I'Shawn Stewart suffered a broken ankle at an Iowa football camp last June. The injury kept the Bolingbrook (Ill.) 2018 cornerback out for the first six games of his sophomore season and slowed his recruitment a bit.
But Stewart's stock came full circle on Monday with the Hawkeyes extending a scholarship offer and Illinois offering just hours later.
"I suffered the injury at Iowa last year, so it kind of blew my mind that they were the first to offer," Stewart said. "Then talking to Lovie (Smith) and (linebackers coach Tim) McGarigle. I talked to them at the camp I was at this past weekend, and they told me they'd keep in touch and they did. They hit me up after practice."
Stewart impressed the Illini coaches at Friday's satellite camp at Gately Stadium on the southside of Chicago.
"My dad is a Bears fans of course, so we took a lot of pictures with Lovie. My mom did," Stewart said. "There were a lot of good athletes there. It felt good to show my talent when I was there."
What's he think of the two Big Ten schools to offer?
"They're really great," Stewart said. "Iowa had a really good season, and Illinois is on the come up, especially with Lovie being there. Plus, they have a commit from my school, Kendall Smith."
Is Smith -- a 2017 receiver/defensive back commit -- recruiting his younger teammate for the Illini?
"Yes," Stewart said. "He's trying to get me to come and saying we need to stay teammates and stuff like that. And their quarterback commit (Cam Thomas), I talk to him. We play 7-on-7 together too."
Stewart's stock continues to rise. He received an offer from Nevada on Wednesday and plans a trip to Arkansas this weekend.
"They said they'll early offer too," Stewart said. "They told me just to come down. So I might just go down there and show my talent, and hopefully they pull out the offer too."