JUNIOR VIDEO: Cedric Steward

The Texas Longhorns have two defensive tackles already committed for next year in Taylor Bible and De'Aires Cotton, but several more have invites to the February 28 Junior Day. Cedric Steward is one of those invitees and Gerry Hamilton breaks down Steward's video.

Channelview defensive tackle prospect Cedric Steward has been invited to the Texas Junior Day on February 28.

Scouting Report

The 6-2, 285-pound tackle is a very high ceiling prospect. He has played a lot of snaps at right tackle the last two years with more on defense in 2008 than 2007.

Steward is a naturally strong kid in the lower body and has very strong hands. At right tackle, his initial punch can be very powerful at times and he can drive defenders because of his size. He has quick, reactive feet that show up on both sides of the ball.

Steward could be special as a zero technique at the next level. He has a quick first step and is very tough to move off of his spot. Against North Shore on video, he stood up to a quality double team and held his ground. He showed the ability to move laterally down the line of scrimmage while engaged and still have an impact on plays. He's got to get off blocks better at times, but he is a guy one wants taking on two blockers and controlling a gap. He did show the ability to get penetration as well when lined up as a three tech or even an I-four.

Steward is more of a play disruptor than a playmaker. He isn't going to run down players, but will control a gap and force designed inside runs to be bounced outside.

In the future, Steward will likely be a 305-310 pound zero tech with a strong and powerful body. Steward's ability to run is very impressive. He plays on the Channelview basketball team as well and has lost weight seven pounds to 285 recently. An ankle sprain hampered Steward for part of the 2008 season, which led to some inconsistent play.

In the future when he can concentrate on defense only, he has the chance to be a very good player.


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