Terps Land Stewart

The Maryland Terrapins recently picked up a commitment from Jimmy Stewart and he checks in with TSR.

For Jimmy Stewart, it has always been pretty clear that he would be a Terp when it was time to make his decision, “Since the moment I received an offer from the Maryland coaches, they were on the top of my list,” said Stewart. Receiving offers from Colorado State, Utah State, and University of Maryland, the Stewart appreciated having a number of options. However, Stewart explained that, “Maryland is just on a higher level then the other programs which delivered me offers.”

Over the course of his recruitment, Stewart and Terps coaches developed a “friendship-like” relationship. Frequently speaking to defensive coordinator Don Brown, the recruit spoke emphatically on Coach Brown’s treatment of him throughout the recruitment process, “They treated me like family,” Stewart continued, “We did not only speak about football, but about my life and how I was doing as well.”

Maryland displayed a strong, multi-angle pitch towards Island Coast High School’s star defensive end; beginning with playing opportunity. Despite playing defensive end in high school, Terp coaches recruited Stewart at outside linebacker, a position in which they feel he can excel at, “I didn’t think I was going to get the chance to play early; but they have two injured linebackers, and two graduating seniors, so I should get an early opportunity to get some real playing time,” explained Stewart. The soon-to-be outside linebacker isn’t concerned about changing positions at such a late point in his football career, “I’m a speed rusher. Maryland likes to rush the quarterback a lot and blitz, so the transition should be smooth for me,” said Stewart.

Coach Brown also reassured the recruit that he would fit in well with the Terps defense, “They told me that I would be used as a hybrid player,” Stewart commented. “Because I am so quick off the ball, they can really put me anywhere on the outside, and I am going to fit into the defensive scheme.”

Also very important to Stewart decision was the school’s academics, “I may be going to school to play football, but I am a student first. I’ve been blessed with this opportunity. I get to play at a school with great football, and gain a degree from a top-notch university,” said Stewart. In addition to these many factors, the recruit fell in love with the college park campus as well, “I love the school. I really like how everything is together, close, and clean. It’s truly an unbelievable place,” Stewart explained.

When asked what made Stewart stand out to the Maryland coaches, he quickly cited his speed and hands as his best assets, “The coaches love the way I get off of blocks and get to the quarterback,” Stewart added. “They also loved my speed; not only in pass rush, but in coverage as well.” The recruit boasts impressive numbers, including his rare 4.6-second 40-yard dash linebacker speed. Listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Stewart plans on using his uncommon size-speed combination to his advantage at Maryland.

Many coaches and recruiters have compared the recruit’s talents to that of former Maryland, now San Diego Charger pro-bowler, Shawn Merriman, “He is definitely someone I want to play like,” said Stewart. “I want to make a big impact just like he did.”

Stewart plans to catch the Maryland versus Florida State football game on November 30th with his mother. As for next year, Stewart couldn’t be more excited, “I can’t wait to step out onto that field and show how proud I am to be wearing the Terps uniform.”

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