UNC Offers Va. Athlete

North Carolina is the latest school to offer Marvin "M.J." Stewart, an athlete from the 2014 class.

"I talked to Coach [Walt] Bell from North Carolina," Stewart said. "He called Coach [Bruce] Hanson last Friday. First, [Bell] told me that they had offered me. And then he said the program is growing and they just need athletes like me."

Bell didn't touch on the position UNC is recruiting Stewart, a 6-foot, 175-pounder, for – but neither has any other school.

"I'm not really sure what position any school is recruiting me for," Stewart said. "I think I'm getting looks for both offense and defense."

For Arlington (Va.) Yorktown, which is undefeated at 8-0, Stewart plays cornerback, safety, wide receiver, and running back, and returns punts. He has already surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the season and intercepted five passes on defense.

"I don't really have a [position] preference," Stewart said. "As long as I get on the field – that's the biggest thing to me."

The UNC offer gives Stewart four total Division I-A offers. Maryland, Virginia, and Wake Forest have also offered, while he is receiving interest from Cincinnati, Duke, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Pittsburgh.

"I'm just keeping my options open and seeing what's best for me and my family," Stewart said.

Stewart hasn't taken any recruiting trips this football season, but did attend several camps over the summer. His camp schedule included two stops in the Tar Heel State (NC State and Wake Forest) but not UNC.

"I've been interested in them, because it's a good school and a good football program," Stewart said. "But I didn't really know that they were interested in me until my coach told me that he had been talking to the [UNC] coach."

Stewart, who also camped at Maryland and Virginia, plans to visit UNC as soon as possible – perhaps before the end of the football season.

"My dad and I are playing it by ear right now," Stewart said.

This fall, Stewart's No. 1 focus is his high school football team and its pursuit of a state title. Last season, Yorktown went 12-1 with its lone loss coming in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

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