One of the most coveted linebacker prospects in the entire 2011 class will be St. Augustine, Fla. standout Tony Steward. Steward, 6-2 and 225 pounds, is from Menendez High School. Last week Steward made an unofficial visit with his coaching staff down to Coral Gables to see the University of Miami. According to his head coach Keith Cromwell the trip certainly put Miami in the picture.
"We really enjoyed the Miami trip and it really went well," Cromwell said. "Tony hasn't narrowed it down and had only seen FSU and Florida in person. I know that Miami moved up because now he has met the (Miami) coaches. It helps they are in-state."
There were other things Steward liked in seeing the 'Canes up close and personal.
"I know Miami is up there on his list. Miami is cool and really has a family atmosphere. The players took him in and took him out. Tony sensed there is a sense of family. Former players just come back and he really liked that. He wants to go somewhere where he will fit in and they will take care of him. They did that there."
Something else that helped was Steward and the Menendez coaches spending time with Miami linebacker coach Michael Barrow.
"We spent a lot of time with Michael Barrow. He is a great guy and down to earth. Coach Barrow is a NFL veteran. He spent two full days with us and our coaches talking football."
This summer Steward is now scheduled to camp at two schools and possibly a third. He plans on camping at Clemson in June and Alabama is late July. Steward will likely camp at Georgia in June.