Ill. DT on Camping Tour

Mickey Stewart is spending his summer camping at various colleges to prove he belongs in college football. One of his stops is in Iowa City to show his game off to the Hawkeye coaches.

Mickey Stewart is touring college campuses. His audiences want to see more.

"I know I can play college football and I intend to show coaches at these camps that I can," the 2012 defensive lineman said.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Stewart feels like he's flown under the radar at Oswego (Ill.) High. Programs are talking with him, but no one has stepped up with a scholarship offer.

"My name just hasn't been out there," he said. "I got invited to some junior days and then some of these camps. I need to get out to get some exposure."

After a one-day camp at Northern Illinois this week, Stewart plans on attending similar events at Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Purdue and Iowa.

"The Hawkeyes invited me out to camp," Stewart said. "I haven't had a lot of contact with them. They want to see me in person at a camp."

While he's played end in certain schemes, schools view Stewart as a defensive tackle.

"I feel like I offer good size and I move well and am agile at that size," he said. "I offer a good motor, going at least 100 percent on every play. I do a good job of getting off of blocks and I'm a pretty good tackler."

Stewart said he needs work on his pass rush.

"I just need to do a better job with hand placement and getting up the field," he said. "I noticed I have the tendency to go side to side. I feel like I'm improving this offseason, but I've got to get better."

Iowa also is recruiting Oswego QB Ryan West. He is awaiting a Hawkeye offer, too.

"We're good friends and he's a good teammate," Stewart said of West. "We're going on a couple of trips together this summer."

Stewart isn't sure how close Iowa is to offering him a scholarship if he camps at the school. He feels like Indiana, Toledo and Illinois could be calling him with an offer soon.

"It is hard to say, though," he said. "You just try to stay patient and listen. I just need to keep working hard and showing them what I can do at these camps."

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