Klein (Texas) OL Stewart an LSU target

One look at LSU's depth chart and it is apparent the Tigers need to have a stellar crop of offensive linemen in the 2006 signing class. With five upperclassmen listed on the two-deep chart, combined with only two signees in last year's class, this is the No. 1 area of focus for Les Miles and the rest of the staff.

There are several blue-chip linemen that the Tigers are in the running for with one of them being massive offensive tackle Chris Stewart (6-5, 360, 5.4) of Klein (Texas).

Stewart says he has somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 offers but he has narrowed his list down to four select schools.

"I'm down to Ole Miss, LSU, Texas A&M and Notre Dame," he said.

Reports have recently surfaced over the last few days that Ole Miss had moved into the driver's seat for Stewart.

When Tiger Rag asked him if he had a leader, or a school that was leading over the others, Stewart gave us a different story.

"Right now I am really open to all four," he said. "Those four are really tied because they each have something to bring to the table. They all have great facilities, great coaches and they put a big emphasis on academics."

LSU running backs coach Larry Porter recruits Stewart and the two have gotten pretty close throughout the recruiting process.

The two last spoke two nights ago when Stewart told him that LSU was in his final four.

"He was happy to hear that," Stewart said.

Stewart took an unofficial visit to LSU back in the spring to watch his sister, who is on the Ole Miss track and field team, perform at Bernie Moore Stadium. On his visit he got to see a lot of the football side of things at LSU but he saw something else that impressed him just as much.

"I really appreciated the loyal fan base they have," Stewart said. "They had fans at the track meet and then across the street they had a ton of fans at the baseball game. Then the women were in the final four and you saw people all over the place walking around with radios listening to the basketball game. All of this was going on during spring break too. I wouldn't have thought there would be that many people on campus at that time but there was."

As for making a decision about his future, Stewart said he has visited each of his finalists except for Notre Dame. Once he makes it to South Bend he hopes to have a decision at hand so he can start flying the colors of his new team.

"I told all of the coaches that I don't want to drag this thing out and I'd like to have made a decision in a couple of months or even sooner," Stewart said. "I just don't want recruiting to interfere with my senior season."

By the numbers: (Jr.) 50+ pancake blocks/Bench 390/Squat 500/Vertical Jump 26"/Power Clean 275/4.9 GPA on a 5.0 scale/1650 SAT

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