Recruit Impressed With Auburn's Facilities

This highly successful high school football standout liked several things about his official visit to Auburn University.

Maryville, Tenn.--One look at Carl Stewart and it is obvious he has spent more than an hour or two pumping iron in a weight room.

The 6-2, 207-pound tailback from Division I, Class 4A state champion Maryville High in Tennessee told Inside the Auburn Tigers that his tour of Auburn's new state-of-the art weight training and workout facility was one of the highlights of his official visit to Auburn over the weekend.

AU officials recently finished their major upgrade from a very nice facility to one of the best in the country in a new building attached to the south side of the football complex. Headquarters for the weight training and conditioning staff headed by Kevin Yoxall, the new facility overlooks Auburn's football practice fields.

Carl Stewart plans to run track this spring for Maryville High and is expected to be one of the state's top decathlon performers.

"I was really impressed with the weight training facilities," Stewart said. "That is something that stood out to me. Coach Yoxall gave us a tour of the facility."

Stewart, who was named one of the Tennessee Mr. Football Award winners after leading Maryville to a third consecutive state crown, is a powerfully built high school senior who bench presses 290 pounds and squats 480. He combines that power with lots of quickness and sprinter's speed that make him an effective inside or outside runner.

"The whole weekend in Auburn went very well," Stewart said. "My parents were pleased with the tours they took and I enjoyed myself."

The big tailback had an even bigger tailback as his player host, junior-to-be Ronnie Brown, the star of Auburn's Capital One Bowl victory over Penn State. "Ronnie is a really good guy," Stewart told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It was really enjoyable hanging out with him."

Stewart said he also spent time with two other Tiger running backs--junior-to-be Carnell "Cadillac" Williams and graduating senior fullback Michael Owens. He said he also enjoyed meeting linebacker Karlos Dansby and cornerback Carlos Rogers. "You can see that the guys on the team are real close," he said. "They are really comfortable around each other."

Tiger Ticket Extra: Since Stewart was an early verbal commitment to the Tigers, he said most of the time he spent with head coach Tommy Tuberville and running backs coach Eddie Gran over the weekend was discussing what to expect later this year when the tailback reports as a freshman...Stewart scored his 28th touchdown of the season in the state championship game come-from-behind victory over Hillsboro and he hit the 1,600 mark for rushing yards in 2002 despite sitting out a significant amount of time when Maryville had its way with overmatched opponents. Running inside and outside, Stewart picked up 1,430 yards on 156 carries with 21 touchdowns as a junior. In both of those seasons, Maryville beat Hillsboro High of Nashville in the title game.

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