Denton Guyer DB Adds Big12 Offer To His List

If you look at the recent trend of offers Texas A&M has sent out in the past few months, it's easy to identify which side of the ball the A&M staff has made a top priority in 2011. Josh Stewart (Denton Guyer) received his first in-state offer from the Aggies on Monday and the 5-foot-10, 170 pound defensive back was completely taken aback by the news.

If you look at the recent trend of offers Texas A&M has sent out in the past few months, it's easy to identify which side of the ball the A&M staff has made a top priority in 2011. With 9 out of the 12 new offers this month going to defenders, many are beginning to detect a sense of urgency from Tim DeRuyter's new staff to improve the overall defensive talent on campus. In 2010, kids like Elisha Olabode flew under the radar for months, but the Aggies appear to have jumped on a kid they feel can be a difference-maker at defensive back. Josh Stewart (Denton Guyer) received his first in-state offer from the Aggies on Monday and the 5-foot-10, 170 pounder was completely taken aback by the news.

"It was really surprising. My coaches called me into their office and I had no idea what they were going to tell me, at first I thought I was in trouble," Stewart said laughing. "I haven't talked to any of the A&M coaches and I haven't gotten any letters or questionnaires about their campus. It was completely out of the blue so it was exciting."

"A&M is a good school. My cousin plays there and he has told me a lot of good things about it. I'm out there almost every summer for the state 7-on-7 tournament and I visit him whenever I get the chance. He tells me how nice it is down there and how I can come visit him anytime."

Josh's cousin is the wide receiver turned free safety, Lionel Smith. The two grew up not too far away from each other in Louisiana before having to relocate to Texas after Katrina devastated the gulf shores in 2005.

"Lionel Smith is my cousin. We are very close. I call him almost every week. We lived in the same part of Louisiana before we had to move because of hurricane Katrina. He says the A&M coaches are nice and they work hard to make their players better. That is the type of program I am looking for. I want a coaching staff that is dedicated to making me the best player I can be.

The versatile defensive back has a good mindset early on in his recruiting process. Stewart wants to get all of his recruiting out of the way before his senior season.

"I plan on making my decision before next football season so probably this spring or early summer. I want to go into the season focused on our team and worry about all the recruiting stuff afterwards."

Steward already holds offers from Iowa, Minnesota, and Wake Forest. At the moment, Oklahoma State is the only other Big 12 School Josh is hearing from.

"The A&M offer was an offer I have been thinking about for a while but I never thought I was going to get. I like those other schools but A&M is one that I have always hoped for. Now that I've got it, it's shocking for me. OSU is talking to me but I think they have two guys ahead right now."

Josh finished his junior campaign with 64 tackles and 6 interceptions for Denton Guyer.

"I'm like a receiver at corner. I have great hands and I'm not afraid to attack anybody no matter how big they are."


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