Chad Simmons

New Orleans star safety Brad Stewart has pushed back his commitment date more than once.

Mississippi State was the first Power Five offer for McDonogh 35 (LA) standout Brad Stewart. Since that time, several college programs have followed the Bulldogs' lead and extended their own scholarships. With his senior season in full swing, Stewart reports that recruiting is sort of on the back burner for now.

"I am pretty much back to square one," Brad Stewart. "I am just taking my time and evaluating all of these schools during the season. I am just trying to get a good idea of what everybody has and seeing how things are going with the season. I am not looking to make a decision right now. I am still thinking about all of the schools that are still recruiting me."

Mississippi State remains in touch with the four star standout, but the field of true contenders for Stewart's signing signature remains pretty crowded.

"There are a lot of schools making me feel like a priority to them," Stewart said. "I want to take my visits, but I don't have anything set up. I have been talking with Virginia Tech about a visit, but I don't have a date yet. I want to take all of my visits and get a chance to see all of the schools that I can.

"I am still hearing from a lot of schools like Auburn, Alabama, Arizona, Virginia Tech, LSU, Florida, Colorado and a few other schools. I am listening to everybody right now and just trying to keep everybody even."

While Stewart has considered making his verbal commitment earlier in the process, he is content to wait things out for sometime as he finds the right fit for himself athletically and academically.

"I am trying to go somewhere that we can win a Natty (National Championship) together," Stewart said. "I want to find a great program where it feels like a family and where I have a great relationship with the players and the coaches. I want to feel at home and I want to find a place where I have the chance to play as a true freshman."

Schools looking to make a move in the race to signing day still have time to plot a course to first place. It appears that the final decision for Stewart is still a few months away.

"I am thinking it's going to be some time close to signing day," Stewart said. "I am not trying to drag it out or anything, but I want to be sure about everything. I want to take my visits and see how things go with everybody during the season. I am just trying to focus on my senior season right now."

The season for Stewart and the rest of the Roneagles is off to a strong start. McDonogh 35 is a state title contender once again. Fans of the program have high hopes after seeing the 2015 season end with a one point loss in the third round of the state playoffs. 

"The season is going good for us right now," Stewart said. "We're 4-0 and playing pretty good. I feel like we have a great team and a chance to win state. Everybody is working hard and we're just trying to get better and better every week."

Stewart denies a leader in his recruitment at this point. The 6-1, 200 pounder projects as a safety on the next level, but has the versatility to play a number of spots depending on team need. 

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