Breaux Bridge defensive tackle Churphy Steward has not been the topic of discussion as of late for many college football message boards. But while the attention has not been there for Steward, he has been working on his game and school work to prepare himself for a stellar senior season.
Steward, a 6-foot-1, 293-pounder, claims a 2.2 grade point average but says he was on the honor roll last spring and plans to stay on it for his last two semesters of high school. The clogging defensive tackle is taking the ACT in October and has not been able to practice with his team for the first week of team drills.
“Summer has been good except that I got the flu,” said Steward. “It’s not the Swine Flu but its holding me out of practice and my last days of summer. We have been practicing all week and I’m getting set to play defensive tackle again. Before getting sick I had been working in the weight room and preparing for my upcoming school year.”
Steward, who logged 85 tackles and five sacks as a junior, plays nose tackle in a 50 defense which means he draws quite a few double teams. Those impressive stats have drawn the interest from a few SEC schools among several others.
“I get lots of mail from Mississippi State and LSU,” said Steward. “I also hear a lot from Southern Miss, Auburn and Texas A&M, and If I stay on track with my grades I think I might get some offers during the season. I’m going to try and make a visit to LSU during the season and maybe Mississippi State too.”
Steward attended one of LSU’s camps this summer and since his performance he has been getting more and more attention from the Tigers.
“I went to the LSU camp in June and they didn’t have an offensive lineman there that could block me,” said Steward. “The coaches loved me. They really liked how quick I was off of the ball and how I got off of blocks.”
While Steward’s camp performance was impressive to the LSU staff, defensive line coach Brick Haley was impressed enough to pursue the unknown defensive tackle. While these past two weeks have been hard on Steward, he has not been less than prudent on contacting Haley and LSU.
“I was supposed to get in touch with coach Haley for a few days but I have been really sick,” said Steward. “I have a pretty good relationship with him and he is a good coach so he is my real tie to LSU. I already love a lot of things about the school.
“I really like their workout program and their fans,” added Steward. “I was at that Alabama game and when they blocked that kick I didn’t know what to think. I’ve never seen anything like it. Crazy is the only word for it.”
Steward holds official offers from Tulsa and Louisiana Tech and hopes to keep improving his grades and performing on the field throughout his season. He plans on visiting LSU, Mississippi State and possibly Texas A&M during the season, but one team is still on top in Steward’s mind.
“If they want to get back with me and have me sign and place, LSU is still the place for me,” he said. “All I can do is work on my grades and help my team out for now and we will see what happens after the season.”