July 2, 2008

Louisiana linebacker remains wide open

One of the things Ruffin McNeill has established thus far in his brief tenure as Texas Tech's defensive coordinator is that he loves speed and rangy defenders. And he really loves a player who happens to be both.

Well, Shreveport (LA) Byrd linebacker Jonathan Stewart checks in at about 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, and runs a 4.6 forty, making him a prime candidate for McNeill's aggressive defensive scheme. So, it should come as no surprise that Texas Tech is one of Stewart's 19 scholarship offers thus far.

"Recruiting is going good so far," said the three-star LB. "I'm up to 19 offers now, so that feels pretty good."

When asked which schools have extended a written offer, Stewart took a deep breath and rambled off some of the top programs in the country.

"Well, all the schools that you already have on my profile (Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M) have already offered me," he explained. "And I guess the more recent ones are Arizona, Duke, SMU, TCU, Cal, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Southern Miss, and I think that's it. I may have missed one or two but I think that's it right there."

With so many options to choose from, Stewart is taking his time and isn't playing favorites just yet.

"I still have everyone on the same level," he said. "Here in a few weeks I might start narrowing things down a little, but I don't know yet. When I do start to narrow it down though, I'll be mainly looking at where I want to take my officials."

Having already taken three unofficial visits (LSU, Mississippi State, and Texas A&M) this spring, Stewart isn't sure if he'll make any more unofficial visits or not.

"I don't know what the rest of my schedule really looks like to tell you the truth," he explained. "Like I said, I'm really just 100% open to all the schools, so I haven't decided yet which schools I'll probably visit this summer. I do want to take some though, I just don't know where yet."

With a 3.0 core GPA and a 20 on his ACT, Stewart is already fully qualified and will undoubtedly be an asset to whatever program he chooses.

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