Jatavius Stewart talks recruiting
Cordarelle Patterson and Jatavius Stewart proved a formidable pair of wide receivers in the Blue Dragon offense last season at Hutchinson Community College combining for more than 1,600 yards and 26 touchdowns. While Patterson is moving on to Tennessee, Stewart still has one more season in junior college. With already a dozen offers to his credit, Stewart is well on his way to being held in the same regard as the highly sought-after Patterson.
"My most recent offer came from Mississippi State," said Jatavius Stewart. "I also have offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Houston, and Indiana. So far, I've made only made a couple of unofficial visits to Oklahoma State and Kansas State, but I'm planning on going to Arkansas, Georgia, and Tennessee over the summer."
Stewart, 5-foot-11, 190-pounds played high school football at Rock Hill in South Carolina located in the Charlotte area. Stewart landed in Kansas in 2010 after failing to qualify.
"My first year I had to take a medical redshirt because I broke my arm," explained Stewart. "This year went pretty well. I had more than 1,200 all-purpose yards and was named All-Conference. Our team went 9-3 and played in the Salt City Bowl. In that game I scored twice and had seven catches for 88 yards. I felt like I improved in a lot of areas, but most of all in my route running."
Since the job of full-time student hasn't afforded Stewart much travel time he had a chance to visit Manhattan, Kansas last month to get a sense of what the Wildcats have to offer.
"It went pretty good," Stewart stated. "I liked it a lot. They showed me around and let me know what academic programs they offered. I think I liked the environment the most. The coaches were all nice, and I have some friends who go there.
"When [Kansas State] offered me they told me liked my height and the way I get up in the air for balls. They want me to come in and be a deep threat."
The visit helped Kansas State assert itself as a contender for Stewart, but their biggest fight may come from the SEC, where Stewart has roots.
"I do have some favorites," Stewart said. "Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas State, and Tennessee. Arkansas likes me at cornerback, so they're recruiting me as an athlete.
"I'd love to play somewhere closer to home, but it's more about finding the best situation. I want to play in an offense that likes to throw the ball a lot so I'll have more chances to get it and make things happen. I'd be open though to playing defense if it helps me get on the field faster."
Stewart had 200 rushing yards as a redshirt freshman on 26 carries and two touchdowns, 741 receiving yards on 47 receptions and 11 touchdowns, and had 478 yards on kick and punt returns with one going for a touchdown. Stewart started all 12 games for the Blue Dragons and wears jersey No. 1.
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