Stewart narrows list to four

After a very impressive spring, Arlington (Va.) Yorktown defensive back M.J. Stewart has narrowed his list to four schools.

"I'm down to West Virginia, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and UNC," said M.J. Stewart, who is being recruited by all four schools to play cornerback. "Those are the schools that I feel the most comfortable with and feel are going to help my skills progress to the next level. I would also get a great education, too. "

Right now, all four schools are even according to the 6-foot, 185-pound Stewart.

What does he like about each school?

Virginia Tech: "I like how Coach (Torrian) Gray coaches the DBs," said Stewart. "They're notorious for producing DBs – they're called "DB U" – and they put DBs in the NFL every year. Virginia Tech is also a great school and I just like the feel of the campus."

West Virginia: "I recently visited and it's a great college town and I really like that. Also, I like (defensive backs coach) Coach (Brian) Mitchell. I think he can help me improve my skills and reach the next level."

North Carolina: "They were the first school to really recruit me hard. They're the school that I've visited the most and the school I know the most about. Also, they're in the Triangle Area of North Carolina and they're a lot of job opportunities there. So if football doesn't work out, I'll be able to get a good job."

Michigan State: "I like the defensive coordinator (Pat Narduzzi). He knows what it takes to get to the NFL, and Michigan State has a great defense every year. It's also a big school."

As for the rest of the summer, Stewart said he would like to visit Michigan State. However, he said his main focus is preparing for Nike's "The Opening," which will take place at the end of the month in Oregon.

He has an idea of when he would like to make his college decision.

"I'm going to aim for July," said Stewart. "It's going to come down to which school I think is right for me, kind of like a gut feeling."

Last season, Stewart finished with 1,842 yards rushing, 323 receiving and 32 total touchdowns on offense. Defensively, he had 52 tackles, 10 interceptions (returned one for a touchdown) and returned three punts for scores.

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