At 6-foot-6 and 300 pounds, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis Christian standout defensive end Carnell Stewart has helped his team to a 9-1 record this season as they enter into the state playoffs.
In those 10 games, Stewart has 18 tackles, one caused fumble, and three blocked kicks.
A full academic qualifier, Stewart said recruiting action is starting to heat up as well.
"I'm starting to narrow it down a little more," he said. "I'm still working on my fourth and fifth visits but I got three of them set up so far. I have Colorado on December 13, although I may have to push that one back since we hope to be in the state title game. Then I have Florida on January 10 and Miami on January 24."
Stewart, who claims scholarship offers from all three schools, said he's unsure about his other two trips.
"I might take one to LSU," he said. "But I don't know if I want to stay around here or not. If I stay, I'll go to either LSU or Tulane. But I really am interested in playing in Florida. I really like both Florida and Miami. I don't really have one favorite and I want to take my visits before making a decision."
Stewart will take his visits with teammate Ryan Watson, another defensive line prospect who claims a Miami offer.
"We're trying to go to college together," he said. "So we have decided to take all our visits together. Hoepfully it will work out. All the schools recruiting me are also recruiting him and vica-versa."
Stewart talked about the possibility of playing defensive end in college.
"I want to play end and that's where the teams are recruiting me to play," he said. "I'm 300 now but I want to get down to about 285 for college. I ran a 4.75 at the LSU camp at 290 so I think I can do it. That was better than a lot of the ends at the camp."
Stewart talked more about the Hurricanes.
"They just call and have been letting me know what's going on," he said. "They're losing six or seven defensive linemen after this season so I think I would have a chance to compete for playing time right away. We're talking about Miami here."
Stewart said he has noticed the success that former Louisiana prep standouts have had at Miami.
"Look at Ed Reed," he said. "He's already ballin in the NFL. Reggie Wayne too. They both came from here and went to Miami. I know Akieem Jolla too and he's already playing as a true freshman. A lot of the guys from around here are interested in Miami. I see them at all the LSU games but a lot of us are looking strong at some out of state schools."
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