A fact not lost on three-star 2017 prospect Parker Stewart.
The Rebels will host Stewart for an official visit this weekend. The hope is the 6-foot-5, 185-pound Union City, Tenn., product will one day become the next great guard to blossom under Kennedy’s tutelage, joining the likes of Chris Warren, Marshall Henderson and Stefan Moody.
Stewart has visited Ole Miss before unofficially, and he camped in Oxford over the summer.
“I’m excited,” he said. “My whole family gets to come down this time. They haven’t seen it yet. I’m excited to get to see the plan coach Kennedy and the rest of the coaches have laid out for me.”
Stewart is a top target and priority for Kennedy and staff, whose current recruiting class consists only of Petal, Miss., forward Tirus Smith. That class may soon grow to one more, however. Ole Miss may currently have the leg up in his recruitment, though he’s not ready to name a favorite.
Stewart recently tripped to Kansas State. Additional officials include Nebraska Sept. 17 and Wyoming Oct. 3. He doesn’t he’ll decide this weekend, as he said he wants to finish out his visit schedule and “get a feel for all the schools.”
“I wouldn’t say I have a favorite yet,” he said. “I just want to hear everyone’s plan for me so I can get a feel for their plan for me when I’m there.”
Ole Miss could certainly use Stewart.
The Rebels enter the 2016-17 season with a veteran-laden backcourt led by a pair of juniors in Miami (Fla.) transfer Deandre Burnett and New Mexico transfer Cullen Neal. Senior Rasheed Brooks returns as well.
“Ole Miss is saying I’ll play a lot,” Stewart said. “They like that I can shoot the ball and that I can play on and off the ball. They think I’d fit into their offense and how they play.”
Stewart will be the first official visitor for the Rebels this fall, and he’ll be in attendance for Ole Miss football’s home tilt against Wofford, which he said will be his first ever college football game to attend as a visitor.
Stewart holds additional offers from, among others, Georgetown, Butler, LSU, Florida, Missouri and Wisconsin.
“I think in their offense I can play either the 1 or the 2 spot,” Stewart said of Ole Miss. “Coach Kennedy lets his shooting guards have a lot of freedom with their shots, so I like that too.”