Tony Steward Announcement: 10 Reasons He Should Sign With Florida State

Matthew FairburnCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2011

Tony Steward Announcement: 10 Reasons He Should Sign with Florida State

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    Florida State's football recruiting class has a chance to get that much stronger on National Signing Day.

    Tony Steward will be deciding between Florida State and Clemson on Wednesday morning, a decision that will be televised on ESPN.

    Clemson has been able to reel in and develop some top-notch defensive talent over the years with standout prospects like Gaines Adams and most recently Da'Quan Bowers, but Steward would be wise to take his talents to Tallahassee.

    The Seminoles have brought in a deep and talented recruiting class that rivals that of any school in the country.

    Will Steward want to be a part of potential greatness at Florida State or be the next big thing at Clemson?

    Here are 10 reasons why he should head to Florida State.


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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback E.J. Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles prepares to hand the ball off against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on January 1, 2010 at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Jac
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    While Florida State has not been an elite football program in recent years, the tradition is still there.

    The Seminoles dominated the 1990s and have a history of producing talented professional players on the defensive side of the football.

    They have been in a downswing but appear to once again be heading in the right direction.

    Tony Steward has a chance to be a part of Florida State's resurgence.


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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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    If Tony Steward wants to win, Florida State is the obvious choice.

    Florida State has a tradition of excellence that can be matched by few programs across the country.

    As I mentioned in the introduction, Steward may want to join the ranks of talented Clemson NFL prospects, but if he cares about winning, then he'll sign with the Seminoles on Wednesday.

Proximity to Home

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Quarterback Christian Ponder #7 of the Florida State Seminoles rushes upfield against Ace Sanders #9 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (P
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    Tony Steward has a chance to stay close to home and play for a great program.

    Being a hometown hero has some merit to some people, and Steward could be one of those guys.

    It makes too much sense considering Florida State is the better program and he would be right down the road from his family.

He Would Be Set Up to Succeed

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    Florida State has two 4-star defensive tackle commitments that are expected to sign on Wednesday and be fixtures on the defensive line for the next four seasons.

    Tony Steward would get a chance to develop with two space-eating defensive tackles that would free up space for him to make plays and display his talent.

Immediate Impact

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    Tony Steward could step right in and make an impact for the Seminoles.

    He has both the talent and the opportunity to play from day one and be a star. He could also get immediate playing time at Clemson, but not quite on the national stage Florida State would provide.


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    TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 27:  Florida State Seminoles fans celebrate after a touchdown during a game against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Tallahassee, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Florida State has one of the rowdiest and most loyal fanbases in America.

    Nothing against the Clemson faithful, but they cannot stack up to playing in front of Seminoles fans.

Clemson Is Loading Up at Linebacker

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    TAMPA - DECEMBER 05:  Defenders Mallicah Goodman #97 and Brandon Maye  #20 of the Clemson Tigers tackle running back Embry Peeples #24 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2009 ACC Football Championship game at Raymond James Stadium on December 5, 20
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    Clemson has already received verbal commits from a handful of other linebackers in this year's recruiting class.

    Not only would this create competition for playing time for Tony Steward, but he does not exactly fill a need for Clemson either.

Jimbo Fisher's Rebuilding Project

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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach JimboFisher of the Florida State Seminoles is doused with water in the final seconds of their 26-17 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlan
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    Jimbo Fisher is clearly putting together a winner down at Florida State, and Tony Steward could be the centerpiece of that revival on the defensive side of the ball.

    Jumping on board with Fisher's rebuilding process seems like a lucrative investment at this point.

Florida State Linebacker History

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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 08:  From left, Deuce McAllister, Taylor Swift, Derrick Brooks, and Eddie George pose for a photo during the NFL�s Play 60 campaign to fight childhood obesity on September 8, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythe
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    The Seminoles have a rich history when it comes to producing quality NFL linebackers.

    Derrick Brooks is the most prominent example, but others include Marvin Jones, Sam Cowart and Reggie Herring.

    Tony Steward could be next in line.

Florida State Has the Best Recruiting Class in the Country

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    If Florida State is able to sign Tony Steward, it will boast the nation's best recruiting class.

    Loaded with 3-, 4- and 5-star recruits on both sides of the ball, the Seminoles have collected an impressive group of players to build around.

    Tony Steward would be the icing on the cake for Jimbo Fisher and FSU.