Florida lands linebacker commitment from Stewart

Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 5:52 p.m.

Florida finally got some good news on the recruiting front.

After weeks of watching other schools add to their classes, Florida grabbed its second commitment in the Will Muschamp era when Middletown, Conn., Xavier linebacker Graham Stewart gave his verbal pledge to the Gators' staff, giving Florida 16 commitments in its 2011 class.

The New Haven Register first broke the story Friday.

"They (Florida) FedEx'ed a letter of intent up here, but, for some reason, he (Stewart) couldn't pick it up today, so he'll pick it up on Saturday," Xavier coach Sean Marinan told The New Haven Register. "It's been a dream of his to play down there."

Stewart was originally committed to Boston College, but switched his commitment to Florida after an in-home visit from Muschamp.

"Yeah, I did verbally commit tonight," Stewart later told The Orlando Sentinel. "It was always my dream school, but with the coaching change, that had deterred me a bit.

"But just the overall energy of the place and of course it being Florida, it just seemed to be the best place for me to be to become a better student and a better athlete."

Because Stewart, whom Rivals.com rates as a four-star prospect and the No. 16 inside linebacker, is playing in the Team USA vs. The World game on National Signing Day (Feb. 2), he will not sign his letter of intent until later next week.

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