July 30, 2010

Others moving in on LB Stewart

Fresh off a breakthrough performance at the University of Florida, linebacker Graham Stewart's decision isn't going to get any easier. Stewart already had plenty of offers to choose from, and now some of the big names in college football are going to turn up the heat.

Florida verbally offered the 6-foot-1, 216-pound linebacker from Middleton (Conn.) Xavier a scholarship this week and as you might expect, Stewart was thrilled about that development in the recruiting process.

Stewart will be taking a trip to Iowa to see what the Hawkeyes have to offer before his senior season starts.

UConn has been recruiting Stewart hard, obviously, as he is one of the top prospects to come out of the state in recent memory and the Huskies can sell the location angle better than any of the other schools he is hearing from.

"I've told UConn that I'm keeping all of my windows open," Stewart said. "I'm not cutting off ties with anyone. The last time I went up there was for their camp just for a day to compete.

"I've been sending them some e-mails, and some other schools. I've been doing more of that (than phone calls). Recently it's just been crazy how busy I've been. I'm trying to take a little time away from all of this (recruiting process). It's stressful. I'm 17 and it's tough to be a kid."

Stewart said his family has been very supportive throughout the recruiting process. They aren't pushing him in any direction and he said they will be in his corner regardless of his decision. He has not narrowed his list yet or come out with a list of favorites, and he said he doesn't have a timetable for doing that. He's opting to take things on a day-to-day basis.

"I feel like I will probably take official visits," he said. "I'm at a confusing point with it now, honestly. My ideal goal has been to get everything finished and done with before the summer but if it drags out a little into the school year that's okay. I've just got to feel it in my heart and my family has to be okay with it."

Stewart is ranked the No. 24 outside linebacker in the nation and the No. 2 prospect in Connecticut for the Class of 2011.

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