Top OLB Steward looking to visit UF

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Tony Steward didn’t get to take part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl festivities, but his short time in San Antonio was a fun one.

Hobbled and using crutches after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL, Steward could only watch, but he was more than thrilled to see his East teammates bring home the 13-10 win.

“It was a fun experience. I enjoyed it,” said Steward, who arrived in San Antonio Thursday night. “It was different. I’ve never been to Texas before.

“It would have been better if I would have been able to play, but it was good coming out here representing my school, my family.”

With Steward not participating in the football part of the Army week, that gave players more time to hound him about recruiting. Commits from plenty of different schools were trying to get in his ear about following them. Steward said he talked to a few about playing with them in college, but wouldn’t name names.

Steward, whom Rivals.com ranks as the No. 1 outside linebacker, said he’s down to Florida State, Clemson, UCLA and Florida. He eliminated Alabama from his lists of finalists.

“I don’t have the interest in Alabama that I do in other schools,” he said.

The two teams Steward has consistently listed as his favorites are FSU and Clemson. Steward grew up a Seminoles fan, while he likes the low key atmosphere at Clemson. Word is that FSU has the advantage, but Clemson is right behind.

That leaves Florida and UCLA. Steward visited UCLA in December and has been to Florida numerous times in the past year.

For Florida, hiring Will Muschamp as the new coach is a major plus for Steward.

“He’s a defensive guy. He came earlier this week to talk to him. He’s trying to get me to just get on campus for a visit,” Steward said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to get that done.”

Steward said he could head to Gainesville for a mid-week visit before National Signing Day on Feb. 2.

When talking to Steward, you can tell he’s tired of the recruiting process and might even hate it. He’s just ready for all of this to be over.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to make a decision soon,” he said.

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  1. I would take the #4 or 5 OLB who is healthy any day over the #1 recovering from a torn ACL. Sometimes it’s a one-time injury, sometimes not(see C. Ingram). Steward and Pagan are certainly worthy of scholarships, but they’re not as much a “sure thing”(of course, who is in recruiting?) as they once were.

  2. Steve,
    I agree. I think he is a guaranteed Redshirt if he has any brains. He needs to heal up, get stronger and get some time learning the defense of whatever college he attends. As far as his college choice, I am afraid it is FSU or Clemson. I have a feeling it is Clemson.

  3. Jelani Jenkins had a torn ACL last year and played the entire year in 2010 without a problem. ACL’s are tricky, admittedly, but usually, the chances are far greater against it happening again with today’s surgical techniques. This is a young kid with no history of knee injuries and his healing factor is off the charts. A chronic knee problem is what to look for.

  4. ed great work man. iwas watching the arm all-american gameand thought,” what about wilder?, i know we have blakley and he is great, but nothing wrong with some thunder and lightning. has he even been re-contacted by us? i know we were close with him befor he singed with fsu, so with the coaching changes and the sucess the cheifs are haveing on the ground is there a desent chance? ala matt elam?

  5. Forget about Steward and definately forget about Wilder, that guys been letting Fsu tell him he can play running back which he is average at best at. His future is at linebacker and hopefully he realizes it before it is too late. Florida should be strong in the secondary with the return of Janoris thus we can land the best corner of next years class. We sometimes during the recruiting process get caught up in class rankings instead of class needs. If we end up ranking well while supplying our needs great just as we did last year. Florida will be fine next year regardless of who comes this year because of last years class which has had time to mature so watch out and we. Will get our share this year,but next year we should be able to get the pick of the litter at just about every position.

  6. “average at best”???? What???? Have you watched any film on this guy when he is running the ball? He’s rediculous. The experts say his future translates better to a LB, which I agree. That doesn’t mean he can’t run with the ball.

  7. That’s right, average at best. He has no lateral movement and no speed. All he did was bulldoze over helpless undersized highschoolers. He definately won’t be bulldozing or outrunning anyone on the colleg level. He runs a high 4.5/40 this kid is a pure linebacker but to stuborn to realize it. In interviews he also seems full of himself. It was a glaring difference watching Blakely run and dominate between the tackles and on the edges opposed to Wilder that night on espn. Someone needs to tell the kid the truth.

  8. IVE SEEN WILDER PLAY BOTH POSITIONS, HIS ABILITY TO RUN OVER GUY (SMALLER) IS IMPRESSIVE. I DON’T THINK HE WILL BE ABLE TO PULL THAT TYPE RUNNING OFF EVEN IN THE ACC. WILDER IS , FROM WHAT I SAW OF HIM A PLAYER THAT TAKES TOO MANY PLAYS OFF. I’M NOT SURE IF ITS BECAUSE HE HAD TO PLAY BOTH WAYS BUT NEITHER WAS EFFECTIVE IN THE TWO GAMES I WATCHED . HE DIDN’T HAVE THE MOTOR OF A CLOWNEY (FROM SOUTH CAROLINA). I HATE TO SAY IT, BUT FROM WHAT I SAW, FLORIDA WAS RIGHT TO TELL HIM HE NEEDED TO BE A LB, I WAS NOT IMPRESSED BY HIS RUNNING SKILLS.