Chris Stewart (6-5, 360 pounds) has been at the top of most Irish fans wish list since his name popped up on Irish Eyes back in February. He's from a state where Notre Dame has had recruiting success in the past, and more importantly Chris grew up rooting for the Fighting Irish. Sounds good so far, but Stewart recently finished researching all the potential college destinations and came up with a solid six that he plans on focusing on the remainder of his recruitment.
"I've narrowed my schools down to about six right now," the Texan explained. "I got the information that I wanted to get about the schools. I have about 15 to 20 offers right now and I just wanted to evaluate them and I've gotten it down to six now. Notre Dame is up there, LSU, (Texas) A&M, Ole Miss, Nebraska and Arkansas."
Going into the evaluation process, Stewart knew a little about Notre Dame, but needed to become more comfortable with what the school offered in terms of football and in academics.
"I already knew stuff about Notre Dame, but I went into more depth about each of those things," Stewart explained. "Academics are a priority for me, and they are really deep into academics. I want to set goals in school just like in sports. I'm taking summer school now to get some college credits, so I can take some credits in with me to school – that was really important to me.
"I had a chance to talk to coach Weis and some of the other coaches. They really seem like down to earth people. They don't seem like the type of people to beat around the bush or anything. That's been really interesting.
"I really want to get out and visit the school (Notre Dame). But my whole plan was thrown awry with my lower back strain I suffered in the spring, so I'm taking it slowly. I'm just getting back into running and working out twice a day.
"I haven't decided if I'm going to take any unofficial visits this summer, because of my back injury. I want to just concentrate on getting ready for next season.
Comments: Fairly simple: Stewart is a must get for Notre Dame -- period. Not for the 2005 season, or 2006, but the years that follow where Notre Dame will be precariously thin on the line. Notre Dame needs offensive line prospects that can play almost immediately. Stewart is likely one of those guys.