Steele, Scott visit Nation's No. 1 LB

Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and wide receivers coach Jeff Scott visited the No. 1 linebacker in the country earlier today. CUTigers has all the details in this extensive report.

LB Tony Steward Profile

CUTigers caught up with Pedro Mendez High School senior middle linebacker Tony Steward Monday evening to see what Clemson coaches have been through Saint Augustine over the last week.

Scott stopped by last Tuesday before he was joined by Steele on Monday. Steele will also be back on Friday.

"Coach Scott and I had lunch Tuesday. They came back [Monday] for my ceremony for the Army All-American Game today," Steward said.

Football was part of the conversation during last week's lunch with Scott.

"Really, we just talked about how things were going on, how we were doing, how are families were," Steward said. "We kind of talked how I was going to make my decision and when it is."

Through the visits, he recognizes Clemson's need for a big-time linebacker.

"It shows they have an interest and they feel like they could really use me next year," Steward said.

His plans for the Jan. 28 visit to Clemson— his final official visit— are still set.

Steward said he is looking forward to the trip to Tigertown, which will be his first since the three-day stay for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp.

"I'm ready to get around some of the players and try to establish better relationships with some of the coaches," he said. "I'm just looking to get up on the campus again and have fun."

The five-star talked about the Tigers' 6-6 season that will finish with an appearance in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on New Year's Eve.

"A bunch of colleges had tough seasons this year. I experienced a tough season this year with our team. It was just one of those down years [for Clemson]," Steward said. "That's why they're recruiting players—just trying to get back to that high level."

During his conversations with Scott, Steward hears about the highly-rated skill players committed on the offensive side of the ball.

The Clemson coaches will pitch to Steward that he could be the impact guy Clemson is looking to add to the class on the defensive side of the ball.

"[Scott] just tells me that he's looking for a leader for the defense, just trying to strengthen their recruiting class a little bit more," he said.

Steward will visit Florida officially on Dec. 15, before he heads to Alabama on Jan. 7. He'll then trip to Tallahassee to check on the 'Noles on Jan. 21 before making his final visit to Clemson the following weekend.

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