2015 CB Jihree Stewart praises 'Cats approach

The Concord (Calif.) Centennial HS prospect speaks about a recent in-home visit from Jerry Brown.

Jihree Stewart currently holds nine offers from programs ranging from Oregon to Wisconsin. Northwestern, however, already has a leg up.

"So far, Northwestern is the only school to really check out everything," Stewart told PurpleWildcats.com Sunday. "They do their homework. They talked to me, they talked to my parents, and they talked to administrators at my school to see what kind of person I am.

"I know that they're looking for a certain type of character, and the fact that they find that character in me is really honorable."

Stewart, a three-star cornerback from Corona, Calif., has been building a relationship with Wildcats defensive backs coach Jerry Brown for several months. That relationship led to an in-home visit last month, and as Stewart prepares a short list of schools to visit this spring, Northwestern's approach helps it make the cut.

NU's already inked nine commitments for the class of 2015, seven of who will start on defense. But only one, four-star athlete David Dowell, is slated to play cornerback, and a secondary loaded with depth would become even stronger with Stewart.

That decision is a long way away, however. Stewart doesn't plan to cut his burgeoning list of offers until the beginning of his senior season at Centennial, and won't make a final decision until roughly October.

"My family and I are going to go through each and every school to find the positives and the negatives," he said. "Northwestern is definitely one of the places we're going to go over. I'm going to try to make a decision by midseason. It could be faster, but that's the plan at least."

Like Cameron Green, Markus Bailey and many of NU's other remaining recruits, Stewart will likely wait until fall before making a decision. He's still a name to watch as the Wildcats look to build on their frenzied May.

"I would definitely impact the team's defense," he promised. "No matter where I'm at, I'll bring the energy. That's what I do most with my game."

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