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Steward not tipping his hand

Powerful ILB has Clemson, Bama and FSU in top three, but not close to final decision

Originally Published: April 19, 2010
By Jc Shurburtt | ESPN Recruiting

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Linebacker Tony Steward (St. Augustine, Fla./Menendez) is one of the top prospects at his position in the country and has a plan for when he wants to make a decision.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comTony Steward has Clemson, Alabama and FSU at the top, but UCLA is making a big move.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder holds scholarship offers from across the country and currently has a top three of Alabama, Clemson and Florida State. The buzz around the Gainesville Nike Football Training Camp is that Steward is Tallahassee-bound, but according to a couple of people familiar with the football program at Menendez, Steward hasn't tipped his hand internally.

Steward plans to prep for his team's forthcoming spring practice, then will hit the road in the summer. He plans to narrow his list after the summer, take his official visits and make a decision sometime around national signing day next year.

"I have got to get through next season before I can make my decision," he said. "[During the summer], I want to get to the colleges and see how I feel. I want to see what they offer me and what I can contribute to them. Then I will take my officials."

Steward has a list of things he will look at when he goes to make his decision.

"I am going to be looking at the academics that each school offers me, so if I don't have football, I will have a solid degree to fall back on," Steward said. "I want to check out the coaches, the community and the team, as long as they are caring and they help you with whatever you need help with. I've got to have a good atmosphere and I've got to feel good there."

Steward and some of his teammates plan to camp at Clemson, Alabama and perhaps Florida this summer.

Driskel will play in the SEC

Under Armour All-American quarterback Jeff Driskel (Oviedo, Fla./Hagerty) has narrowed his list to five Southeastern Conference programs.

"It's Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU and Tennessee, in no order," he said.

The 6-4, 220-pounder had another impressive showing Sunday. He has great size and a great arm, and his speed (consistently runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash) is proven.

The Gators are in need of a big-time quarterback or two in this class and have zeroed in on Driskel as their top target for one of the spots.

Lyons looking for that feeling

Safety Wayne Lyons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Dillard) was one of the better prospects at the event and has nearly two dozen scholarship offers. He plans to trim his list at some point in the near future.

"I want to get it down to a top 15," he said.

Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, USC and a host of other programs have offered the 6-foot, 190-pounder.

Lyons says he is looking for a program he gets a "feeling" about and that he will then know which program is for him.

Lyons' mother, Gwen Bush, is helping him with his recruitment and has been a big source of inspiration in his decision-making process.

"She and I are basically going through it together," he said. "She is the one telling me about the gut feeling and that it's got to feel right for me. Whichever school feels right for me, that is where I have to go."

Though Lyons holds a high grade point average and could likely do so, he doesn't plan on graduating from high school early and enrolling at the college of his choice.

"I can come up and make the big hits, and when they put it in the air I can make big plays on the ball," Lyons said.

Lyons has programs from across the country interested in him, including all of the big three Florida programs (Gators, Seminoles, Hurricanes). Location isn't going to matter, though.

"I don't think [geography] is really a factor, because it's got to feel good to me," he said. "I've got to have that good feeling."

Quick hitters

• Defensive tackle Ryan Bryson (Saint Augustine, Fla./Menendez) holds offers from Memphis and Western Kentucky and is getting looks from a number of other programs.

• Buzz around the camp was that tight end Brandon Fulse (Fort Meade, Fla./Fort Meade) will likely stay in state. Alabama could be the one program to snatch him out, if there is one that can do it.

• Defensive back Justin Coleman (Brunswick, Ga./Brunswick) says Kentucky is his current leader and he hopes to make a decision during the summer.

JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at jcsespn@aol.com.

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