Tony Steward Announcement: Where Will The 5-Star LB Recruit Sign?

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2011

Tony Steward Announcement: Where Will The 5-Star LB Recruit Sign?

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    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.

Tony Steward Finalist: Clemson

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers reacts to his teams 31-26 loss to the USF Bulls during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 31, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Ima
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    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.

Tony Steward Finalist: Florida State

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Jimbo Fisher and the Florida State Seminoles reacts after their 26-17 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin
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    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.

Tony Steward: Prediction

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  The South Carolina Gamecocks against the Florida State Seminoles during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    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.