Midland Christian (Texas) was able to contain Arkansas commit Deon Stewart for most of the game, but the three-star wide receiver did have a few flashes in Highland’s 56-7 loss to the Mustangs.
After catching five passes for only 33 yards in the first half, Steward caught a 71-yard touchdown to give the Rebels their only touchdown of the game.
“It was just seams down the field and I got past the corners, so I was looking early and he got me the ball,” Stewart said. “I saw the safety coming up and I made a move and did what I needed to score.”
Stewart finished with six receptions for 104 yards and one touchdown. He had seven carries for 18 yards and six tackles (four solo), as well.
Near the end of the game, he had to be helped off the field with cramps in the back of his calves, but he came back in the game and was able to field a punt, which he returned 20 yards, weaving through several defenders.
“Deon was able to get free a few times and show what he can do,” Highland head coach Spencer Hill said. “(Midland Christian) has six guys on the backside of their defense that all can run and they played pretty well.”
The game was the nightcap of the Hooten’s Kickoff Classic Monday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
“It was great to get out here and play in my future home and get a feel of how it is,” Stewart said.
Two days before the game, Stewart watched Arkansas open its season on the road at No. 6 Auburn.
While the Razorbacks lost to the Tigers 45-21, they were tied 21-21 at the half and Stewart was encouraged by what he saw.
“I think we’re looking a lot better that we did last year,” Stewart said. “We’ve come a long ways since the offseason and I think we’re going to have a good year.”
Although the Arkansas coaches have been busy preparing for games, Stewart said he has been in close contact with tight ends coach Barry Lunney, Jr., defensive coordinator Robb Smith and defensive backs coach Clay Jennings via Twitter’s direct messaging feature.
The future of the program also seems to be moving in the right direction, as four-star wide receiver K.J. Hill became Arkansas’ 12th commitment for the class of 2015 when he announced his decision Friday.
“I was at school and the moment the bell rang I ran out and checked my phone and I saw he committed to Arkansas,” Stewart said. “It just made my day. Hopefully we can get (Dumas four-star tight end) Will Gragg to commit next.”
Gragg has been on the Razorbacks’ radar for a while, but Nashville (Ark.) three-star wide receiver LaMichael Pettway recently reemerged on it, as he de-committed from Ole Miss Monday.
“I actually messaged him on Twitter the other day and we were just talking about Arkansas and he said Arkansas was his No. 2 choice,” Stewart said. “Ole Miss was (No. 1), but someone told me he de-committed, so hopefully Arkansas will be his next pick.”
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