Scouting Report: Jonathan Stewart

Aggie Websider's Taylor Freeman catches up with Shreveport-Byrd (La.)'s coach Mike Suggs about the Texas A&M commit, linebacker Jonathan Stewart.

In the media press conference this Monday, Texas A&M defensive coordinator Joe Kines said he was looking for two DeMecco Ryans' on practice Sunday. He may not have them yet, but one could be waiting in the wings with Aggie commit Jonathan Stewart. When Stewart's coach at Shreveport Byrd High School was asked about the impact Stewart has had on their season, Coach Suggs had nothing but praise for his star senior.

"There's no question he's helped us get where we need to be this year," Suggs said. "He's had a really good year, and we're having a pretty good year in part because of his play."

Coach Suggs seemed to think that Jonathan's Success will also translate well to the college game because of his impressive size and strength.

"He's every bit of 6'4" and a good 220 pounds," Suggs said. "Big guys like him aren't special in themselves, but the difference with Jon is he can run. He is one of the fastest on the team, and runs down people on a regular basis."

With teams lining up to beat you through the air in the Big 12, it also seems that Jonathan's game will translate well to helping the Aggies slow down these spread offenses.

"Jonathan's best area of his game is pass coverage," Suggs said. Normally when you get a guy as big as he is he can't hang with the receivers, but Jon will stay with them and he is just great in coverage. Also, Jon covers the outside equally well. He is so quick; he can beat the running backs to the outside, and stretch the play out. He has done that for us many times this year."

In fact, it seemed that the only time Coach Suggs was almost at a loss for words about Stewart was when he was asked what area of game needed the most work.

"Well… I guess if I had to pick one thing, I'd say it's the inside run," he said. "Not to say he isn't good at it, but he could use some improvement on stuffing it a little faster. He is just so good in pass coverage and plays to the outside, so I'd say that'd be his main weakness."

Such size, speed, and play style has the Texas A&M coaches and fans foaming at the mouth for his arrival in College Station, but for that to happen Sherman and company will have to fight off Nick Saban and Alabama, who have been expressing interest as of late.

"Yeah Alabama has been talking to him. He's been committed to Texas A&M, but they've still shown interest," Suggs said. "Jon is a very outspoken guy; he's got a really good personality and is a team leader for us. I'm not sure what his feelings are, but it wouldn't surprise me if he is listening."

Earlier this month, Stewart told Scout.com that he was not sure if he would make a visit to Tuscaloosa or not, but that he had been impressed with the play of the Crimson Tide. With Saban's success at Alabama, this could be a race until the end for the services of this coveted prospect.


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