Running Back
Timberline HS (Olympia, Wash.)
NR: 1 Rating: *****"> Running Back
Timberline HS (Olympia, Wash.)
NR: 1 Rating: *****">

Looking at the 2005 class. Part I

Jonathan "Snoop" Stewart<br> Running Back<br> Timberline HS (Olympia, Wash.) <br> 5-11/220/4.52<br> NR: 1 Rating: *****

THE STATS: Stewart rewrote the Washington state high school rushing records with 7,757 yards and 95 touchdowns for his high school career. As a senior, he rushed for 2,278 yards and 30 scores. His honors include, first team Parade All-American and top running back in the country by Parade Magazine, PrepStar Magazine's Dream Team and top running back nationally, first team Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best in the West", starter at the U.S. Army All-American game and 2004 Northwest Nuggets.

STRENGTH: Stewart has a NFL type body. He has the speed to go outside and it takes more than one tackler to bring him down. He is a quiet kid who lets his actions speak for themselves, and has a devastating second gear that gives him great acceleration. He bench presses 375 pounds, squats 575 pounds and has an incredible 40.5-inch vertical jump. Quite simply, many football pundits consider Jonathan Stewart the top running back prospect in the country and easily the highest rated offensive player that Mike Bellotti has ever signed.

WEAKNESS: Some may wonder if he can play a full game. There is really no indication from his high school games because by halftime his team was well ahead and he normally had already rushed for more than 100 yards, sometimes 200 yards in a single half!


WHY OREGON? Stewart cited a number of reasons why he selected the Ducks including the fact that Eugene is in easy driving distance to his hometown in Lacy, Wash. He also felt a particularly close bond to several players and running backs coach Gary Campbell. Oregon was one of two schools that had been recruiting Stewart the longest. During his official visit in January 2004, Stewart a very religious young man and his mother Lora Fiason were very satisfied with what the University could offer Jonathan.

"It's just the overall feel that I got from the Lord, everything seemed right," Stewart told Seattle's KING-5 TV's Paul Silvi. "Their facilities are awesome. They had a lot to offer."

Stewart had liked Oregon early on in his high school career. One of his first visits to Eugene was during the Nike camp held at the Autzen Complex in June of 2003. Stewart caught the attention of everyone at the camp and it was clear to observers that he liked what he saw at Oregon.

HS COACH: "Strength and balance would be two of the biggest (assets)," Timberline's Kevin Young told the Eugene Register-Guard. "But I'd say his strongest asset is that he doesn't have any faults. There's no glaring weakness, and that's kind of his biggest strength."


"I look at Jonathan Stewart obviously, first and foremost," commented Bellotti about potential playmakers.

"There is just something special about him," said Bellotti about Stewart. "He's just different (than anyone that has come before him at Oregon)."

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