Stewart Finds A Pleasant Surprise At Practice

Getting ready for spring practice last week, Jonathan Stewart noticed a business card near his helmet in the upper portion of his locker.

The card read Mike Haywood, Notre Dame offensive coordinator.

"It was surprising to me," Jonathan Stewart said.

Until he got out to the practice fields, the 6-foot-3 ½, 225-pound linebacker from C.E. Byrd High in Shreveport, La., thought the card was mailed to him.

"One of the freshman football players at the school, he told me that he saw a guy with Notre Dame stuff on at school," Stewart explained.

Notre Dame isn't the only program that has recently sent a representative by to see Stewart. He currently has 10 scholarship offers from the likes of Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Arizona, Georgia Tech, SMU and Mississippi State. Every school that has offered has been by. Stewart said he is also hearing regularly from Alabama, Arkansas and LSU.

"Not at this moment, I don't have any favorites right now," Stewart said, also adding he has no timetable on when he is going to make a college commitment.

Stewart is certainly intrigued by Haywood's visit and Notre Dame's interest. He has tried to call Haywood three times since receiving the number, but hasn't had any luck yet. During this current evaluation period, college coaches are only allowed to call a recruit one time, so Stewart said he will keep on trying to reach Haywood.

"Oh yes sir, yes sir," Stewart answered when asked if he is interested in Notre Dame. "The history and prestige and head coach.

"I don't know too much. I know back in the 80s and 90s, they were a top program and they've been on a slump the past couple years."

Stewart also knows that Arnaz Battle, a C.E. Byrd High alum himself, also attended Notre Dame, but he has never personally met the NFL receiver.

Stewart heads into spring ball coming off an amazing junior season. In helping the Yellow Jackets to a 9-3 record last fall, he recorded 109 tackles, three sacks and one interception. The inside linebacker with 4.64 speed in the 40-yard dash (Nike Combine), earned All-District and All-City honors.

"I like to say I play aggressive and just fearless," Stewart stated.

"Size, speed and ability to make plays sideline-to-sideline," he added about what he hears from college recruiters.

Stewart visited LSU, Mississippi State and Texas A&M for their spring games. Other than those three campuses, he has yet to see any other places, and right now has nothing planned for the summer.

"I'm thinking I'm going to go on all five officials probably, I just haven't decided where," Stewart said.

"I'm looking for good academics, playing time and a chance to win a conference championship."

What about schools like Notre Dame that don't play in a conference?

"That would just be a different aspect," Stewart said. "It just means you have the ability to play top opponents every week."

Stewart has a 3.0 GPA, and already scored a 20 on his ACT. Top Stories