Stuart Ready for Chapel Hill

While Sugar Land (Texas) Austin defied experts finishing the 2005 season with a 6-4 record, the Bulldogs still fell just short of a berth in the 5A State Playoffs. Perhaps a fully healthy Trevor Stuart would have catapulted Austin not only into the playoffs, but deep into the postseason.

"Trevor played very well early and then had a little hamstring problem," said head football coach and Trevor's father Tom Stuart. "As a father and as a coach, I probably pushed him too fast to get back in and that prolonged him coming back until the very end of the season. There's about three weeks there where he'd play a series and exaggerate a hamstring. The smartest thing I ever did was finally wake up and sit him out."

Stuart, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end and deep snapper, suited up for every game but one, didn't play at all in two games he suited up for, and a couple games played only a few series.

Despite his limited play and role predominately as a blocker in a run oriented offense, Stuart still caught about ten passes for 200 yards. As both a sophomore and junior, Stuart flourished as a receiver in a more pass oriented offense. Coach Stuart classifies his son and star player as a complete tight end able to do what's needed as a receiver and blocker.

"He's very balanced – I think that's why [college] coaches liked him," said Stuart. "He's big enough and has the frame to be an outstanding zone type blocker. He has great feet as far as his quickness – he's our quickest kid in our pro shuttle. He's got terrific hands and where he got that I don't know – it wasn't from me. I guess one of his strongest points is he's got a great football sense and knowledge. I don't know if that's from being a coach's son and being around it all of his life."

For North Carolina, whom he committed to in July, Stuart figures to fill in as blocker and receiver

"All indications on our official visit and still up until last week talking to Coach [Hal] Hunter, he's going to be an H-back/tight end," said Stuart. "The kind that can move off the line of scrimmage in the backfield and then block on an iso or power, and still be involved in the play action type pass."

The Stuart family took their official visit to Chapel Hill the first weekend of December. Stuart hasn't and won't take official visits to any other school despite the consistent attention from the likes of TCU and Colorado.

"He's never wavered a bit," said Stuart. "In fact he turned down other visits to visit other schools. He fell in love with Chapel Hill. We paid our way in July, he fell in love with it, and we came home the next day and he committed."

While not a rarity, it's surprising to see the Tar Heels land a verbal commitment from a kid out of Texas. Even more surprising is, despite the distance, the fact that Stuart grew up a fan of UNC.

"This is very ironic, when Trevor was 5 or 6 years old he wore nothing but Carolina Blue stuff," said Stuart. "He played basketball, too, but he loved the football team. We had a football jersey made with his name on the back of it. He's just always liked the school."

Stuart, who is also a great student, figures to easily qualify and enroll at North Carolina in time for the second summer session.

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