February 2, 2011 by staff
Tony Steward, Tony Stewart was scheduled to sign with Florida State and adds to the Seminoles’ recruiting class strong. But Dabo Swinney Clemson coach will coach the player considered a No. 1 nation inside linebacker by rivals.com. “I felt like the best school for me was Clemson,” Stewart told a reporter yesterday for the Jacksonville Times-Union. “When I visited, I was ready to commit. I waited to hear from other schools. Ultimately, I had to make that decision for me. I think I can get on the field early in Clemson and I felt comfortable and felt at ease with people. “
Stewart Pedro Menendez (St. Augustine, Florida) is just one major piece of the Tigers recruiting class Sunshine State. Running back Mike Bellamy, Charlotte (Punta Gorda, Fla.) and wide receiver Sammy Watkins South Fort Myers (Fort Myers, Fla.) are both ranked among the top 25 players in the country by rivals.com.
Also on the board for the Tigers is another five star recruit – linebacker Stephon Anthony Anson (Wadesboro, NC), who will announce his decision this afternoon. State of Florida on Wednesday is expected to sign one of the recruit class the best in the nation – a class that will become even stronger than it already is if two undecided prospects decide to join the Seminoles.
Florida State’s two main goals remaining Timmy Jernigan, Lake City Columbia High defensive tackle, and Tony Stewart, a standout linebacker at St. Augustine Pedro Menendez High. While the Seminoles coaches hope to host here, Jernigan, should strengthen the State of Florida at one of his primary positions of need.
Both Steward and Jernigan are expected Wednesday morning to announce their decision on ESPNU. Steward, who is torn between Florida State and Clemson, is expected to announce at 10:05 Jernigan, who is also considering LSU and Tennessee, is expected to announce his decision at 11:05.
Steward, who made official visits to see the Florida State Seminoles, Clemson Tigers and UCLA Bruins, in fact no decision until one hour before the announcement was broadcast on ESPNU. He rejects school, Florida State, who was his childhood favorite, but goes along with the school that gave him comfort.
“Leaving home is going to be difficult because I am leaving my family and friends,” said Steward. “They make me feel like I’m home, and Clemson will be a great place to grow.”
Steward, No. 9 recruit in the nation overall, gives his perspective ESPNU Clemson third from the state of Florida to join, running back Mike Bellamy (Punta Gorda, Fla. / Charlotte) and Sammy Watkins (Fort Myers, Florida South Fort Myers).
This ends a long, emotional recruitment for Stewart, who built relationships with the staffs at Clemson and FSU that made it difficult for him to say no to school either.
“The challenge for me to make a decision was taken that included my family,” added Stewart. “But I feel I make the right decision, and they will always support me.”
Florida State enormous presence warmly recruited linebacker Tony Stewart when he went into the gym crowded Menendez High School Wednesday morning. Students wore T-shirts FSU. They held a banner in Florida State garnet. They knew that Stewart was a fan of the former USSR to life, as was his mother.
But when Stewart announced at exactly 10:03 he chose to accept a scholarship offer at Clemson University, instead of the former USSR, some students wearing orange shirts Clemson jumped to celebrate.
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