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Purdue Football Player Countdown: #35 Antonio Stevens

The freshman from Tennessee joins an improving secondary.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 19 Purdue at Iowa Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The revised and restarted countdown only has three players left before, for the first time, we have the entire roster represented as we enter the season. Let’s meet another promising freshman today.

Antonio Stevens - Fr.

Nashville, TN (Battle Ground Academy)

6’2”, 190 pounds


2020 projection: likely redshirt

I think Stevens redshirts this year mostly because Purdue has a lot of returning players in front of him and it brought in guys like Tyler Coyle and DJ Johnson to play immediately in the secondary. There are a lot of experienced guys in front of him, but Stevens’ time will come.

Stevens was a three-star recruit with some decent numbers the last two seasons. According to MaxPreps, finished his senior season with 51 total tackles, including 11 for losses with 1.0 sack to with an interception, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He finished his high school career with 118 total tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, a pair of sacks and four interceptions. This is what he had to say on signing with Purdue:

The love that has been shown to me has been very consistent. I have a very strong bond with the coaching staff. And not only do I have a strong relationship with them, but my family does as well.

Everyone on the coaching staff wrote personal letters to me and my mom throughout the

recruiting process. We all talk on a daily basis.

Another factor in my decision of committing to Purdue was the academic part. I was absolutely blown away by the academic support system in place.