COLUMBUS — Every day at an Ohio State camp there is a name or two that everyone wants to see, and on Wednesday one of those names was 5-star defensive end Shemar Stewart out of Monsignor Place High School in Opa Locka, Florida.
Stewart (6-5 260) is the No. 7 player in the 2022 Scoop100 and the top defensive end in the nation. Heading into the day, it wasn’t actually known if Stewart would choose to work out. Sometimes players as coveted as Stewart simply show up to a campus just to experience being around the team and the coaches, and it’s not like he needed to work out in order to earn an offer.
The workout did eventually happen and Johnson put Stewart through the paces, and each time the rising senior stood out. So much so that Buckeye Scoop’s own Bill Greene remarked on the All-Day Camp Thread that “this might be the best workout I’ve ever seen at the WHAC.”
Here’s a look at Stewart’s morning workout.
Following the session, Stewart admitted that he didn’t necessarily come prepared to workout. He’d been off the last couple of weeks visiting schools, but there was no way of telling based on what he showed. His speed jumps out, especially given his size as an edge rusher.
“I’m a real fast guy,” Stewart said. “On camera it doesn’t look like that, but in real life I’m pretty moving. But when that stops, I’ve got power too. I’m not all speed. I’m speed-powered. There’s a difference.”
This was Stewart’s first opportunity to experience Ohio State and its coaches, especially defensive line coach Larry Johnson.
“Out here it’s different,” he said. “Different vibe out here. I can tell there’s a competitive vibe in here with all of the coaches.”
In fact, Stewart admitted that one of the main reasons he wanted to visit Ohio State was to spend time with Larry Johnson and see how he coached. He then spent the entire morning finding out.
“He’s a great coach,” Stewart said. “There’s nothing much to say about it. He’s a great coach. I can tell he’s different.”
The current wisdom is that it’s going to be very hard for Ohio State to pull Stewart out of the South, but according to Stewart, distance won’t be a factor and if he wasn’t serious about the Buckeyes “I wouldn’t be here in the first place.”
After the workout, Stewart was scheduled to take a closer look at the Ohio State facilities and maybe see a bit more of campus. Yet even with all of that yet to do, he was already impressed with his visit.
“It lived up to all the expectations,” he said.
Stewart will be cutting his list down before the season begins but that’s about all he’s planned regarding his eventual decision. And when it comes time to choose a school, what will be the one thing that finally makes the decision for Stewart?
“The most important thing is I want to go somewhere that can develop me to be the best player that I can be,” he told Buckeye Scoop. “So it doesn’t matter if they’re my favorite school or not. I’m just going to go where they can develop me the best.”