Coach Smith issued the following statement.
"B.J. Stevens of Gateway has given a verbal commitment to play at Miami of Ohio University," Smith said. "He chose Miami over North Carolina State, Indiana, Minnesota and heavy interest from Big East, Big Ten, ACC and SEC schools. He decided to join his big brother Jordan Stevens who will be a red shirt sophomore. Jordan has come out of spring ball as the starting defensive end at Miami of Ohio.
"B.J. is 6'2" 238 pounds and plays defensive end. He led Gateway with 12 Sacks last year. He also had 53 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and 2 forced fumbles. He was recruited to play defensive end."
Smith will have more D-I commits as highly regarded cornerback/wide receiver Corey Brown, offensive tackle Colin Rodkey, safety Jeff Parrish and athlete Brian Williams have yet to make their decisions.