2014 Intro: Isaac Stewart

Just weeks ago, Matthews (N.C.) Butler won their third state football championship in the past four years. Junior linebacker Isaac Stewart had a breakout season for the Bulldogs and his play did not go unnoticed.

The 2012 Butler football team was one of the best in recent memory in North Carolina.

Junior linebacker Isaac Stewart enjoyed the season and felt good about the way he played.

"Going undefeated was a privilege and I enjoyed it," said Stewart.

"I feel like I did well, it was my first time playing linebacker. I had to learn some new stuff on the fly. But all in all, I felt like I did a good job."

Although Stewart is still waiting on his first scholarship offer, several schools are showing interest in the junior linebacker.

"I'm getting a bunch of letters from different schools – Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Louisville, Penn State, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Nebraska," he said.

"The school that has sent me the most mail is Missouri. They send loads of mail."

Which school could be the first to offer?

"If I had to guess, I would say Clemson or UNC would be the first school to offer," he said.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker has visited two schools.

"I've been to games at UNC and Clemson," he said.

"The visit to Clemson was nice. "They showed us around and talked a little bit about the history. I got to see a lot of the facilities and the game."

"The coaches told me they were happy I came to visit and that they wanted me to come to their junior day and camp."

"My trip to North Carolina was nice, too. It was pretty much the same thing as Clemson. When I got there, I met up with the coaches and then I got a tour of the facilities."

"After that, I went in the Coach (Larry) Fedora's office and we spoke for a little bit. He seemed like a very cool guy."

Stewart will be busy this summer.

"This summer, I'm going to several camps," he said. "I'm definitely going to camps at Michigan, UNC, Clemson, South Carolina, and Georgia."

While he did not grow up a fan of a particular school, he did like a specific conference.

"Honestly, I've just always wanted to play in the SEC," Stewart said. "It's real defensive-oriented and I like that."

Going forward, Stewart is already focusing on next season.

"I just want to get better – improve my speed and strength," he said. "And I want to win another state championship."

Stewart finished the season with 110 tackles and five sacks.

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