When Iowa offered Decatur Central junior quarterback Tommy Stevens on Wednesday, it confirmed what Hawks head coach Justin Dixson already knew, that he had a BCS talent at the control of his offense.
Sure, his size (6'4, 190) and athleticism would seem to make that obvious, but it is what you can't see coupled with those physical tools that makes Stevens a bona-fide college prospect.
"First of all, he's a tremendous competitor," Dixson said, "and obviously he has tremendous athletic ability and is a good football player. He has really good quickness and instincts. He's long and rangy. He's dynamic. He's shown all year he can make plays with his arm and his feet and he's also very intelligent. He's one of those guys that has 'it' whatever it is."
Stevens, who says he was "blessed" to receive his first offer from the Hawkeyes, will look to visit Iowa soon, but with the playoffs looming, Dixson says it may not be until later in the year.
"I'm sure he will [visit]. The playoffs are around the corner, so he's focused on that, but once he gets a chance here this fall, going into winter, I'm sure he'll get out and visit."
Other schools have shown interest in Stevens, and he will be making a visit to a BCS program this weekend.
"Cincinnati really really likes him. He's going down there Saturday to meet up with Coach Tuberville. Purdue, Indiana, and Louisville have seen him several times as well as Michigan State."
With his size, speed and athleticism, the temptation may be there for some schools to look at Stevens at another position. While he is willing, Dixson believes his best spot is under or behind center.
"I think he's open to it. He's the type of guy who will play wherever we need him to play, but I think he's going to play quarterback because he does things a lot of people can't. He's special. He can maximize the position, and the way football is now is up tempo. He has the ability to play wide receiver, the ability to play safety, he could probably even play offensive line if we needed him to, but he has an unbelievable knack and talent at quarterback and I think that's where he's going to end up."
Dixson has one very highly recruited prospect in his senior class, offensive tackle Lukayus McNeil, and he believes sophomore offensive tackle Trent Maynard is nearing a recruiting spike as well.
He is quickly making Decatur Central a must-stop for college coaches. Schools like Virginia Tech and Nebraska are coming in this week, and these programs and others will soon find out that, in addition to those big boys up front, there is a unique talent behind them.
"I told the Indy Star that there are a lot of good high school players in Central Indiana, but not a lot of special ones. I think I've got a special one."