Focus 2005

Florida State's interior line is in good shape but the future is never too far off. The 'Noles lost defensive tackle mainstays <b>Jeff Womble</b> and <b>Darnell Dockett.</b> <b>Travis Johnson</b> and <b>Charles Howard</b> are seniors this year. Incoming recruits <b>Aaron Jones</b> and <b>Emmanuel Dunbar</b> could see significant time as true freshman. Looking ahead, one of the state's top defensive tackles resides in Lakeland -- <b>Kendrick Stewart.</b> Click here to see where the 'Noles stand.

Kendrick Stewart made an immediate impact at Lakeland High School as a freshman. Make that a fast and furious impact.

"My freshman year, it was my first time ever playing before," Stewart told The Insiders.

"Once I got the hang of it, I started to dominate so they moved me up to the varsity team. Last year I had about 65 tackles and six sacks. I'm hoping to improve on that this year. I wanna get about 10 sacks, at least, and over 70 tackles."

Stewart, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound standout, has emerged as one of the state's top defensive tackles.

With incoming recruits Aaron Jones and Emmanuel Dunbar, FSU will have eight defensive tackles on scholarship this year.

In addition to seniors Travis Johnson and Charles Howard, the Seminoles are expecting quality minutes from junior Brodrick Bunkley as well.

The group is rounded out by sophomore Clifton Dickson and redshirt freshmen Andre Fluellen and Chris Bradwell.

At 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, Stewart has emerged as one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the state. Stewart, who carries a 3.2 core GPA and has scored an 810 on the P-SAT, also competes in three other varsity sports -- track, basketball, and weightlifting. He recently finished first in a county meet for weightlifting -- bench pressing 380 pounds and doing 285 on the clean and jerk.

Stewart points to his determination as one reason behind his success.

"I am real good with my hands," he said. "I'm a lot quicker than people think. I'm just unstoppable out there. I refuse to get beaten. Something takes over me and I just dominate." Stewart is already garnering major attention from various programs, including the Sunshine State's Big Three in Florida State, Miami and Florida.

"I'm getting stuff from all the Florida schools," Stewart said.

"I don't really wanna leave because you have three great programs right here. Florida,I love their facilities and the support they get for all the home games. Florida State is the same and plus I wanted to play there when I was a little kid. At Miami, it's everything. Oh man. They send a lot of guys to the NFL, the coaches are tight, it's just a good situation. I've never been there so hopefully I'll get a chance to check it out next weekend for the NIKE Camp."

Stewart also lists North Carolina as a possibility and plans on camping at all three Florida schools as well as a local camp called Down & Dirty (for linemen).

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