Lakeland (Fla.) standout Kendrick Stewart is shaping up to be one of the Sunshine State’s top defensive tackles in the Class of 2005.
Stewart (6-1, 275, 4.75) is a rare combination of power and speed, according to Lakeland coach William Castle.
“You’re talking about a real strong kid with great agility,” he said. “He’s about 6-1 or so, 275 pounds, and he really moves well. He can do backflips down the field in his football pads. You don’t find too many guys who can do that, then turn around and bench 400 pounds, squat over 500 and power clean over 300. He’s just a special athlete.”
Stewart, who has started two years for Lakeland, earned Class 5A all-state honors as a junior.
“He had a real good season for us,” Castle said. “He’s improved a little bit every year he’s played for us, so I’m hoping he comes back even better for his senior year.
“He’s a load to handle with that kind of strength and explosiveness. It takes two people to block him. If you just use one, he’s going to beat that guy.”
Castle said Stewart is receiving “a ton of letters from all over the country,” including interest from each of Florida’s “big three.”
“But you know how letters go,” he added. “I don’t think we’ll really know how serious people are until spring practice when they start coming around. I think he’ll be pretty heavily recruited, though.”