Donaldsonville's Stevenson commits to Tulane

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Tyarise Stevenson makes a big tackle in the Tigers' matchup with parish foe Dutchtown this past season. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

Last Saturday, Donaldsonville football standout Tyarise Stevenson put an early end to his recruitment as he officially committed to Tulane.

In his junior year, Stevenson quickly made his presence felt as he dominated on both sides of the ball. The "Big Cat" was a tough matchup for any team as he made first-team all-district as both an offensive and defensive lineman.

He and the Tigers went 5-5 and made a run to the second round of the playoffs. They're hoping to have much of the same success this season as they transition to the brutal District 6-3A with the likes of defending champion U-High, Parkview Baptist and West Feliciana.

Stevenson had been receiving plenty of attention from colleges throughout the spring.

His first offer came from Central Florida back in late April. That was followed by offers from Tulane, UL-Lafayette, Texas Tech, McNeese State and finally, UL-Monroe.

Stevenson decided to commit to a school that is very familiar with Donaldsonville standouts over the last few years.

With his commitment, he will join two former Tiger stars in receivers Devon Breaux and Leondre James.

Breaux was an All-State star for Donaldsonville at quarterback before going to Tulane in 2012 and transitioning to wide receiver.

James played a variety of different positions while he was a Tiger. This past season, he began his freshman campaign at Tulane alongside Breaux as a wide receiver.

After committing, Stevenson released this message on Twitter: "I want to thank God, my coaches, family and all others who supported me throughout the years. After discussing my decision over with my family, I'm blessed to say that I commit to Tulane and will make the best of it."

Stevenson is just another Donaldsonville Tiger to make a commitment for the 2016 class. Last year, wide receiver Stephen Sullivan committed to LSU.