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Jordan Stevenson, a consensus four-star running back from Dallas, was looking for a new college after he was denied admission to Wisconsin.
He found one in Nebraska, announcing his commitment to the Huskers on Thursday, July 30.
Stevenson signed with the Badgers last spring, but he apparently failed to meet academic requirements (a not-so-uncommon fate lately, which former UW coach Gary Andersen referenced as he left Madison for Oregon State this past offseason).
So the 5-foot-9, 185-pound prospect — who Scout, Rivals and 247 Sports all included in their top 25 position rankings in the 2015 class — was looking for a new home, fielding phone calls and pondering his next move.
According to 247 Sports, Stevenson wanted Nebraska. His mom, Qy Ross, preferred Alabama.
Eventually, Stevenson settled on Nebraska.
"Basically it came down to the education and the athletics and where I can be successful with both," Stevenson told Husker Online. "I didn't really consider the offense or how I will be used in the offense. I feel like I can be successful in any offense and really I just wanted to focus on the academics and overall success."
With his commitment, Stevenson becomes the second running back and the second Texan to join NU's 2015 class — Devine Ozigbo of Sachse, Texas, fits the bill in both of those categories. A rare late addition to the 2015 class, Stevenson became the 21st commit of NU's recruiting group.
Stevenson, whose Sparq score was the 80th best in the nation in 2014 — Nebraska linebacker signee Dedrick Young was the highest 2015 Husker recruit at 100 — would have offered a change-of-pace back for Alabama. At Nebraska, he will contend for the starting job immediately.
After signing day earlier this year, our own Sam McKewon tabbed Stevenson as the "head of the class" for the Badgers.
Why such high praise? Stevenson ran for 2,511 yards with 31 touchdowns as a senior at South Oak Cliff. That followed up his 1,994-yard junior campaign and 853 yards as a sophomore.
Here's Stevenson's announcement on Twitter:
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