About Face Leads To New Commitment

Late Sunday night, the merry-go-round finally stopped. After announcing to the Seattle Times paper the day before that they had committed to Washington, the Stewart twins ended their circus with a Sunday evening about face decision to attend Southern Cal.

Different Stories Surround Situation

Maybe one day we'll know the real story behind the sudden about face Lodrick and Rodrick Stewart pulled over the weekend. On Saturday night, they told The Seattle Times that Washington was their choice.

On Sunday, on Fox Sports Northwest, they committed to Southern Cal. What? Confusing would be one of the first words to describe the situation. The Seattle Times was obviously duped by the Stewarts through no fault of their own. Saturday's apparently heartfelt comments about their relationship with Washington coach Lorenzo Romar sounded genuine. They went on the record with serious quotes about their commitment. But, there's more than meets the eye here.

Over the weekend, former Garfield standout Tre Simmons, now at Odessa JC, committed to the Huskies. The Seattle Post Intelligencer said that the twins' father was told on Friday night that Simmons committed and the Huskies would no longer tender offers to his sons.

OK, so if there were no offers on the table why the public commitment to Washington?

The first Seattle Times article smelled fishy. In it, the twins said Saturday night they committed to USC but were trying to throw the fans off after being peppered with questions. That same evening, they told the Times that Washington was the choice. "This is real," Rodrick said of the Washington selection.

The following night after committing on TV to USC, Rodrick was quoted in the Times saying, "This is a done deal."

This isn't the first or second time misinformation has surrounded the recruitment of the twins. Last year, it was reported that the twins had committed to North Carolina. One problem: at the time North Carolina hadn't offered scholarships. In fact, UNC never seriously pursued the Stewarts after June 2001.

Further clouding the current situation are allegations against the Washington program for recruiting violations in the area. This recent news came out in Monday's Seattle papers.


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