Prolific Prospect Talks About AU Junior Day

Fultondale quarterback/athlete Ardarius Stewart visited Auburn over the weekend to meet with coaches and tour the campus.

Fultondale, Ala.--Fultondale High School quarterback Ardarius Stewart, a gifted athlete for the class of 2013, was on hand Saturday for Auburn's junior day.

At quarterback for Fultondale as a junior last season he accounted for 50 touchdowns--30 rushing and 20 passing--and is being recruiting to Auburn by Tommy Thigpen.

"It was pretty good," Stewart said of the visit. "I like the facilities a lot. I got to talk to talk to some of the coaches. It was pretty good, pretty nice.

"I went to the basketball game for a half, went to weight room and talked to the weight lifting coach. He talked to us on our tour. I ate with the coaches and that's about it."

Stewart, who was the Class 2A Back of the Year after compiling more than 2,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing as the Wildcats reached the third round of the playoffs, said the best part of the trip was going onto the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"I went to the 50-yard line, stood there for a little while, looked around and liked it," he said.

Stewart had been to Auburn one time previously in 2010. "I came for a game my sophomore year against Chattanooga," he noted.

Checking in at 6-1, 190 and a saying that he has a best time of 4.4 40-yard dash, Stewart said he isn't sure where he would figure into a college system. He also plays free safety at Fultondale.

"I really don't know because I'm versatile and I could play anything," he explained. "On offense I just want the ball in my hands. Maybe a kick returner. I want the ball in my hands because I believe I can help the team running or passing."

Stewart's first offer in the process is from Utah, and he is hearing from several other schools. "Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida State, Clemson, places like that."

Growing up just north of Birmingham and an hour from Tuscaloosa, Stewart has always been a fan of the Crimson Tide and has always taken notice of the nice suits the players wear getting off the team bus on game days.

"I was an Alabama fan," he explained. "I liked how they got off the bus not in their sweat suits or anything. They got off classy."

However, he said growing up a fan of a school won't change how his recruiting transpires.

"I'm just looking at it in an open mind," Stewart said. "Like I said, I'm looking for family--things I can count on, things I can depend on. Say I get hurt--Lord willing I won't--they won't give up on me they'll keep me in school and let me get a degree."

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