Craig Stevens, 6-4, 230, 4.75, Rolling Hills (Calif.) Palos Verdes Peninsula, had his season come to an abrupt end against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame Friday night when he suffered a broken left ankle during Peninsula's 38-7 CIF Division III quarter-final loss.
Stevens ended up missing most of the game. "It happened early in the game, insde the first five minutes. Someone just landed on it," he said. The surgery was last Saturday, and doctors inserted a screw to stabilize the ankle. "I'm not exactly sure how long I'll be laid up," he said. "But I believe it will be six to eight weeks. The doctor said it was a basic, routine break, and I should have no problem having a full recovery." Stevens has taken the week off, but says he may return to school as early as tomorrow.
As far as recruiting goes, he has taken one official visit to Cal and will be making plans in January to reschedule visits that had to be cancelled due to the injury. "I had a good time at Berkeley. It was awesome. I got to talk with some of the coaches and some of the players. Since I hurt my ankle I had to cancel a few visits. The injury came at a real bad time. It really screwed up my visit schedule." Stevens' list of schools remains unchanged with Cal, UCLA, Washington, Oregon and Arizona. All have offered scholarships. "I'm still not sure which schools I'll visit in January."
Stevens also plays linebacker on defense. "Oregon is recruiting me for linebacker. Most of the schools are recruiting me as an athlete. They say that they will find me a position." When asked about stats, Stevens said, "I really have no idea. Tonight is our football banquet, and they usually give us a print out of all our season stats there."
The post-season PacWestFootball.com rankings of west region tight ends was released this week. Stevens made the biggest jump in the rankings from a pre-season No. 10 all the way up to No. 3. When Stevens was informed he responded with "That's awesome, very cool. That's exciting!"
Stevens is a very good student and is fully qualified.
The TE prospect, Craig Stevens, broke his ankle and had his recruiting plans altered...