JaCoby Stevens still is planning to be an LSU Tiger — at least for now.
Stevens, an Oakland senior and No. 2-rated safety in the country according to 247Sports, said Monday he remains committed to LSU despite the firing of coach Les Miles.
“It’s still a defensive back university; it’s DBU,” Stevens said at the Patriots’ practice. “They still have coach (Corey) Raymond, the (defensive backs) coach and coach Austin (Thomas). I love him like a brother.”
Thomas, a Franklin native, is an assistant athletic director and LSU’s director of player personnel.
Stevens, a five-star prospect, committed to LSU more than a month ago after decommitting from the SEC school in November when Miles’ job security was in question.
Stevens said he will keep close tabs on the coaching search.
“I’ll pay attention to see who they hire as head coach,” said Stevens, who has 22 tackles and four interceptions through five games this season for the Patriots. “If they don’t mess with the defense, I’m still heading to Baton Rouge.”
Stevens is The Tennessean’s No. 1 college football prospect in this year’s Dandy Dozen. He chose LSU over Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.
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JaCoby Stevens timeline
Oakland senior JaCoby Stevens, the No. 2-rated safety in the country according to 247Sports, remains an LSU commitment despite the firing of coach Les Miles. Here’s a look at his recruitment:
Sept. 23, 2015 — Stevens commits to LSU, saying he “always wanted to go to LSU.”
Nov. 24, 2015 — Stevens decommits from LSU amid uncertainty about the job security of coach Les Miles.
April 3, 2016 — Stevens lists his top seven schools and says Georgia is his No. 1 choice. The others are LSU, Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Southern Cal and Oklahoma.
May 30, 2016 — Stevens posts his new top seven college choices in no particular order. The schools are Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU and Florida State.https://twitter.com/jacobystevens7/status/762800409673076736
Aug. 8, 2016 — Stevens commits to LSU, picking the Tigers over Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.
Sept. 24, 2016 — Miles is fired at LSU after the Tigers lost 18-13 to Auburn.
Sept. 26, 2016 — Stevens says he remains committed to LSU.