at 615-278-5168 and on Twitter @Cecil_Joyce.

No. 1 – JaCoby Stevens

Oakland, athlete

Height: 6-2 Weight: 200

247Sports composite: Five stars

College plans: Committed to LSU for a second time on Aug. 8

2015 statistics: Stevens, a 2015 All-Midstate first-teamer and Mr. Football finalist, posted 84 tackles — 8.5 behind the line of scrimmage — with six interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a pair of defensive scores while also catching 32 passes for 806 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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