Posted by Bryan Fischer
Who: St. Augustine (FL) linebacker Tony Steward. MaxPreps’ sixth-ranked player overall and second-ranked outside linebacker.
What’s the big deal: Steward has the size and speed to be an impact player on defense and special teams. Very aggressive when blitzing, he had six sacks as a senior and five the year before. Although he might take some time to adjust to the pace of the passing game in college, he can be an effective run-stopper early in his career. Looks ready physically but he should be able to put on a few more pounds when he gets in a college conditioning program, which is a scary thought given his 6-foot-2, 235 pound frame.
When: He will announce on Signing Day at 10 a.m. ET at his high school. Considering: Florida State, Clemson and UCLA.
Best guess: Florida State. Steward has pretty much narrowed his choice down to the Seminoles and the Tigers. He visited Tallahassee last week and Clemson the week before so he’s familiar with both schools. FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher is set to be his final in-home visit and you can look for him to lock the talented in-state linebacker up then.