Shreve’s “Macho” Stevenson not just winging it

By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine

Captain Shreve’s Marquez Stevenson is a kid who has as much potential as any athlete in Louisiana for the Class of 2023.

After seeing Stevenson play in 2021 for Shreve, I came away impressed with his upside after seeing him return kickoffs, play wide receiver and play some free safety.

He reminds me in build and length of current LSU wide receiver Brian Thomas, who is 6-3, 210 now, but was 6-3, 185 in high school at Walker. Stevenson is a legit 6-2, 180 pounds but he has an 80-inch wingspan which makes him look all of 6-4 or 6-5 because he’s so long. I like his hands after watching him in a full game film, and I think they can become really good in college. Speed is a legit 4.45 or faster.

I haven’t seen him in track, but after I talked to coaches, they convinced me that he’s the real deal in track. He was All-State and one of the best in the state in different events, which we will share in his notes below.

It’s scary how good he can become once he fills out in college to his full weight of 210 or better. Once he gets more weight on and gets stronger, he will win most 50/50 balls that are thrown high in college.

Stevenson is committed to Texas Tech. His teammates call him by his nickname, “Macho.”

Captain Shreve interim head coach Adam Kirby has nothing but good things to say about Stevenson.

“Macho is an exceptional athlete who works extremely hard for everything he has,” said Kirby. “His ability to high point the ball and his speed after he catches it really set him apart from other wide receivers in the state. His strength, height, and wingspan are unreal for his age, and he’s only going to get better as his career progresses.

“He’s already a 3-star prospect and is rated by some as the 18th best player in Louisiana. With all of his hype and his commitment to Texas Tech, he still is hungry to prove himself. He’s a kid who does everything right in terms of work ethic, attention to detail, film study and preparation. He’s one of the most genuine, fun-loving kids I’ve ever had the privilege to coach, and I have no doubts moving forward that he will be successful in whatever he chooses to do.”

“My wide receiver coach (Aaron) Wicklund is competitive,” said Stevenson. “He wants his group to be the best in every category — blocking, route running, speed, strength — and to fight every rep.”

Notes on Marquez “Macho” Stevenson: His hobbies are running, football, playing the game; loves basketball, track. “I like to eat a lot and just love to be active.”

He wants to major in kinesiology.

“My favorite college growing up was always LSU, because it’s my home state, but I’m committed to Texas Tech and I love my Tech family in Lubbock, Texas,” said Stevenson.

He’s a big-time track athlete who made All-State. He runs a 21.37 in the 200 meters, 46.0 in the 400 meters, and has run a 10.5 in the 100 meters (was Class 5A silver medalist in May). The state’s defending indoor and outdoor 400 meter champion in 5A, he was The Journal’s All-Metro boys track and field “Athlete of the Year” for 2022.  He’s one of the best in Louisiana.

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