Highland Duo Draws Offers

The Highland Rebels standout duo of Avery Johnson and Deon Stewart got some good news from the Arkansas State Red Wolves coaching staff. Both placed calls to A-State tight end coach and recruiting coordinator Keith Heckendorf and liked what they heard.

"They are not allowed to call us so we called them and coach Heck said he has a scholarship for me," said Johnson, who is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound do everything for the Rebels.

it was similar for Stewart, a 6-1, 160-pounder, who like Johnson plays several positions.

"I am just honored and thrill to receive and offer," he said. "It has always been my dream to play Division I football."

Also a basketball player, Johnson lined up as quarterback, running back, wide receiver, safety, outside linebacker, kickoff returns and place kicker.

In basketball it is about the the same "I play post but sometimes I handle the ball too," he said.

Johnson also won the high jump at the Class 4A meet, clearing 6-foot-3. He also runs on the relays and reports a 4.54 40 times.

He started playing football at Highland as a freshman, moving there because it has a football program.

To be honest I was a little surprised," he said, despite receiving attention from several Southeastern Conference schools.

Stewart plays a lot of positions for the Rebels, who have become one of the top 4A programs in the state.

"I like playing receiver the most,'' he said. "I have played some receiver, running back, safety, corner back and kicker. Johnson does not play basketball, but he does run track and stays busy. "I run the 100, 200, 4x100 relay, long jump and triple jump," said Stewart. "And I am thinking about trying the 4x4 relay and hurdles this year."

Both athletes earned All-Conference and All-State honors this past season.

They were high school teammates of redshirt freshmen quarterback Sterling Stowers.