Noles Land Commitment No. 11

When it rains it pours. Like last year, the Garnet & Gold are on an early run by picking up their second verbal commitment of the evening. Tonight the Noles pick up arguably the top defensive tackle in the state.

When it comes to the top defensive tackles, names like Callahan Bright, Brandon Perry, and Jeff Owens were always mentioned as the top players at their position. One defensive tackle that was never mentioned among the best in the nation was Kendrick Stewart of Lakeland (Fla.). After dominating the state playoffs this year in Florida and making in impact in the Championship game, Stewart has pulled the trigger.

"I am going to Florida State, that's where I want to spend the next four years playing football," Stewart said. "It's a dream of mine to play for the Seminoles and run out that tunnel and hear the War-chant playing."

So what made the decision so easy for the Lakeland star?

"Odell Haggins, he is my favorite coach and always makes me feel at ease," he said. "I know he can get me ready to take my game to another level. He will prepare me the very best he can and hopefully one day I will be playing on Sundays."

When spoke with Stewart, he mentioned to us why he decided to get the process of recruiting out of the way.

"It just got to hectic for me and I wanted to play at FSU, it was an easy decision for me," he said. "My mom also likes Odell and felt he was the best coach for me to play for. She felt he was very easy to get along with and someone that can be trusted."

One thing that everyone is now talking about Stewart is well known for is his back flip after making a sack. He mentioned how that will be retired now that he is going to college.

"That's celebration leap and dance is great but I don't think I can get away with it in college without hurting the team," he said. "When I get my first sack I will have to find a new way to celebrate."

Now that he has made his decision will Stewart take anymore visits?

"No I am all done with recruiting, and I will stick with my decision to play at Florida State," he said. "I took one visit to Iowa and my only other visit will be to FSU."
As a senior Stewart, was named MVP of the state finals as Lakeland won the championship over St. Thomas Aquinas. Stewart capped a great season in which he had 76 tackles including 23 tackles for loss.

He also shined in the Florida/California All-Star game by registering two sacks in that contest.

Stewart, who is academically qualified, is the Seminoles 11th commitment so far in the class of 2005.

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