"Once I committed to UW, I stopped talking and looking at all schools," Stewart said. "So really I've just been checking them out the past few weeks."
And the first school Stewart checked in at this past weekend was Illinois. The timing worked out well for him.
"Illinois was having a junior day, so I figured that would be a good start," he said.
Part of the appeal Illinois has to Stewart is the offensive system that is being installed.
"I wouldn't say it's a complete spread. When I watched practice, they ran numerous sets, sometimes even 2 tight ends," he said. "But I think that system would fit me."
Not only was the offense somewhat familiar, but Stewart's relationship with new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit also goes back a couple of years.
"I actually followed Western Michigan a lot my freshman year. Coach Cubit was the person who gave me my first offer," Stewart said. "We pretty much picked up where we left off. It was a great time."
Stewart got to experience what it would be like to be an Illinois quarterback during his visit.
"It was very cool," he said. "I got to sit in on the QB meetings and it's always interesting to see how college practices are run."
With an Illinois visit now under his belt, Stewart moves on to see a few of the other schools on his list.
"I'll be going to practices at Bowling Green, Toledo, and Western Michigan sometime soon," he said.
Stewart passed for 1300 yards en route to 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Sturgis High School runs a very balanced offense that is nearly 50/50 between running and passing, but regardless of running or passing, Stewart has emerged as a leader for his high school team.
"I'd say I'm a pro-style QB, but I"m still mobile," he said. "I move well in the pocket. I'd say my greatest attribute to the team is leadership."
As for whether Wisconsin will still remain in the picture, Steward said "If they recruit me still, I'm going to listen. I'm keeping all my options open right now."