Stewart is the headliner

Over 200 high school athletes participated in the Eugene Nike Camp, Saturday morning and early afternoon on Papè Field, at the Autzen Stadium Complex. Among the participants was Jonathan Stewart, 5-10, 224, Olympia (Wash.) Timberline HS. Stewart is regarded as the No. 1 running back in West and could be the top running back nationally for the soon-to-be senior class of 2005.

Stewart ran an impressive 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash on the natural grass of Papè Field, but was bit disappointed with his time.

"I can run a 4.4 ," said Stewart in a quiet and modest tone. "I messed up a little bit on the grass."

Stewart also had a 37-inch vertical jump, and ran the 20-yard shuttle in 4.38 seconds. If that isn't impressive enough, the muscular athlete who sets a record nearly every time he plays the game of football also pressed 185 pounds 29 times. No wonder he was the focus of everyone's attention during the camp.

Jonathan ran track for his high school this spring and had a 10.9-second time in the 100.

This summer, Stewart is keeping busy by working out and attending football camps. He had to leave his team's football camp held at Central Washington in order to attend the Nike Camp. Stewart will not be attending the Oregon weeklong camp starting on Sunday evening because of the conflict with the Central Washington camp. Later this month he, along with his teammate Jaron Taylor will attend the weeklong Washington State camp.

Stewart's top-5 favorites for college (in no particular order) are Oregon, Washington State, Cal, Tennessee and Florida State. Oregon, WSU and Cal have offered. Saturday's Nike camp is the third time he's been at the Eugene campus. He has talked to all the Oregon coaching staff and Coach Neal Zoumboukos is the main point of contact.

And who is Stewart's favorite? He doesn't have one favorite and he indicated he would rely on his strong religious faith in determining where he will go to college.

"It is in God's hands," said Stewart.

Oregon will also hold a day camp for players on Sunday.

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