Lakeland (Fla.) defensive tackle Kendrick Stewart is one of the most dominating lineman in the Sunshine State. He has picked up several new big time offers and could be close to getting one from one of the “big three” in-state schools.
“I have picked up some new offers, pretty good ones too,” Stewart said. “I already had offers from Syracuse, West Virginia, East Carolina and Louisville. Now Notre Dame, Purdue, Iowa and Pittsburgh have offered me.”
The 6-foot-2, 275-pound Stewart runs the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds, has a 400-pound bench press and 500-pound squat.
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“Right now my favorites are Florida, Florida State, Central Florida, South Florida, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Louisville,” Stewarts said. “I think that Florida and Florida State might be close, especially Florida. They both told me that they needed my highlight tape before they could offer me, but they said that they were probably going to after seeing me at their camp.”
Last season, as a junior, he fought through double and triple teams in order to record 56 tackles and 7 sacks on his way to earning all-state honors in class 5A.
“I’m looking for a school that fits my style,” Stewart said. “Wherever I go I want to make sure that I feel comfortable with the school, the coaches and the players that are already there. I’m going to be looking at the depth chart too because I want to come in and play early.”
The only team camps he attended over the summer were at Florida and Florida State, though he also attended the Down and Dirty camp.
“We started school today (Thursday),” Stewart said. “For some reason we started back early this year. I’m just getting ready to start practicing now. We had a young team last year, but this year we return a lot and I think we’ll be really good.”