Top back enjoyed UT visit

Jonathan Stewart, rated the nation's No. 1 running back prospect by, is impressed with Tennessee after visiting Knoxville last weekend.

The 5-foot-10, 220-pounder from Timberline High of Olympia, Wash., could have immediate impact at UT, which loses two senior tailbacks (Cedric Houston and Jabari Davis) at the end of this season.

So, what were his thoughts on the visit to Knoxville?

''It went well,'' Stewart told's Jamie Newberg. ''It seems like such a peaceful place. The hospitality was great and I spent a lot of time with the coaching staff. The coaches really seem like a great group of guys. So do the players. Also, I have never seen a stadium that big.''

Tennessee was Stewart's third visit, following Washington State and Southern Cal. He is not ready to name a leader at this point.

''I am not sure yet,'' he said. ''In the end I will do what is best for me and I will see where God leads me.''

Stewart is scheduled to visit Oregon on Jan. 7. His interest in Oregon State and Oklahoma State seems to be waning.

''I think I may scratch them off the list,'' he said. ''I am not sure yet who will get that last visit. It could be a surprise.''

With recently fired Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham taking the reins at Washington, the Huskies could become an attractive option. In fact, Willingham tried to recruit Stewart for the Irish.

''We'll see,'' Stewart said. ''I talked with him when he was still at Notre Dame and he seems like a great coach. I will wait and see what happens.''

Wherever he signs, Stewart should make his mark early. He ran for 7,757 yards in high school, breaking the state's all-time career rushing record. He rushed for more than 2,220 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior.

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