Georgia Athlete Shocked at Army Offer

Benedictine Military Academy has had a longstanding winning football tradition since being established in 1902 in Savannah, Ga. by a group of Benedictine Monks. The schools ranks inside the top 25 all-time in wins in the state of Georgia. Brad Stewart, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete is the latest Cadet standout to amass recruiting attention. He spoke to ArmySports.com on his latest offers.

"It was about a week ago when Coach Mitch Ware called me and offered me on the spot over the phone," Stewart said. "Afterward, I called Coach Monken right away and he told me how excited he was to offer me and that he's really hopes I come. He talked about my versatility, my hands, the way I play, that I don't take plays off and those are things he looks for his players. I'm not sure if the offer was for wide receiver or defensive back, but we talked about their offense so I'm assuming it's at wide receiver.

"I was shocked that he offered me on the spot. It's very exciting to receive any offer, but especially at a prestigious school like West Point. It made me really happy."

The offer was Stewart's third. He also has Marshall and Chattanooga, but says he's seen an increase in mail by bigger schools since the Army offer.

Stewart's numbers as a junior were impressive. He made 30 catches for 698 averaging 23.3 yards-per-catch and also added 11 touchdowns. On the defensive side, he had 32 tackles, two interceptions, and six pass breakups at "strong corner". For his efforts, Stewart was named first team All-Region, first team All-City, and second team All-State at wide receiver.

"I love being both offense and defense even though some people say I'm better at receiver," he said. "I know at some point I'll have to decide on one or the coaches will, but that won't be a factor in my decision. First and foremost, it's about the education. I want to go to a good school academic-wise. I'm also going to look at how the team interacts, how well the coaches treat the players, if the players treat their teammates and coaches with respect, that sort of thing."

Stewart has strong family ties to the SEC. His grandfather, Jim Walsh, Sr., was a running back at Auburn, and his uncle Jim Walsh Jr. played at South Carolina. Stewart is also a baseball prospect in centerfield and is being recruited by UGA and Duke, but is still waiting on his first offer.

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