Recruiting: Is Texas Still In Mix For Klein OL?

After stopping in at Klein High School to check out Christopher Stewart, invited the 6-5, 360-pound G/OT prospect to the All-American Combine May 22nd in Waco (on the Baylor campus). Below, the Greater Houston Area lineman gives us a few things to mull over after interviewing him face-to-face…

During our visit, Christopher Stewart was unable to work out with the team due to back spasms, but that gave us a little more time to see where everything currently stands in the recruiting process.

"Right now," the Klein G/OT prospect said, "I'm wide open. I'm looking at a lot of different schools."

Asked his early leaders at this point in the game, Stewart told, "Texas A&M, Notre Dame and LSU."

All three of those programs have extended offers his way and the 6-5, 360-pounder tosses out a few comments regarding those three schools…

Stewart On A&M: "Close to home, and they were the first school to show interest. Have probably had a longer relationship with their coaches. I'm from Mississippi but I think of myself as a Texas boy. I have a lot of family near A&M also."

On Notre Dame: "I think the new coaching staff is great and think they're going to get the program going again. They've been a powerhouse-of-a-program before and they're up-and-coming. It's a prestigious school and they have great academics."

On LSU: "They're losing a lot of linemen and I think that gives me a better chance to play early. I'll still have a lot of competition to fight for a spot, but my chances (for early playing time) might be a little better if I decided to go there. I've been there before and liked it a lot. Also, a degree from there would be pretty good, too."

Asked which program outside of his early top three schools had the best opportunity to break into that lofty group and contend for his commitment, the No. 2-rated OL prospect in the Greater Houston Area said, "Oklahoma. But they haven't offered yet. I'd like to take an official visit there and check them out, though. And, I like their program."

Other teams he'd like to pencil in for official visits, at least at this stage of the game, are "Notre Dame and Nebraska."

"I'd like to see some schools I haven't had a chance to see yet. I've been to A&M, Baylor, LSU and Texas. But I haven't seen Notre Dame, Oklahoma or Nebraska yet, so that's why I'd kind of like to officially visit those schools."

Stewart said he wants major in international business and minor (or have a second major) in Spanish.

Teams recruiting him are looking at him as a tackle, guard and center. We're currently projecting him as a guard first, tackle second, but will continue looking into those projections.

Academics: 4.9 GPA, 1650 SAT.

JR Season Stats: 55-60 pancakes, 2-3 sacks allowed, 3 holding penalties, 0 false starts.

Stewart said he couldn't recall all of the schools that have sent him official offers but off the top of his head said, "Notre Dame, Nebraska, A&M, Texas, LSU, Purdue, Arkansas, Vandy, Texas Tech, and that's all I can remember now."

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