LB Has Canes As Favorite

Broward County was well represented in the University of Miami's recruiting class from last year. Tyrone Moss, Andrew Bain, Cyrim Wimbs, Teraz McCray, Tavares Gooden, Jon Beason, and Glenn Cook all signed with the Hurricanes. A year later, only Anthony Reddick showed up on the list.

The tide should turn again this coming year, as Broward is loaded with top notch prospects. One of the best is Northeast standout linebacker/defensive end Dimitri Stewart.

At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Stewart has been working hard in preparation for his senior season.

"I've been going to some of the speed camps here in south Florida lately," Stewart said. "They work on everything from your start to form to finishing, everything. I got my time down to a 4.56 and that's one of the better times I saw."

Stewart, who played defensive end as a junior last season, finished the 2003 season with 65 tackles, eight sacks, and six caused fumbles. He's moving to outside linebacker for his senior season.

"I'll be playing more in space, just being able to be in position to make more plays," he said. "I'll always be around the ball. I'm not sure what I'll play in college but I will see how playing linebacker goes. I'm ready."

The talented linebacker plans on testing his skills at the NIKE Camp at UM on April 4.

"I'll be there because I know a lot of other top linebackers will be," he said. "It'll give me a chance to see how I match up with some of the best. I'm ready."

Stewart, who carries a 3.2 GPA inside the classroom, also participates in varsity track -- 100m hurdles, 100m, and 200m. He's quickly becoming one of the top prospects in south Florida.

"Three schools have already sent me a scholarship offer," he said. "I got one from Auburn, Duke, and Rutgers so far. I think Miami's on the verge of offering now."

Stewart said he got that impression while visiting UM this past Saturday for the school's Junior Day.

"It was the day Kellen Winslow and all those guys were working out for all the pro guys," he said. "I talked a lot to Coach Cristobol because I guess he'll be recruiting me. He sends the mail and stuff like that. I also talked to Larry Coker. He's real cool. Coach Cristobol told me that if it were up to him, I'd have a scholarship already and now they just need to decide on it as a coaching staff, see more of my tape and stuff like that."

When asked for a list of favorites, Stewart only seemed interested in talking about one of them -- Miami.

"UM's my leader," he said. "I'll look at the schools that offer me and a lot of people are sending mail right now but UM's the school I really hope offers me. I think they will. I just gotta go out and prove to them that I'm ready to play with those guys. Plus, I loved the school and enjoyed talking to the coaches and seeing the players perform. It seems like the right situation for me."

Stewart said he's a little different than most linebackers because of his size/speed combination.

"I can play linebacker or defensive end," he said. "If I'm at end, I can beat those guys with my quickness off the ball. At linebacker, I have the size and the speed to cover running backs and chase people down and stuff."

The talented linebacker was asked what his expectations were for this coming season. It didn't take long for him to answer.

"Playoffs," he said quickly. "That's what it's all about. We are aiming for the state playoffs and if we work hard enough, I think we can get there."

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