RECRUITING: Florida LB says Stoops is the best

Oakland Park LB Dimitri Stewart gives a leader and a top five. Are the Sooners a serious contender?


Dimitri Stewart is one bad boy at linebacker and he has the physical talent that makes every collegiate defensive coach lick his chops just to coach.

Stewart will be a three-year starter this year as he played defensive end last year and then at free safety his sophomore season. Last year Stewart finished with 67 tackles, 12 sacks, 25 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and he recovered four fumbles. This year he will move to outside linebacker, a position that he feels he will play in college.

"That is where everybody is recruiting me," said Stewart. "To be honest, I don't know if I will be an outside linebacker in college, but everybody is recruiting me as a linebacker. I am looking forward to playing linebacker because I am very physical and I like really laying a hit on somebody."

Stewart can bench 265 pounds, squats over 400 and he has posted a 34-inch vertical jump. Stewart also runs the 100M (10.8 ), 200M (23.0) and the 4X100 relay (anchor) in track.

Stewart has an amazing 57 offers at this time and he is trying to sort through all of them.

"I'm just trying to just concentrate on football and let the recruiting handle itself," said Stewart. "My top five right now is Miami, Notre Dame, LSU, Oklahoma and Ohio State.

I like Oklahoma's style of defense, and I think that Bob Stoops is one of the best defensive coaches in the country. I really don't think there is anybody better. Oklahoma is so fast on defense and they always seem to blitz from somewhere. I love how their defensive coaches always have the players in the right position to blitz.

"Miami is my favorite right now. I have been down there a couple of times and I am real comfortable with the coaches and players. Plus, it is close to home. However, I am wide open right now and I could sign with anybody. I will visit Oklahoma and probably those five schools that I mentioned."

Stewart is still waiting for his test scores to come back.

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