Impressive Florida DT has UofL Offer

Defensive tackle Kendrick Stewart of Lakeland (FL) High School has a Louisville offer and is considering a future trip to the River City.

Kendrick Stewart is one of the top defensive tackle prospects coming back in the state of Florida this year. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Stewart, who starts his final year of high school on Thursday, finished his junior season with 65 total tackles and six quarterback sacks.

However, due to a summer work schedule Stewart was unable to make any unofficial visits or attend many camps during the off season.

"I had to work all summer so I didn't get to go many places," Stewart explained. "I did go to Florida's camp and I think I did alright."

Despite not making the camp circuit, Stewart is well known among college coaches recruiting the Sunshine State.

"I have offers from Louisville, West Virginia, East Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and a couple others," said Stewart. "Florida, Florida State and Purdue are sending me a lot of stuff lately too."

Also a top-notch weightlifter, Stewart admits a slight favorite, but remains open.

"I'm really wide open right now, but I'm leaning a little towards Florida," he said. "I probably won't decide until after the season because I want to take all of my visits."

Also a good student, Stewart has a good idea of what he will be searching for while making visits this fall.

"First, I want to make sure I am comfortable with the school," Stewart explained. "I'll look at the school's graduation rates and the depth chart of the team. I want to go somewhere where I don't have to sit...I'd like to play some my first year."

Thanks to a former Cardinal great, Stewart already has an idea of what the Louisville football program has to offer.

"I know [former UofL tight end] Ronnie Ghent really well," Stewart said. "He signed with the [Philadelphia] Eagles and hee worked out at our school during the summer. He gave me a lot of advice and he's been a big help."

Stewart also stated that because of his relationship with Ghent that he will likely schedule a visit to Louisville later this year.

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