MIAMI — At this point, it doesn’t seem there’s more Tyrique Stevenson could do to become familiar with Miami. The elite cornerback from Miami Southridge High School has visited the Hurricanes more times than he can count and spent just about the entire weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Stevenson showed up for the Mark Richt Football Camp of June for the afternoon Saturday after he took the SAT. A day later, the 4-star cornerback made his way back to campus to hang out with players and coaches while the second Mark Richt Camp was in action.
Stevenson has a longstanding relationship with freshmen Gilbert Frierson, DJ Ivey and Patrick Joyner, the latter two he played with in the fall at South Dade High School in Homestead, Fla. Now he feels comfortable with the whole group.
“I’m pretty cool with the whole ’18 class,” Stevenson told DieHards on Thursday in Miami. “They’re all close together. Even they don’t really know each other, they’re like brothers. I really like that connection they have.”
Stevenson is busy with camps these days. He spent Thursday evening at Florida International for the first Butch Davis Football Camp of the year. On Friday, he made his way to Florida with Miami Southridge for an Elite One Day Camp in Gainesville.
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At FIU earlier this week, Stevenson worked as a wide receiver, something he expects to do plenty at Southridge this coming season. Schools already know what he can do in the secondary.
The 247Sports composite rankings peg Stevenson as the No. 68 overall player in the Class of 2019. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defensive back could be a lockdown cornerback at the next level. The Hurricanes, however, envision him as a safety, which is what he primarily plays for the Spartans.
All weekend, Miami made Stevenson feel like a priority. Current players were constantly chatting up the corner. Since Stevenson didn’t compete Sunday, the coaching staff spent just about the entire time with Stevenson. At one point, Richt pulled Stevenson away from the action to the soon-to-be-completed indoor practice facility.
“I actually walked through it,” Stevenson said. “Me and Coach Richt talked about where everything’s going to be built, and how it’s going to be built.”
Stevenson’s visits are pretty casual at this point because of how well everyone around the program knows him. Still, Richt makes it clear how important Stevenson is to the potential outcome of the Hurricanes’ 2019 class.
“In order for Miami to be at the top again, they need players like me,” Stevenson said the coach tells him. “Come and make the crib great again.”