WHITESBORO — When Tevin Stevens joined the tennis team at Whitesboro, the vision of playing at the next level hadn’t gone through his mind.

Fast forward four years later and that vision is now a reality as the senior signed to play tennis at Howard Payne University on Friday.

“I’m really excited but also nervous at the same time,” Stevens said. “All this is unbelievable and I’m not even sure how to feel. When I first started, I wasn’t really sure about anything and now that I have signed with a college, it’s just an amazing feeling.”

It’s a world of new opportunities for Stevens, who saw Howard Payne as the right place for him to continue playing at the next level. The Yellow Jackets compete in Division III as part of the American Southwest Conference.

“When I visited, I really liked the coaches and the players,” Stevens said. “It seems like a really good fit.”

As he looks ahead to that next step in his journey in Brownwood, Stevens said he’ll look back at Whitesboro with a lot of good memories.

“Last year’s district tournament was a lot of fun,” Stevens said. “The competition was amazing. I learned a lot as well and got to go to regionals.”

Advancing to the Class 3A regional tournament last season was a high point for Stevens, but he also credits the hard work and preparation for helping him get to this stage.

“I’ve learned how to play and just work to be where I am right now,” Stevens said. “Because of that, I feel like I’m ready to play in college and get even better. I can win but I also will work to learn from my mistakes as well.”