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Nick Saban personally wooing 4-star RB denied Wisconsin admission

The loss of a Big Ten school with more stringent-than-normal academic standards -- standards that triggered a coaching search this past December -- could prove to be a win for a school from the SEC.

According to, Nick Saban, along with three of his Alabama assistants, has personally spoken to Jordan Stevenson, the 2015 Wisconsin signee who was officially denied enrollment at UW this past week even as he met NCAA enrollment standards.

What the UW issue is and the reason why this happened so close to the start of summer camp hasn’t been detailed, although the school has given the player a release from his scholarship. Because in part he has yet to attend a class at UW, Stevenson can sign a financial aid agreement with another FBS program and be eligible to play in 2015.

As for the FBS programs that have expressed interest, the Crimson Tide, with a need for depth at the running back position, is one of at least a baker’s dozen-plus-one schools who are blowing up the phones of Stevenson’s high school coaches.

Among the 14 that are reportedly interested in Stevenson’s unexpected services include, among others, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Tennessee and, most interestingly, UW’s Big Ten West rival Nebraska.

The fact that so many high-profile programs are pursuing Stevenson is not surprising as had the Texas high school product as a four-star prospect, rated as the No. 27 running back in the country. The player himself appears to be dealing well with this abrupt hiccup, and is excited about the prospects a second recruiting period brings.