Decision Time May Be Near for QB Stewart

It's an exciting time for quarterback Tyler Stewart of Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, Calif. Not only is he preparing for his final high school football game, which happens to be the CIF Division IV State Championship, he is also getting near to making a decision on where he'll play in college.

Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, Calif., has only been playing 11-man football for three years. In that time it's only had one player as its signal caller, and he's about to close his career with the Trailblazers on Friday in the CIF Division IV State Championship against Le Grand. Sierra Canyon made the Championship game by avenging last years 14-7 loss to arch-rival Paraclete. The Trailblazers trounced the Spirits 47-14.

Sierra Canyon quarterback Tyler Stewart will also soon be making a decision regarding his next step in life - attending college. This past weekend the three-star standout was on his official visit to San Jose State. Stewart is the only quarterback offered so far by the Spartans, and after seeing the school up close, it's getting down to crunch time.

"I enjoyed the trip and got to see a lot more than I did when I was up there in the summer for camp," Stewart said. "They told me I needed to let them know in week and a half or so about what I am going to do. They said I'm dating and so they're going to do some more dating."

Stewart has already visited Nevada and all but ruled out the Wolfpack. However, he has an official visit set with Fresno State on Jan. 20, which is far past the deadline given to him by the SJSU staff. The talented slinger didn't hide where he was leaning, though.

"San Jose State is definitely my No.1," he said. "I got to meet a lot of the guys, and a lot of them are from my area, so that is pretty cool."

Even with the coaching uncertainty at FSU, the Bulldogs are keeping in close contact with Stewart. He said he talks regularly with quarterback coach Jeff Grady, who is currently still on the FSU staff, but there is still a lot of unknowns regarding Fresno State.

"I have a good relationship with (Grady) but I don't know if he'll keep his job," Stewart said. "I don't know if the new coach will even like me or want to keep recruiting me."

San Jose State was the first to offer Stewart, right after he attended camp in the summer. He said he was able to get a good look at the area then, and it reminded him a bit of home.

"The city itself is like a little Los Angeles," he said. "Not in the feel, the feel is different, but how it is as a city with the places to eat and the stores downtown."

The 6-foot-4, 210 pound Stewart said he was hosted by sophomore wide receiver Chandler Jones.

Stewart and Sierra Canyon (14-0, 6-0) line up against Le Grande (12-0, 7-0) on Friday at 4:00 p.m Pacific Time at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The game will be televised by Time Warner Cable. Check local listings in your area.



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