UNC in Stewart's Top Two

MINT HILL, N.C. --- Isaac Stewart's scholarship offer total hit five when North Carolina offered him recently.

"When I called Coach [Gunter] Brewer, he was like ‘Hi Isaac. We really liked having you here [for practice a couple weeks ago]. We like the way you looked and we liked the way you play,'" Stewart said. "And he was like ‘We're going to offer you.'"

According to Stewart, UNC had planned to offer the 6-foot-1, 229-pound linebacker from Matthews (N.C.) Butler when he visited for the practice. But he and his mother had left before such a conversation could take place.

Stewart's early departure that day also prevented him from having an in-depth conversation with Ron West, UNC's linebackers coach. Thus, he reached out to West a day after receiving the UNC offer.

"He told me that they really want me there and that they only have two spots left," Stewart said. "He said, ‘We really think that you can come in and make an impact.' He definitely made it seem like he wanted me to come and if I would come I'd be a contributor to the team."

Stewart admits that the recent developments with UNC has him considering making a verbal commitment.

"I've thought about it, definitely," Stewart said. "I talked to my family and people at my school. When [Brewer] told me [about the offer], I had a chance to do it over the phone, but it's a major decision. I wanted to wait it out. I'm still pretty much thinking about it."

Besides UNC, Stewart has received offers from Appalachian State, UNC Charlotte, Louisville and NC State.

"Right now, the big three are UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, and Louisville," Stewart said. "Among those three, up there is UNC-Chapel Hill and Louisville. It's really between those two."

In addition to his trip this spring, Stewart visited UNC for the football game against Maryland. He also won a NCHSAA 4AA State Title in Kenan Stadium with his football team last December.

However, Stewart has yet to visit Louisville.

"We are trying to set up a visit to Louisville," Stewart said. "Before I commit anywhere, I want to visit there, because I want to look at all of my options."

Originally, Stewart had planned to wait until later on in the process to make a verbal commitment. But he now says he could be ready to make a decision after taking that trip to Louisville.

UNC pledges Cayson Collins and Robert Dinkins learned of Stewart's UNC offer on Saturday at the Shrine Bowl Combine held at Rocky River High School.

"They have already started [to recruit me]," Stewart said. "They haven't said too much, because I haven't talked to them too much yet."

At the Shrine Bowl Combine, Stewart posted a 4.85-second 20-yard shuttle, 30.6-inch vertical jump, and 14 reps of 185 pounds. He skipped the 40-yard dash with a minor hamstring injury.

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