Proving He's Healthy

Stewart Johnson missed his entire junior season as a result of a broken leg. He's fully recovered and having a great season so far. Penn State has been in touch. How interested are both parties?

Name: Stewart Johnson
Position: LB, TB
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 230 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.6 (at Penn State's camp)
School: Lawrence Senior High, Cedarhurst, NY

Stewart broke his leg last September, ending his junior season before it officially began. He is now fully recovered from the injury and playing both linebacker and tailback for Lawrence High this season.

"The leg is fine, couldn't be better," Stewart said Thursday evening.  "So far, I have 6 touchdowns on the season and about 300 yards rushing.  We played 3 games and we're 3-0.  I don't know how many tackles I have, but it's a lot."

Johnson also had a 65-yard touchdown called back in his first game because of a clipping penalty.

Stewart does not yet have any scholarship offers since college coaching staffs did not get the chance to see him play last year and are waiting to see whether or not he shows any ill effects from the injury.

Penn State is one of the teams taking a closer look now.

"I'm pretty sure that Penn State's going to be offering because they called last night and I spoke with one of their coaches.  I talked to the defensive backs coach, Brian Norwood, and he said that in a few weeks the recruiters are going to be allowed to travel around to the schools, so he'll probably catch a game.  That's good news.

"He wants to see tape.  My coach is going to send him the tape of one of our games."

What other schools are showing interest?

"Boston College, Syracuse, Connecticut, there's a whole list."

According to Stewart, Penn State and Boston College are recruiting him the hardest.  Although he has been receiving a lot of mail from both schools, his half hour conversation with Coach Norwood was the first time he's spoken with either school since May.

"He asked me how the season is going so far, he asked how my family was doing, and he said he wants to come down and see me play and to get some footage of me playing.  He said he was going to call my coach today (Thursday).

"I'd have to say that I'm most interested in Penn State, and Boston College too.  I've seen both campuses and I liked what I saw.  I like the surroundings and the programs they have."

Stewart believes Penn State is recruiting him to play linebacker.

He has attended summer camp at Penn State the past 3 years and was also at this year's Nike Camp.

"I went to Rutgers' [camp] for one day, and then I went to Penn State for a whole session.  I think it was the third session.  I worked out with both the running backs and linebackers."

Johnson also visited Boston College in February for a junior day.

Stewart indicated that his grades are "pretty good" and has been taking a class to prepare for the SAT which he will take for the first time this Saturday.

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