LSU Football: 5-star DE says something ‘special’ is happening in Baton Rouge

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One of LSU football‘s top 2022 recruiting targets is five-star defensive end Shemar Stewart.

Stewart, 6-foot-5/260 lbs from Opa Locka, FL (Monsignor Pace), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 1 strong-side defensive end in the country and the No. 1 player in Florida. He’s also rated as the No. 7 overall player in the 2022 recruiting class.

247Sports recruiting analyst Andrew Ivins says Stewart has “rare physical traits and elite testing numbers suggest that he could blossom into an all-conference type of player at a Power 5 program”.

Ivins also notes that Stewart “owns one of the longest reaches out of any pass rusher in the entire 2022 cycle with a wingspan that stretches well over 80 inches”.

The Florida native holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Texas A&M, among many others.

Shemar Stewart feels good about the future of LSU football

Stewart isn’t in a hurry to commit anywhere. The dynamic defensive lineman is scheduled to take numerous visits this summer, including to Miami, LSU, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, Georgia, Florida State, Clemson, South Carolina, and Alabama.

LSU is the perceived leader for Stewart, though there’s still a long way to go in this intense recruiting battle.

One of the reasons that Stewart is high on the Tigers is because he thinks LSU has “something special” brewing in Baton Rouge.

“They (LSU) are saying that I’m a must get in their class,” said Stewart recently to 247Sports. “I think they got some special going on there.”

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It’ll be interesting to see if LSU is still considered the leader for Stewart after visits next month. There’s no doubt that the programs pursuing Stewart will put on the full-court press in the coming months in hopes of landing the elite defensive end.