Steward's plans are set

The nation's top middle linebacker in the class of 2011 will make his first game day visit to Clemson when rival South Carolina comes to town later this month.

MLB Tony Steward Profile

CUTigers caught up with Pedro Mendez High School (Saint Augustine, Fla.) senior Tony Steward, who claimed Clemson as a favorite following his three-day stay in Tigertown for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp.

There is no order of favorites anymore, but he would like to make a return trip to Tigertown before the end of this month.

"I'm trying to take a visit to Clemson and experience the game day atmosphere," Steward said.

He's already visited Alabama, Florida and Florida State already this fall.

All five official visits have been scheduled, starting with UCLA on Dec. 3. He'll head to Florida on Dec. 15 before visiting Alabama on Jan. 7 and Florida State Jan. 21.

A return trip to Clemson— the last of the five— is Jan. 28.

CUTigers asked about his timeframe for a decision.

"I pretty much plan on waiting until signing day," Steward said.


Five-star linebacker Tony Steward, the No. 1 middle linebacker in the nation, will visit Clemson officially Jan. 28. (Scout.com)
Clemson recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach Jeff Scott keeps in regular contact with the Scout.com five-star.

"I talk to him as much as I can. Sometimes, I miss weeks when he calls and I just can't get back with him," Steward said. "I talked to him last week. I'll probably try to give him a call tomorrow or later on this week."

"We just talk about how each others' season is, him just trying to get me up there—stuff like that."

With two games left this season, he's already registered 72 tackles, seven sacks and an interception. On the offensive side of the ball he's carried 20 times for 201 yards. He's completed 3 of 5 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown to go along with 184 yards receiving.

Steward plans on keeping himself busy this winter.

"I'm planning on focusing hard on school, working out real hard, getting in shape. I'm about to run track and try to go after the state title in weight lifting," he said.

Redemption is on Steward's mind after qualifying for last year's state strength meet—he missed out on a shot at the 219-pound championship because of an ankle injury.

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