If you’re on the Michigan State campus this weekend, you might bump into a 5’11.5”, 150-pound high school junior from Bolingbrook, IL making his first trip to East Lansing. His name is I’shawn Stewart and he’s a 3-star cornerback recruit who’s already weighing offers from seven different schools.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” Stewart told Spartan Nation of his trip to MSU this weekend for Junior Day. “Seems like there’s going to be a good day going down with my coach.”
I’shawn said he began following the Spartans when Enoch Smith Jr., a 2014 recruit, joined the program out of Mount Carmel High School in Illinois. Smith Jr. transferred prior to the start of the 2016 season, but Stewart says he continued to follow the football team.
In the recruiting process, Stewart says he’s primarily heard from Defensive Line Coach, Ron Burton, and Wide Receivers Coach, Terrence Samuel.
“They’re really interested in me and getting me down to see how I like the campus,” Stewart said of what has impressed him most when talking to the Spartans coaches.
But, why is he being looked at by coaches on both sides of the ball?
“They like my speed, the way I accelerate off the ball. Mostly they’re looking at me as a receiver, so basically my speed, the way I cut, everything like that,” I’shawn explained.
“Receiver comes easier to me, but I can play either side of the ball,” he admitted. “It really doesn’t matter to me as long as I’m on the field.”
As of right now, there are seven schools that would like to see him on their field one day. Two other Big Ten schools have already made him an offer, Illinois and Iowa, along with Miami (OH), Nevada, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Toledo. Michigan State and Minnesota are interested, but have not made a formal offer yet.
As for what he’s looking for on his visits, including the one at Michigan State this weekend, he explained, “The academics and how I fit into the offense or defense and what scheme I’ll be included in – how they’ll fit my personnel into their football team.”
Academics are an important key in his interest in schools, as he says he’s already thinking about majoring in kinesiology.
In regards to the Spartans, I’shawn claims he’s not totally sure yet whether or not he’ll camp at MSU this summer. “It depends on what happens at the Junior Day – if they offer or not – so I’ll probably be back down.”
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So his visit to East Lansing this weekend could play a big role in determining whether or not I’shawn Stewart can see himself in green and white in 2018.