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Trevion Stevenson decommits from Pitt amid SEC interest

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 26 Quick Lane Bowl - Pitt v Eastern Michigan Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Trevion Stevenson, a linebacker out of Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia, who committed to Pitt in April, announced on Thursday that he would be backing off of his commitment to the program.

“After talking with my family and coaches, I have decided to decommit from the University of Pittsburgh,” Stevenson wrote in a message posted on Twitter. “I would like to thank Pitt’s coaching staff for the opportunity and the fans for all of the love during this process. Pitt has been grade 'A' from the very beginning.”

This marks the second time that the 6’5”, 217-pound linebacker has decommitted from a program, as he verbally pledged to Old Dominion on Jan. 5 but decommitted Feb. 9. Stevenson’s latest move came just four days after Georgia offered him a scholarship and nine days after Florida offered him. The Florida offer prompted questions about the strength of his commitment, but at the time, he denied any interest in the new programs.

“Pitt has nothing to worry about with my commitment because I am all in with them,” Stevenson told Mike Vukovcan of Pittsburgh Sports Now earlier this month. “I’m 1,000 percent committed to them, and they will always be number one to me. My reaction to these offers is that I’m just blessed. That’s all I can say, and I earned them.”

Stevenson holds two-star ratings from Rivals and 247Sports, but his stock is likely to rise in the coming months, given his offer sheet and outstanding production at Phoebus. In 2019, Stevenson accrued 85 tackles, including 16 tackles for losses and 15 sacks, as well as four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Now, it appears Pitt will ultimately not benefit from its efforts to scout and sign Stevenson before the elite programs came calling, as their efforts only seemed to accelerate the approach of the Southern powerhouses.