Stevens Says State
Khalid Stevens
Khalid Stevens
West Recruiting Manager
Posted Feb 2, 2009

Palisades (Calif.) athlete Khalid Stevens won't have to go too far from home to play his college ball, committing to a Mountain West school on Sunday...

Palisades (Calif.) athlete Khalid Stevens had a good in-home visit with the San Diego State coaches this past week.

"They came in to the in-home and it was a good time and they offered me, so I took a trip there," said Stevens. "It was kind of a new thing with them."

His official visit was even better, with Stevens committing to the Aztecs before he left.

"I went down there this weekend and I just felt really comfortable there," said Stevens. "The most important aspect was the academics and I felt good about the education."

Stevens was being recruited by Tony White, the new cornerbacks coach, when White was at New Mexico.

"Coach White came to one of my games to watch me so that meant a lot to me," said Stevens. "And we watched the kind of defense that Rocky Long runs and it was exciting to be a part of that. I can't wait to get up there and play in that defense."

Stevens was also offered by Tuskegee and Army, but once San Diego State offered, it was an easy decision.

"I like that San Diego State is far enough away where I'll be in a different environment, but close enough to home where if I want to see my friends or family, it's easy to get home," said Stevens.

And the longterm commitment to Army, compared to the shorter term commitment, played into San Diego State's favor.

"At first I was looking at Army, but the five years after ward, commitment was a little too much," said Stevens. "At San Diego State, I'd be able to go for four years, play football, and move on when I'm done."

The SoCal native is also thrilled about his first game as an Aztec.

"Not only is it against UCLA but it's in the Rose Bowl," said Stevens.

Stevens said the expectation is for him to come in and play as a freshman in the Aztec secondary.

"Initially, they liked me as a running back, but they decided that I would be best on defense," said Stevens. "I'll play safety. And it's on me if I want to play as a freshman, so I'm just going to work hard."

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