Clemson now No. 1 for 4-star LB

Clemson has moved up the leader board for one of the nation's best middle linebacker prospects in the class of 2011 after a three-day stay in Tigertown for camp.

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CUTigers spoke to Pedro Mendez middle linebacker Tony Steward following his first-ever visit to Clemson.

"Right now, Clemson is at the top," he said.

The Tigers have pulled ahead of Florida State, which he once listed as the favorite. Along with Florida State, Florida and Alabama are sitting behind Clemson.

The visit made a solid impression on the four-star rated, No. 7 ranked middle linebacker in the class of 2011.

"It was great. I really liked it, pretty much everything about it," Steward said.

Recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach Jeff Scott has laid a solid foundation throughout the first stages of Steward's recruitment. Meeting defensive coordinator Kevin Steele this week paid off, too.

Steward likes how upfront those two and the rest of the Tigers' staff were during his camp visit.

"The coaches are real genuine people. I liked coach Steele a lot and coach Scott, of course, my recruiter," he said. "They're real people, just straight-forward all the time."

"It was just how the coaches are straight-forward. Everything they said to me was true."

The environment and surroundings at Clemson are appealing.

"It's all beautiful. It's like a perfect place to have a college career. There are no distractions there in the week," he said.

On the way home to St. Augustine, Steward stopped through Atlanta to see Georgia Tech with Pedro Mendez head coach Ken Cromwell and defensive coordinator Ben White.

"I got a decent amount accomplished in the short time I was there," he said. "It was good."

Steward has also visited Florida this summer. He'll be heading up to Rutgers in a couple of weeks.

A decision isn't expected to come anytime soon.

"Right now it's still signing day," he said.

As a junior, Steward finished 2009 with 121 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 3 defensive touchdowns, and 5 fumble recoveries. Top Stories