Rutgers Visit Impresses Steward

Pedro Menendez High (St. Augustine, Fla.) linebacker Tony Steward was shocked with what he learned about Rutugers as he takes in this week's camp. But is it enough to change his thinking of the Scarlet Knights in terms of his recruitment? Steward spoke with about his thought process, what he is learing about Rutgers and much. Go inside and see what he had to say.

There were no palm trees, but also no concrete fortress. The caliber of player exceeded Tony Steward's expectations, and Rutgers made a bigger mark than's No.7-ranked middle linebacker thought it would.

Steward, an elite recruit from Pedro Menendez High (St. Augustine, Fla.), is camping at Rutgers this week. After arriving Sunday, he is not slated to leave until Wednesday, although he may not be playing much now after tweaking his left knee in Monday's afternoon session.

Before making the trip north, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Stewart said he wasn't sure how much he considered Rutgers a player for his services.

But now?

"It's pretty high now that I came up and saw it," Steward said. "I like it a lot. It's the people here, and the way they treat you. There's some really nice athletes here. A lot of good Jersey guys are here. I was surprised. It's a lot better than I thought it would be."

Steward spent time talking to the Rutgers coaching staff, including a quick one-on-one with coach Greg Schiano during the night session's 7-on-7 play.

"It's pretty good here," Steward said. "They are showing a lot of interest. It's good."

Steward already camped at Florida and Clemson, and he plans on camping at Alabama next month.

But those environments are different to what Steward is experiencing at Rutgers, where his expectation level clashed with reality.

"It's not like I thought it would be," he said. "I thought it would be real cold and prettymuch all city, with no trees or anything like that."

Steward is yet to narrow his list, but currently he said knows of only three schools that will make his top 10.

"I know all my schools in the south will be on it," Steward said. "Florida, Florida State and Miami."

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