Henry clone likes UT

A guy who sounds like a clone of ex-Vol Travis Henry is taking a look at the University of Tennessee.

Like Henry, Jonathan Stewart is a stocky 5-foot-10, 218-pound junior who runs with tremendous power. He has decent speed (4.6) but exceptional strength (350-pound bench press) and agility (37-inch vertical jump). These attributes enabled him to rush for 2,609 yards and 36 touchdowns last fall at Timberline High of Olympia, Wash.

Stewart already has six scholarship offers with many more still to come. He reportedly has Oregon holding a slight lead over Tennessee, California, Washington State and Miami.

Stewart already has paid visits to Oregon and Washington State. One thing he likes about the Ducks is that ''they always have great running backs every year.''

The Vols have a recent history of producing high-profile backs, as well, the list including Reggie Cobb, Chuck Webb, Charlie Garner, Little Man Stewart, Jay Graham, Jamal Lewis, Shawn Bryson, Henry and Travis Stephens.

''Tennessee also produces great running backs,'' Stewart said. ''I just think they are a great overall program and I like that they are a big, national team.''

Like Henry, Stewart has a low center of gravity and great power in his legs. These attributes make him hard to knock off his feet.

''I have good lower body strength and balance,'' Stewart said. ''That's a key to my running. I'm a good power back.''

With so many schools vying for his services, he knows he faces some tough decisions in the months ahead. He already has a battle plan prepared.

''I plan to pray about it,'' he said. ''I just plan to take my time and see what happens.''


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