Louisville skyrockets up Stewart's list

Isaac Stewart, a 3-star linebacker from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, participated in Charlie Strong's camp over the weekend. While in town, he also took a tour of the U of L campus and visited with the coaches. Cardinal Authority spoke with the Stewart and has the latest:

University of Louisville head coach Charlie Strong welcomed dozens of high school prospects at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium over weekend to participate in his annual camp.

Among the talented group was Matthews (N.C.) Butler linebacker Isaac Stewart. The Scout.com three-star prospect received an invitation to participate after the Cardinals coaching staff reviewed his highlights.

"It was a real nice visit," Stewart told Cardinal Authority on Sunday evening. "I went up there to participate in their camp. Coach Charlie Strong put me through some drills and worked on my foot work. He had me do some drills that I can actually work on at home, so I really liked that. They were evaluating me and seeing how I moved. They said that they liked my highlight video."

"They said that they really liked the way I look," he continued. "He told me that they would like to throw some more muscle on me, but that like my footwork and form."

As a junior, Stewart finished with 115 tackles and six sacks, helping Butler win its third NCHSAA 4AA title in four years.

Stewart was joined by his family on the trip and took the opportunity to visit the U of L campus and facilities.

"I saw the dorm rooms and those were really nice," he said. "My entire family was with me. I had my mom and dad, my cousin, my little sister and nephew. Everything was really nice."

Kent State, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Mississippi State, North Carolina, NC State and Purdue are among the eleven scholarship offers that Stewart has collected.

With more offers certain to come, Stewart explains that there's no rush when making such an important decision.

"I'm not really going to make a decision until the beginning of my senior season," he said. "After the summer."

Stewart named Louisville and North Carolina as his two favorites in early April and his first trip to the Derby City has strengthened his impression of the Cardinal program.

"Because of this visit, Louisville has certainly skyrocketed," he said. "With Louisville, I really like the relationship between the coaches and the players. In Louisville the whole town is behind them because there's no professional team."

"At this moment, North Carolina is also up there," he continued. "I really liked the campus there. NC State, I went there and they looked really good. I'm working on making plans to make some more visits soon."

Stewart is currently considering camping at Michigan or North Carolina during the coming weeks.

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