"A new coach came in and everything turned around for us," said Stewart. "We finished 8-4. I had a pretty good season. I feel like I got better throughout the year. I played tackle this year, the right side, and I'll probably be playing on the left side next year.
"I think we can be good. We've got some guys coming back, and it looks to me like we can have a good year."
Stewart, who says he now measures in at 6-foot-4 and 266 pounds, believes he is versatile enough to play any position on the offensive line.
"I've heard talks of both positions," he said. "I'm flexible. I think I can play tackle good enough to stay out there, but some people call me short at 6'4. I think I'm flexible to do whatever a team needs."
College coaches have been intrigued by Stewart's play.
"I've been getting a bunch of mail from NC State, East Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee," he said. "I haven't got any offers yet, but I've started sending out my film. Coaches from Maryland and NC State came by recently and got my film and transcripts.
"NC State said they are going to review it and get back with me at their Junior Day later this month. The coach from Maryland said I could come to their Junior Day but he thought it would be better if I came in the spring. I think the both of them could be offering, but we will see."
Stewart and one of his teammates, 2010 quarterback Dylan Thompson, hit the road visited several college campuses. They were also in Raleigh recently for the Wolfpack's Junior Day.
"I liked it up there," he said. "I really like NC State. The basketball atmosphere was nice, but I really like their football atmosphere.
"I went to the games against Miami and Wake Forest, and I like the fanbase and the facilities. They play with a young quarterback, and really looked good. I know coach Horton, the offensive line coach, is a really good coach. I also like my recruiter, coach Bridge."
"Another coach I like is coach McCollum... he's actually good friends with my coach at Boiling Springs," added Stewart. "Coach McCollum spoke at our banquet recently, and I liked the things he was saying. It inspired me. He gets you fired up and I could tell what it would be like playing up at NC State for him and the other coaches."
Next up for Stewart will be a few Junior Days and a couple of camps.
"I'm going to Junior Days at NC State, East Carolina, and South Carolina on February 21st and February 22nd," he stated. "NC State wants me to come up to their camp so I'm going to do that, and my coach told me today that Wake Forest really wants me to camp so I'll camp there too."
Although he maintains that he is wide open, Stewart admits that NC State is near the top of his list.
"In a way I really like State, but I'm very open too," he said. "I want to see what all is out there and what opportunities could be out there for me.
"But, if NC State offered it would be hard to not accept. My mother hasn't been up there yet and I'm sure I would want her to see it. I would want to talk with her and my coach and get their opinions."
"The thing is, I really want to make an impact early wherever I go," Stewart added. "I know they picked up four or five offensive linemen in this last class so I would talk with them about that and their depth charts. I'm not too worried about whether a school recruits me as a guard or tackle, but I'm hoping I can go in and make an impact wherever I go."
Sporting a 4.1 GPA, Stewart expects to have no problems qualifying academically.