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Friday, January 28, 2011

Stewart headed to Florida

It appears that Xavier linebacker Graham Stewart will sign a national letter of intent sometime next week to play at Florida, according to Xavier coach Sean Marinan.

Stewart originally made a oral commitment to play at Boston College.

On Stewart's decision, Marinan said "(Stewart) pretty much made (it)."

Said Marinan: "They (Florida) Fed-Ex'ed a letter of intent up here, but, for some reason, he (Stewart) couldn't pick it up today so he'll pick it up on Saturday. It's been a dream of his to play down there."

Stewart will play in the Team USA vs. The World game on Wednesday, which is national signing day. Marinan said Stewart will probably sign his letter of intent next Friday.

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Blogger ObserverCollege said...

Thank goodness someone talked some sense into this kid. If you are going to national all-star games, you don't belong at Boston College. You belong someplace like Florida, where you can concentrate on your craft during the workday and enjoy the fruits of your labor on evenings and off-season weekends.

I will say, however, that this kid played things just right. You give a verbal to a BC to secure your place. Or, you tell someone like UConn that they are one of the two finalists. Then you tell the football schools that you are "open for business", that the talk about academics being important is just for public relations. You make your visits, knowing that the safety school won't kick you off their list. Finally, you choose the SEC-type school that comes through, with a last mention of being a "student" as it really doesn't hurt and it takes no effort.

BC can say "what can you do, how can we compete with Florida, we're just lucky to go 6-6 each year with all our disadvantages". A UConn can crow about coming in second place for all these ballyhooed recruits. And in case something funky happens, the kid had a rainy day plan in case he needed to stick things out a year before transferring.

Really, a win-win all around. Well done, young man. Well done.

January 29, 2011 at 12:05 PM 
Blogger Scalz said...

January 29, 2011 at 1:42 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

boston college doesnt finish 6-6 each year and they are poised to return to the top 25 in the next few seasons with the influx of recruits and underclassmen joining the line up. Stewart deciding on BC early was probably a decision he dreamed of all along, but when he heard from coaches like UF's he couldnt resist. I doubt there was a plan to hold these other coaches off until the perfect time because he would have fit in just fine at BC and made an impact whereas he will have to wait and sit a couple years until he sees any action with the gators in my opinion.

January 29, 2011 at 11:26 PM 
Blogger Jeff said...

Try to get your facts straight before you speak, ObserverCollege.

January 31, 2011 at 10:08 AM 

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