January 15, 2009

Four-star LB visiting Tech this weekend

The American Football Coaches Association Convention that took place earlier in the week provided a dead period for the recruiting process. While college coaches were forced to stay off the recruiting trail, many of the nation's top ranked prospects were able to relax a bit.

"We're just enjoying the coach's conventions so that we can take a break," said James Stewart, father of Shreveport (LA) linebacker Jonathan Stewart. "We're cooling our heels and waiting until the last couple of weeks so he can make his decision."

With signing day just around the corner, on February 4th, the Stewarts are feeling the process heat up one more time before it comes to an end.

"It should pick up in the last two weeks. We've been in contact with several schools and they said they're going to call and schedule an in-home visit or two once they get their schedules set."

After going on visits to Cal and Texas A&M already, the four-star prospect has another one to look forward to this upcoming weekend.

"He's going to Texas Tech this weekend. We're just going to see what the campus looks like, just the usual."

The 6-foot-4, 221-pound recruit is holding back on naming any favorites at this point. That's something he would not like to reveal until the process is completely over.

"I think the best thing to say is that he's listening to certain people who are talking to him and he's going to look to see but he's not at any point saying that this is one, two, three, four, five."

The biggest question now for Stewart is whether or not he will take his other two official visits after the trip to Lubbock this weekend. With an official to Alabama tentatively set, James Stewart confirmed that it isn't necessarily a for sure thing.

"He's been talking to several schools and after they get through with this dead period, then he still has to decide where he wants to go."

Stewart's father was not willing to release the remaining schools that are still in the hunt for his son as he expressed that his family trying not to stress about recruiting this week. The final weekend before signing day still seems to be up in the air as well.

"He and I haven't sat down to see what he's going to do the last week for Super Bowl weekend to see if he wants to go somewhere or not. He's had some conversations with a couple of schools but hasn't firmed up anything."

It appears that Stewart could be playing things close to the vest until he's fully investigated all his options and is happy with a final decision. For now, his family will be enjoying this brief respite before things really heat up over the next two weeks.

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