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08-02-2016, 12:18 AM

By Julie Boudwin, | The Times-Picayune
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on August 01, 2016 at 12:45 PM, updated August 01, 2016 at 12:46 PM
JaCoby Stevens, a 2017 Tennessee five-star prospect and the nation's No. 2 safety, recently named his top four schools as LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Auburn, but his father told SEC Country that two programs are really standing out.

"We, as a family, looked at not only the final four couple of schools but a lot of the schools that were still showing interest ... teams like Clemson who was really engaged and (Tennessee)," Jeremy Stevens told SEC Country Monday.

"We talked about the pros and cons, the positives about LSU and most of our family being there and the supporting cast, and after we talked about those things, we made a decision."

"Two stood out," he also said, "and the other two were right behind. Alabama made a strong push of late, but I would say it's between LSU and Alabama."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder plans on making his announcement on Monday, Aug. 8 at his high school.

Stevens is a former LSU commitment, but decommitted from the Tigers in November of last year citing the uncertainty surrounding LSU coach Les Miles' job as the reason.

"He obviously loves LSU, the Tigers, the coaching staff, but when he committed he felt that it was too soon to make one, too early in the recruiting process," his dad explained to SEC Country.

"When all the stuff around Les Miles went down, it showed him how important other schools and visits were to the process. I've watched the process closely and he's seeing how Les Miles is a players' coach and how he's patient with Malachi Dupre and Leonard Fournette. In one season they showed they play the college game with a certain discipline, but still having fun, and you can tell it was a character-building experience.

"It's not just about winning, but about the staff being intact, how JaCoby feels about them developing him and using him, playing at the highest level and preparing for his dream one day in the NFL."

The elder Stevens also told the website that LSU wants his son to focus on being a defensive back, but the Tigers have mentioned throwing in a "10-play package on offense and possibly doing kick returns."

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