A big reason for Stewart's coziness with the Hawkeyes centers around the opinion of Terrence Harris, a freshman at Iowa. The two are former teammates at Paramus Catholic.
"I'm good friends with him," Stewart said of Harris. "He speaks very highly of the academics and the athletics at Iowa. He had nothing but positive things to say about his school."
"(The Iowa offer) surprised me a little because I didn't seeing it coming at all," the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Stewart said.
As a junior, Stewart caught 34 passes for 662 yards and eight touchdowns on a loaded Paramus Catholic roster. It included 2015 Iowa wide receiver offeree, Najee Clayton, who signed with Rutgers as a safety.
Assistant Chris White recruits New Jersey for the Hawkeyes.
"I talked to him over the phone several times," Stewart said. "Coach White and I have a great relationship. We talk daily and have been getting to know each other really well over the past two weeks. He's a very enthusiastic coach and I like it a lot."
Stewart said he'd like to visit Iowa in July with his father. The distance from his home isn't a concern.
"Location is not a factor in my decision," he said.
Stewart, who is leaning towards studying sports medicine in college, does not favor any schools at this time.
"I am still open to everything. Hopefully, I can make my decision in the summer," he said.