Linebacker Discusses Official Visit To Auburn

A heavily recruited high school senior checked out the Tigers as they played the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Oakland Park, Fla.--One of the most heavily recruited linebackers in Florida gave a thumbs up review to his official visit to Auburn.

Demetri Stewart, a 6-4, 215-pound senior at Northeast High School, has offers from colleges around the country from as close as the nearby Miami Hurricanes to as far away as Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

Miami has been his leader and will get an official visit from Stewart in December, but based on his visit to Auburn the Tigers look to be in the mix.

"It was a real good trip," he says. "I got to see how close the Auburn football program is. It is one of the closest families I have been around."

Stewart visited Auburn earlier this summer and got to spend time around the coaching staff at a summer football camp. He says he liked that trip and saw enough good things then to schedule an official visit to check out the campus during a football weekend.

Linebacker Demetri Stewart

This past weekend he got a chance to meet players, faculty and staff members as well as check out an impressive 38-20 victory over Arkansas for the Tigers.

"I like Auburn a lot more than I did before the trip," he says. "I enjoyed being around the game day atmosphere and seeing what Auburn football is like. I like Auburn a lot more now."

Auburn had two other prospects in for official visits over the weekend--Walter McFadden, a defensive back and wide receiver from Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla., and defensive lineman Brian West from Ozen High in Beaumont, Tex., who previously committed to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. The trio watched Auburn improve to 7-0 overall as the Tigers won their ninth straight game dating back to a 2003 victory over Alabama.

The Tigers also took command in the race for the Southeastern Conference West divisional title with their 4-0 league mark.

Stewart, who has gotten off to a strong start on the field as a senior at Northeast High, says he may graduate early from high school and get a head start on college football so he is a prospect who might have a decision on his college choice well before national signing day in February.

Auburn has seven public verbal commitments. That group includes linebacker Patrick Trahan from St. Augustine High in New Orleans, linebacker Rex Sharpe from Fairfield High, offensive lineman Oscar Gonzalez from Hialeah, Fla., High, offensive lineman Michael Harness from Pacelli High in Columbus, Ga., running back and linebacker Ali Sharrief from North Jackson High in Stevenson, Fla., cornerback Aairon Savage from Westover High in Albany, Ga., and Andrew McCain who plays tight end for Briarwood Christian in Birmingham.

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