DL Plans To Visit UM

This defensive line prospect started his career as a running back but as he grew, he was moved to the defensive line. It is at defensive line that he has thrived and he has the offers to prove it. We'll let you in on where he plans to play his college ball and what his timetable is for a decision.

At 6-foot-5 and 297 pounds, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis standout defensive end Carnell Stewart began his football career in 7th grade as a running back.

"I played running back from 7th to 9th," Stewart said. "Then I just got tired of getting hit. I wanted to start hitting people instead. Plus I was getting pretty big. That's when the coaches switched me to defensive line."

Three years later, Stewart is now one of the top defensive line prospects in the entire country. He has the scholarship offers to prove it.

"I've gotten so many that I've lost count," he said. "At first I used to keep track because it was so exciting. Then they started coming one after the other. I'm still considering about 10 schools but I have a top seven. The main ones right now are Michigan, Colorado, LSU, Clemson, Oklahoma, Florida, and Miami."

The talented defensive lineman, who will turn 19 in December, talked about the Hurricanes.

"Miami's a good school," he said. "They're always playing for national championships. They said they're losing six or seven defensive linemen after this season so I think I would have a chance to play early there. Like most schools, they offered me as a defensive end. I guess they like my quickness (editor's note: Stewart said he was timed at 4.79 and 4.80 at the LSU summer camp last month). Miami is probably one of the schools I'll be making a visit to after the season's over."

Stewart, who carries a 2.8 core GPA and also plays center on the varsity basketball team, said he's also considering North Carolina, Texas A&M, and West Virginia.

The standout lineman talked about his goals for this coming season.

"I finished last year with 90 tackles," he said. "I want to finish my senior year with at least 100. That's my goal."

Stewart said he plans on taking his time with the recruiting process.

"There's no rush," he said. "A lot of schools are recruiting me so I want to take some trips and figure out where the best place for me is going to be. Right now, I don't know where that might be."

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