Tim Stewart is one of Tampa Bay Tech's defensive leaders, and maybe the Titans' most versatile player. He was ranked No. 25 in the St. Petersburg Times' Fab 50 in the spring. Previously a linebacker, the 6-foot, 205-pound Stewart played strong safety last year out of necessity and is fast enough to play defensive back in a pinch. He was good enough at safety last season that he drew two offers to play the position in college. This year, he's back at linebacker for the Titans, who are coming off their best season (9-2). He chatted after the Titans' 14-7 win over Plant City on Friday night.
How would you say recruiting has gone for you?
The recruiting thing is going pretty good. I'm thinking about getting ready to go to Iowa State. It's a good team, they have a good education for me, and they said they'll have tutors for me that way I can get my work done and stuff.
Who else is looking at you?
The Ohio Bobcats are looking at me. They've told me about the same things as Iowa State. So it's going pretty good for me.
You played strong safety last year and are back at linebacker this year. Where would Iowa State and Ohio play you?
Iowa State said strong safety. Ohio said the same thing.
Which position do you prefer?
I like linebacker better. I like being in the middle. There's lots of action there.
Do you think as you perform this season, more colleges will take notice? Do you think more offers are coming?
I plan on getting more offers. I think I'm going to have a good season. The best offer is the one I'll take. But I think more schools will be interested as we go through the season.
What do they tell you they like about you?
That I'm fast, and I'm a sure tackler.
What kind of things do you need to work on?
I have to work on a lot of stuff. My leadership is one. I have to be the one making sure we're not fooling around, working hard at practice. Get some one-on-one time with my teammates, so we all know the goal is to go all the way and reach our destiny.
What kind of player do you think you are?
I'm fast, and I never quit. I'm a talented player that goes 100 percent every play.
I saw you limp out there on the last extra point, after limping off earlier and missing some of the game. That's what you're talking about, right?
Definitely. I caught a cramp on the sideline in both my calves. It was still bothering me, but I don't ever give up.
What are you running and lifting?
I run a 4.5 in the 40, and I'm benching around 240, 250.
You guys have big plans this year. Is it hard, being you're a senior, not to worry or get caught up in recruiting or playing for a college scholarship?
It's not hard. I just have to play this first, and then go to college second. I just have to keep praying.
CHICKillo's FUTURE: Alonso DE Anthony Chickillo, the highest rated uncommitted player on the Times' Fab 50 at No. 4, will announce his school choice at 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at Alonso. Though it has always been assumed Miami, where his father played, was the frontrunner, the Hurricanes have competition from six finalists: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee and USF.
Other top 15 players listed in the Times' Fab 50 that have yet to make a decision: Jefferson's Andre Davis (No. 6), Countryside's Alex Dixon (7), Freedom LB Keith Lewis (9), Armwood's Josh Grady (12) and Jefferson's Ramik Wilson (14).