Stewart Waiting Patiently For OSU Offer

Olympia (Wash.) Timberline running back Jonathan Stewart recently set his state's all-time career rushing record. He is waiting for Ohio State to extend a scholarship offer. Click here for more details.

The nation's No. 1 running back prospect – as rated by TheInsidersRecruiting.com – has expressed an affinity for Ohio State and he says a member of the OSU staff contacted him within the last week.

But this fine prospect is still waiting on a formal scholarship offer letter from Ohio State.

Olympia (Wash.) Timberline running back Jonathan Stewart recently became the all-time leading rusher in Washington high school football history. The 5-10, 224-pound Stewart, who boasts 4.35-second speed in the 40-yard dash, has schools from across the country nipping at his heels and offering scholarships.

But he seems to be waiting patiently for Ohio State to follow suit and pull the trigger.

"My top schools right now would probably be Oregon, Wazzu (Washington State), Cal, Ohio State and maybe USC and Tennessee," Stewart said. "All of them have offered me except Ohio State. But they called me. They called me to congratulate me on our team's win on Friday."

If Stewart has offers from some top-name schools – including everybody of note on the West Coast – why is he so intent in pursuing one from Ohio State?

"Their team history is really good," Stewart said. "They're a good running back school. A lot of good running backs have come from there."

Stewart made an unofficial visit to WSU in Pullman for the Idaho game. He has no official visits scheduled and declares no leader, though.

"I'm leaving my decision up to God and wherever he leads me," Stewart said.

Over his varsity career, Stewart has led his team to the end zone. Through his team's 5-0 start, he has rushed for 1,012 yards and 13 touchdowns and also scored a receiving touchdown.

Stewart, ranked as the nation's No. 6 overall prospect, broke the previous state record of 6,128 yards, which was held by former Wahkiakum (Cathlamet, Wash.) running back Jerod Moore since 1999. Stewart now stands with 6,491 yards on his career. As a junior, he had 2,606 yards and 36 touchdowns.

"I just think I have a good blend of power and speed," Stewart said. "I think I am able to run with really good balance. I'm always working to improve on my agility and speed. I'll go over or around you."

Stewart was named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's 2003 All-Area football team. He was also named to the Tacoma News Tribune 2003 all-state football team and was the 2003 Seattle Times State 3A Player of the Year, as well as a first-team all-state selection. Stewart bench presses 350 pounds, squats 575 and has a vertical jump of 37-inches.

Academically, he has a 3.2 GPA and will take college entrance tests in November.

Click the link below for a look at video of Stewart.

Jonathan Stewart Video


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