LSU Football: How we were very wrong about 5-star DE Shemar Stewart and the Tigers

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We recently suggested that LSU football could land five-star defensive lineman Shemar Stewart this summer after his official visit to Baton Rouge on June 4.

Boy were we wrong.

Stewart took his visit to LSU this past weekend, but it apparently didn’t go quite as well as we thought it would.

In fact, it sounds like it went much worse.

LSU Football is fading for Shemar Stewart

Stewart, 6-foot-5/260 lbs from Opa Locka, FL (Monsignor Pace), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 2 defensive lineman in the country and the No. 1 player in Florida. He’s also ranked as the No. 7 overall player in the 2022 recruiting class.

Last month, it was reported that Stewart only had one official visit scheduled so far this summer. And that visit was to LSU.

That news, combined with the way Stewart’s recruitment has been trending over the last couple of months, led me to write that Stewart could be the next five-star player to commit to the Tigers.

Unfortunately for LSU, it doesn’t look like that will be the case.

247Sports’ Andrew Ivins reported this week that Stewart’s visit to Baton Rouge over the weekend has changed the outlook of this recruiting battle.

“[Stewart] still plans to consider the Tigers moving forward, but one well-placed source believes that there’s a good chance Stewart eventually ends up signing with another school,” wrote Ivins.

Miami now appears to be the team to beat for the talented defensive lineman.

I’ve written about college football for over eight years. And I’ve made a lot of predictions over those eight years. Some good, some not so good. I feel it’s important to hold myself accountable.

This prediction by me for Stewart/LSU was on the not-so-good side. But that’s how it goes in sports. The unpredictability is why sports consume us on a daily basis.

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As for Stewart, it’s certainly possible that LSU could jump back to the front of his recruitment. But it looks like the Tigers have a lot of work to do if that’s going to happen.