In-state TE plans making junior day plans

A GOOD PAC-10 TIGHT END is difficult to find. Consider the skills set required -- the player needs to be an outstanding receiver, run blocker and pass protector -- and that has to all come in a height/weight package conducive to each of the responsibilities. One in-state TE prospect in the '08 class hails from Grants Pass, and he has plans to attend the Beavers' junior day.

Jennings Stewart (6-4, 210) says he grew up rooting for the green and gold, but Oregon State has since grown on him.

"I've been a Ducks fan since I was four, but I've really grown to like the Beavers -- it's just the way their team is. I like them both," said Stewart.

A first team all conference selection as a junior tight end, Stewart was the leading receiver on a run dominated Caveman offense in '06, with 26 receptions for 357 yards in 11 games.

A TRIP TO Corvallis is on his schedule for Oregon State's junior day.

"I'm going to try to get to both Oregon and OSU," said Stewart. "I really liked it there at OSU. They seemed a lot more friendly than (elsewhere), I really liked the people."

In addition to Oregon State and Oregon, among the schools expressing early interest in Stewart, who is Mormon, include BYU and Washington. He's previously visited Oregon State for a football game, and took in a basketball game in Eugene. Distance could play a part in his decision.

"Everything is really even for me but my dad really wants me to go to BYU," said Stewart. "I'm really even with everything, depending on what the scholarship offers are...I'd really like to find just an area that feels like home when you're on campus. BYU, just about my whole family lives in Utah, and I have family on the West Coast, too. I have a couple (relatives) who live up in the Corvallis area, and we're also only two hours away."

LAST YEAR, Stewart attended the Linfield, Oregon and Air Attack camps and that looks to be the same plan for this summer.

"They said like my size, speed and my hand eye coordination," said Stewart of his camps feedback. "I know I'll go to the Linfield camp because that's our team camp. I'd like to go to the BYU camp but it's right after school gets out. And I'll be attending the Oregon camp and the Air Attack camp. The Oregon State one (June 23 – 26), it's at the same time as the Oregon camp, I believe."

STEWART FINISHED up his hoops season recently and went straight into track and field, where he competes in the high jump, 400-m and shot-put.

An excellent student, Stewart mainatains a 3.65 GPA and boasts strength numbers of 250 pounds in the clean, 410 in the squat and 275 on the bench.

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