RECRUITING: Texas OL has OU in top five

Klein, Texas offensive tackle Chris Stewart talks about his game and interest in Oklahoma.


Christopher Stewart is a giant of a man who just rolls over defenders at the prep level at offensive tackle in an unbalanced line.

Stewart started a few games as a freshman, but has been a solid starter for the past two years. This year, Stewart will once again man one of the tackle positions on the front line, but isn't sure where he will play at the next level.

"I have been told different things by different coaches where I might play," said Stewart. "I have been told by some coaches that I move so well that I could play outside, but that would also benefit me inside. The way I look at it, there are five positions on the offensive line and I have played on both sides. If it helps me to play center to get on the fieldm then I will gladly play center. Most people think that I have long enough arms that I will be good at offensive tackle in college, but I will play anywhere they need me to play and feel I can be that versatile in college.

"I think I like playing offensive tackle better because I have played it so long. I have a comfort zone there. I know what all my teammates are doing at the other positions as well. If I changed positions I won't know that much about the rest of my teammates. I just feel better at offensive tackle right now, but I realize that I might have an adjustment period in college at some other position."

Stewart can bench 400 pounds, squats 530 and he has a 26-inch vertical jump. Stewart has dropped basketball and track to concentrate on football. Stewart has never attended any summer camps, but this summer he hopes to make a few. He hopes to attend one of the Sooners one-day camp.

Stewart has been offered by 15 schools and he is working to narrow down his choices.

"I really don't like to talk about it much because it changes all the time," said Stewart. "I guess right now I like Texas, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, LSU and Oklahoma, but there are others that I like.

So what stands out about the Sooners?

"I really like Oklahoma because they are one of the best programs in the country. OU has been in the last two National Championship games, and even though they didn't win either game they were at least in those games. I like the Oklahoma's coaching staff. They appear to be great guys.

"I have talked to the offensive line coach (Kevin Wilson) and the coach that recruits this area (Bobby Jack Wright) and they are both great guys. I know that getting a degree from Oklahoma would mean a lot to me, and that is something that is very important to me. It appears to me that Oklahoma is developing their players and improving their abilities, which helps their players get to the next level. I have never been up there to Oklahoma, but that is something that I need to try to do and hope to do this summer."

Stewart has already qualified.

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