Clemson's prized football recruits on the right track

Tony Steward


CLEMSON -- Clemson football's prized five-star recruits are making their grades and getting healthy.

Linebackers Tony Steward and Stephone Anthony, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins have the requisite test scores and are on track to qualify according to their high school coaches. Reports have running back Mike Bellamy meeting requirements to enroll in the fall, and receiver Charone Peake (3.5 GPA) is already qualified.

"(Anthony) is totally qualified," Anson Senior coach Luke Hyatt said. "He's top 10 in his class; he carries between a 3.5-3.7 GPA."

Steward's high school coach, Keith Cromwell, says the nation's top-rated middle linebacker needs Cs or better in his remaining classes, which conclude today.

"He's good," Cromwell said. "He's got the test scores."

The greater question is perhaps with Steward's health.

In November, Steward tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, which required surgery and a lengthy rehab.

Rated as a top 10 overall prospect by ESPN, Steward is on track to participate, at least on a limited basis, when Clemson's summer camp opens Aug. 5.

'Coach (Jeff) Scott was just down here two weeks ago and met with the doctor,' Cromwell said. 'All signs point to Steward being ready to practice by (early August). When Clemson starts camp, he'll be ready to go.

'They plan on playing him, not redshirting him.'

Bellamy, a state champion in the 100 meters in 2010, has not competed with his track team since midseason, but Charlotte (Fla.) High track coach Jerry Voss said his absence is not because of injury, rather Bellamy taking time off to study for exams.

Bellamy is the highest rated running back to leave Florida for an out-of-state ACC school since C.J. Spiller.