If you haven't yet seen the highlight tape of Tony Steward, then take some time and watch it. It will be one of the most impressive ones you will see by any member of the class of 2011. Steward, a linebacker prospect from Menendez High School in St. Augustine, Florida, is a 6-1 and 218 pounds beast. Last season as a junior Steward recorded 143 tackles, two interceptions, forced seven fumbles, recovered five fumbles and batted down five passes.
"My speed on the field is one of my strengths," Steward said. "I find the ball and make tackles. I am just an explosive defensive player. If there's something that I really need to work on it's just playing really hard on every play."
According to Steward he has 17 scholarship offers at this time, including ones from Florida State, Florida, Clemson, South Carolina, Texas Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Rutgers, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt. In recent weeks Steward has attended two junior days, one at Florida State and one at Florida.
"Florida was fun. They did a big presentation. I also met with the coaches and some of the players.
"Florida State was pretty fun to. I had a meeting with my position coach and met with Jimbo Fisher. We also had lunch in the press box.
"I am pretty open with everyone but FSU, Florida, Clemson, Texas Tech, Georgia, and South Carolina stand out."
Do the Seminoles and Gators have the edge, especially considering he has already taken trips to Tallahassee and Gainesville?
"No but I definitely think I might take a few visits over the summer. I have been to FSU and Florida a few times. I will use my time and visits on other schools and see how I feel."
When it's all said and done Steward will be able to likely name his school. What will be the key factors in his decision?
"First I would like to feel real comfortable with the school. I want to feel at home. They have to have good academics. I want to get my degree before I finish playing football. I also want to play for good coaches that care about their players. The atmosphere is important to. It has to feel right."