Nation's No. 1 defensive end has Tigers high on his list


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Stewart has an impressive offer list, including Clemson.
Stewart has an impressive offer list, including Clemson.

Clemson recently offered the nation’s top defensive end prospect for the 2022 recruiting cycle, adding to a long list of impressive offers -- but that’s OK. Shemar Stewart is taking his time with the decision making process.

The 5-star out of Miami (FL) Monsignor Pace High School is listed as the No. 1 player in the state of Florida by 247Sports and is rated as the top strongside defensive end prospect by that scouting service. Clemson recently reached out with an offer.

“Coach (Lemanski) Hall reached out to me,” Stewart said. “He said he had watched my film and he loved my abilities and my potential. The Clemson offer means a lot to me. It means I have the ability to play at that level and that is a reward for all of my hard work.”

What does he know about Clemson?

“I am willing to learn everything,” he said. “I know that for the past ten years they have had more wins than any other team and they've been in the College Football Playoff five years straight and they've been in four National Championship games and they've won two National Championships.”

Stewart boasts an impressive list of offers, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Penn State, Auburn, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas A&M. He had planned to take several visits during the spring, but the pandemic slowed down his recruiting process.

“I can't wait for all of this to be over so I can see all of these schools,” Stewart said. “I want to see a school that has a good environment and good educational opportunities as well as a place where you can succeed on the field.”

Which schools are recruiting him the hardest and have the early lead on the field?

“Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Miami, Tennessee, Florida, and Penn State are probably the schools that I talk to the most,” Stewart said. “I would say Clemson would be one of my five official visits if we can take visits during the fall.”

However, he isn’t in a hurry to make a decision.

“I really don’t know when I will begin to narrow things down, but nothing too soon,” Stewart said. “I would say when I start taking visits to campuses and seeing what each school is like then I will start thinking about narrowing a list down or even making a decision.”

He tallied 15 sacks with 48 total stops as a sophomore.

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