Ardarius Stewart talks Alabama

Ardarius Stewart, athlete from Birmingham-Fultondale, Ala., is one of the top athletes in the state for 2013. Stewart committed to the University of Alabama at Junior Day. The Tide is already off to a strong start for next year's class.

"I believe they had a real good class," Ardarius Stewart said of the 2012 signees. "I believe with the class they signed this year, and the class we will have next year, we are going to be able to accomplish a lot. I think we can be something special."

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete accounted for more than 50 touchdowns during his junior season. Alabama offered a scholarship this past weekend, and he jumped on the opportunity.

"Alabama is a great school," Stewart said. "It's close to home. My family will be able to come see me play. Alabama has a great program. I really like the coaches. I believe they can help me reach my goals. I like the campus a lot. It's very nice. I just liked everything about it.

"Junior Day was pretty good. I really like the campus. I believe I will get a lot of help with my academics. My parents loved it down there. They are glad I am going to play close to home."

Stewart plays on both sides of the ball as a quarterback, running back and defensive back.

"Coach Saban didn't say where they want me to play," Stewart said. "He said they would give me the best chance to do well. I would prefer to play on offense though. I like having the ball in my hands."

It's early in the recruiting cycle for the class of 2013, but Stewart has evidently found his future home with the 2011 BCS National Champions.

"I don't plan on visiting any other schools," he said. "Clemson, Tennessee and Utah also offered me. Auburn and Mississippi State were close to offering me before I committed. I am pretty set on my decision."

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