Cardinals among trio leading for Darian Stewart

Lee (AL) High School athlete Darian Stewart, a 4-star safety prospect, had hoped to make the trip to Louisville on Thursday to spend time visiting with the Cardinal coaches and tour the campus and facilities. However, something came up at the last minute, forcing the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Stewart to reschedule the unofficial visit.

"We couldn't go up there yesterday because my coach had some business that just came up and he had to do it," Stewart said on Friday. "We're going to try to come the Friday (August 5th) before school starts."

While he has no other unofficial visits currently planned, Stewart said that he wants to see if what he has heard about Louisville is true.

"They've offered me so I wanted to go see what it's like up there," Stewart, who is a product of the same high school as current Cardinal Amobi Okoye, explained. "I've heard it's great. I want to see how clean the campus is and how friendly everybody is there."

In addition to the scholarship offer extended by Bobby Petrino's staff, Stewart has also collected offers from Alabama, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Marshall. However, Louisville is the only program that has offered and is among the safety/receiver prospect's short list of favorites.

"Auburn, Tennessee and Louisville are my top three right now," he said. "I'm thinking about Marshall a little too."

While Stewart told's Scott Kennedy on Wednesday that he grew up a fan of the Volunteer's, he added on Friday that he would remain open should an offer from Knoxville arrive.

"I'd still be pretty much open," he said.

As a junior, Stewart displayed his abilities to play on either side of the ball on the college level by posting 800 yards and 13 touchdowns as a receiver, while also adding five interceptions and 73 tackles from his safety spot.

"I think I'm a better receiver. I'm looking to play receiver, but I wouldn't mind playing safety."

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