Tony Steward is one of the nation’s top-ranked outside linebackers and is a five-star recruit by most recruiting services and analysts.
The 6’2’’, 225-pound St. Augustine, Fla. native is ranked as the No. 1 player at his position by Rivals.com, and is the 13th-ranked player overall nationally.
His spectacular body size and build, combined with athleticism, solid skill set for the position and physical style of play, make Steward a surefire candidate to succeed well early on at the next level.
With interest from powers in the SEC, ACC and in the Pac-10, UCLA, Steward has been linked to a handful of schools. We’ll know soon which one he’ll choose.
Read on for our take.
The Tigers have remained in the hunt for the nation’s top linebacker, aiming at pushing their impressive 2011 class a few steps further.
The Tigers have compiled a fantastic class of offensive star players but could certainly gain an advantage with the commitment from Steward, who’ll jump right in next year as a freshman.
He took his official visit to Clemson two weeks ago.
The Seminoles have perhaps the nation’s best recruiting class and much of their talent is on the defensive side of the ball.
Led by top-ranked safety Karlos Williams, four-star safeties Keelin Smith and Tyler Hunter and cornerback Nick Waisome, the Seminoles have a terrific secondary for the next few years.
The addition of Steward to the linebackers corps will only push Florida State’s class ahead.
Despite a rush of recruitment from Clemson, all signs point to Steward heading to Florida State.
Steward reportedly grew up a Florida State fan and they have led in the recruiting race for quite some time.