Stewart, Hardy Riding High

It's been one of the bigger weeks in the history of the small Arkansas town of Hardy as it got national publicity via the Discovery Channel mini-series "Clash of the Ozarks" on Tuesday and Highland High School wide receiver Deon Stewart (6-1, 163) was offered by Arkansas on Saturday.

It's been a really big week for the small town of Hardy, Arkansas – population 722.

Via the new Discovery Channel six-part mini-series "Clash of the Ozarks," the nation was introduced Tuesday night to the modern day Hatfield-McCoy rivalry featuring Hardy's Crowbar Russell and Kerry Wayne Evans – whose families have been feuding for over 100 years.

On Saturday, Highland wide receiver Deon Stewart (6-1, 163) became the first modern day high school football player from Hardy to get offered by the Razorbacks.

"This week has just been surreal – all of it," Stewart said. "First the TV show – it's wild to know the nation is looking in on the place you live although I never have actually seen the cameras.

"And then to have my dream come true and get an offer from the Razorbacks," Stewart added. "Like I said, it's just been surreal."

Stewart joined Highland safety Avery Johnson (6-2, 210) as two of the 13 prospects in the 2015 class to come up to Fayetteville for Saturday's Junior Day.

He got the offer from Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema after spending some time in his office on Saturday afternoon.

"He (Bielema) was having individual meetings in his office and he got down talking to (North Little Rock wide receiver) K.J. (Hill) and then brought me in," Stewart said. "All of a sudden he just says I want to offer you a scholarship and I was just speechless.

"He started talking about academics and how he thought I could help the team and it was just a great feeling," Stewart added. "It really was a dream come true."

That being said, Stewart resisted the urge to commit right on the spot.

He also has offers from Ole Miss, Louisville, Southern Miss, Tulsa and Arkansas State.

"I think I am still going to wait a little bit before I actually commit," Stewart said. "But the Razorbacks are definitely my top team."

Stewart, who was born in Newport, had 36 catches for 757 yards and 8 touchdowns and also rushed 27 times for 448 yards and four more scores.

He was amazed at how great the Arkansas facilities are now on campus.

"The facilities were pretty sweet," Stewart said. "I walked into the weight room and I looked to my left and then to my right and somebody told me the whole thing was 120 yards long. It was amazing. I was like 'wow.'

"Then we went down in the locker room and checked out the equipment room and it all was pretty sweet," Stewart added.

With the commitment of Fort Smith defensive lineman Daytrieon Dean (6-3, 260), the Razorbacks' now have six pledges in a 2015 class that was already ranked sixth nationally before his pledge.

Four of those are Arkansas kids in Charleston quarterback Ty Storey (6-3, 222), Junction City defensive end Jamario Bell (6-6, 230), Conway offensive lineman Colton Jackson (6-6, 290) and Dean.

The Razorbacks have also offered Pine Bluff tight end Will Gragg (6-4, 245) and wide receivers Hill (6-1, 180) of and Stewart – all except Bell who were on hand in Fayetteville Saturday. Storey put a picture on his instagram account of the aforementioned six plus another pledge – Lewisville, Texas, Hebron center Zach Rogers (6-3, 300) – with the caption "Class of 2015."

"I gave him (Storey) my number because he could end up being my quarterback in the future and I want to have a good connection with him," Stewart said. "He wants all of us together."

Clash of the Ozarks will return for its second episode on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. with executive producer David George summing up the show this way.

"This isn't just a clash of two families; there is a bigger story in this. We initially wanted to call this series ‘The Last Americans,' because it really is about the battle for America," George told FOX411. "There is one side rooted in traditional ways, and another side wants progress and things to change. It's a never-ending battle, and that's what this is about."

Stewart is just watching along with everybody else.

"I only know the Kerry Wayne guy because when I was a kid we used to go swimming over at his house and swim all the time," Stewart said. "He really is the only person I know on that show. It's crazy...That show is just crazy.

"It's pretty sweet, though," Stewart said. "My area is getting noticed on national TV. It's like everything is just happening at once now."





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