Stewart Trying to Schedule Visits

The Irish recently landed their first offensive line commitment when Arkansas standout Bartley Webb notified the Irish staff that he would be attending Notre Dame. Their work isn't done as the Irish are looking to add several more offensive linemen to the 2006 recruiting class. Klein high school (Klein, Texas) offensive lineman Chris Stewart would be a great name to add, and the Irish are among his four favorites.

Notre Dame fans were delighted when Webb pick Notre Dame during the first week of August, but that certainly only whets the appetite of Irish fans eager to see the future Notre Dame offensive line take shape. If they want Chris Stewart to be one of those guys, they're going to have to wait a little longer as recruiting has taken a backseat as of late.

"I haven't paid as much attention to it (recruiting) as of late because we're starting to head into our season," Stewart said. "We have a scrimmage against Westfield on Thursday, and then we come back the next Thursday with our first real game against Aldine Nimitz."

Making an official visit during the season is difficult because there is generally a conflict with either a prospect's game or practice, but Chris is attempting to make it to South Bend in the near future.

"I haven't cemented a date to go to Notre Dame or anything," Stewart said. "I'm in the process of figuring out a date that won't conflict with my season, but if I have a chance I'd love to make up there September 17th for the Michigan State game.

'It's going to be the first home game so it's going to be a big one. I'm going to try to make it to that game. I just have to finalize it with my coach and coach Weis. The problem I might run into is that we normally have practice the day after the game."

One of the top recruits on Notre Dame's board coming in for Charlie Weis' first home game – could Irish fans ask for more? I'm certain they'd like a commitment from Stewart, but that won't likely happen as he's still considering three other schools, and he is also starting to schedule visits to the their campuses as well.

On Stewart's final list along with the Irish are Ole Miss, LSU and Texas A&M. Outside of academics, each of these schools offers Stewart one thing that he is searching for in a school.

"All four schools that I narrowed it down to, my main focus was, where can I go and compete," Stewart said. "I may not go in there and start, but at least I can get in there on a level playing field and maybe get some time as a freshman. If not, I still have three or four more years to play.

"I'm looking at Ole Miss. They're not very deep and they won't be as strong as they have been in the past on the offensive line because they're graduating players. The same thing with LSU, and the same thing a little bit with A&M and especially with Notre Dame. So three out of four schools that I'm seriously considering, there will be a little bit of a void."

Comment: Stewart appears to have everything well planned. He has his head on straight and he'll be making an informed decision. He's actually been to all the schools he is considering except Notre Dame. He wanted to come for the USC game but that didn't work out. The Michigan State game should be a good substitute. That will be a big weekend made even bigger with an appearance by Chris Stewart.


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