Cincy Adds to Recruiting Class

The University of Cincinnati added to its ever growing football recruiting class Monday morning when the Bearcats picked up their twentieth verbal commitment. Bearcat Insider has the details.

It didn't take long for Walter Stewart from Teays Valley High School to make the decision to become a Bearcat. The 6' 5"/198 pound linebacker had been interested in becoming a Bearcat since attending a camp last summer. On Monday evening, he explained how the Cincinnati offer came about. "The offer came just today (Monday). My coach called me last night and said UC was going to offer me at school the next day. Today I talked to Coach Hinton, and he offered me on the phone."

Walter jumped at the opportunity. "That's what I've been waiting for all along." Stewart also explained why he wanted to become a Bearcat. "Coach Hinton had seen my highlight film from the year before when I played safety. He found out about me moving down and playing linebacker and told me I needed to dominate the league if I wanted to become a Bearcat. From that point on I really respected him, and it made me want to play even harder this year." Walt was named to Ohio's Division II all-state second team as a defensive lineman.

Walter said he let the Bearcat coaching staff know about his intense interest in becoming a Bearcat throughout the season by unofficially visiting Nippert Stadium for both the Louisville and West Virginia football games. He hopes to take his official visit in January. "We were talking about Januray 11, but we might have to have it sometime during the week because I have basketball on the weekend." Stewart is the starting center for Teays Valley.

Stewart sounds as if he did some of everything for Teays Valley where he played a DE/OLB in their 3-4 defense. He also was their featured back in the option offense with his 4.65 forty speed. "I never came off the field. I ran the football from the I formation and was also a kick returner. I'm pretty elusive." Walter said UC was recruiting him to play linebacker.

Grades seem to be in order for the newest Bearcat. "I've got a 3.1 right now, and I'm trying to get it up as high as I can."

Until Monday, Stewart's offer list included Youngstown State and Akron.

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