July 14, 2010

Five Star LB Visiting Capstone

Alabama's final high school camp of the summer is turning out to be an impressive gathering of some of the top prospects in the nation for the Class of 2011. Among those elite prospects set to attend the camp is the nation's No. 2 overall prospect according to Rivals.com, St. Augustine (FL) linebacker Tony Steward. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound five-star prospect has his choice of virtually any school in the country as to where to spend his college career and the visit to Tuscaloosa next week could play a big part in Steward's ultimate decision.

"I think the plan right now is for Tony to come down Monday and Tuesday at least but he may stay through Wednesday.  He is looking forward to visiting Alabama.  It is a school he is very interested in, and I think he wants to give them the same shot as some of the other schools he has visited lately like Clemson," said Menendez High School coach Keith Cromwell.  "This won't be a trip where he comes to work out. He is more interested in finding out more about the school, coaches and players.  This will be a great opportunity for him.  Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt has done a great job recruiting him. I think he sees the opportunity at Alabama as a place where he can compete for championships, improve as a player and earn a quality education."

Cromwell said he expects Steward's recruitment to perhaps take a different path than that of a typical five-star recruit due to the elite prospect's unique personality.

"Tony isn't your typical kid.  He marches to the beat of a different drummer so to speak.  Some of the stuff that interests some kids, like staying close to home and going with the hot team, doesn't interest him.  If he has to move to Alaska, he will do so if it means that school has the right fit for him not only from a football standpoint but from an academic and social standpoint,"

While Steward's accomplishments on the field have earned him high praise, it's his character off the field that has helped him become one of the nation's most sought-after recruits, according to his coach.

"He is one of the best kids I have ever had the privilege of coaching.  His character and work ethic is unbelievable. Not only was he blessed with tremendous physical tools, but because of the kind of kid he is, he will maximize every ounce of potential he has."

As a junior, Steward racked up 123 tackles, including 5 sacks, and two interceptions for Pedro Menendez High School.

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