Closing in on Steward

Churphy Steward traveled to the Les Miles summer camp with a mission – to grab the attention of the headman himself. As the 6-foot-1, 260-pound back sat in Miles' office before his departure last Wednesday, all seemed to be lining up to perfection.

Every recruiting class has a big personality, and none in Louisiana – at least for 2010 – look to be bigger than Breaux Bridge’s Churphy Steward.

Following his eye-opening performance at the Les Miles camp last week, the defensive tackle made light of the dominance that was.

“I thought they were going to have some competition for me out there,” he laughed. “I felt pretty unstoppable, so I guess they didn’t. I jut could not get blocked.”

With that sort of dominance, it is no surprise to hear who noticed first.

“[Defensive line] Coach [Brick] Haley sized me up right away, and he looked me up and down and told me I was good to go. But, that’s the reaction I get from everyone,” he laughed.

“Really, he was impressed with how I got after it. I turned some heads, and that was the point of going and working out for them.”

By the time Tiger Ball rolled around, Steward had the attention of The Chief.

“[Defensive coordinator] Coach [John] Chavis saw me when I took on his team at Tiger Ball, and he was blown away by my speed,” he said. “He said he was impressed, and he immediately started finding out more about me.”

By the end of his five-day stay, which began on Saturday with a tour of the campus, Steward was in Miles’ office – right where he planned to be.

What followed, Steward said, was a conversation that he hopes will hold weight over the coming years.

“Coach Miles told me that I was the kind of guy he needed, and he asked me if I wanted to be a Tiger,” he said. “I paused for a bit and let him know that if he supported me, I would be in all the way.”

The support, Steward said, will come academically.

“I am not going to qualify, and I realize that,” he said. “I am working hard everyday, but I will need more work in junior college. Coach Miles said that he would sign a guy like me if he could place me and I would stay committed.

“I told him that it would be nothing to worry about,” he added. “We let things sit at that, but as of now LSU is my leader. If they decide to go after it and sign and place me, I will go ahead and commit.”

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