Bruins Watching Stewart Closely

UCLA has been in recent contact with the Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback, Jihree Stewart...

Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Jihree Stewart (5-11, 178), has had his recruitment take off in the past couple of weeks.

And while they haven't offered, UCLA is another school that Stewart has been talking with.

"I talked with UCLA and Coach (Demetrice) Martin for like 45 minutes (on Saturday) and he said he really likes me," said Stewart. "He said this week they were going to show my film to the coaches and then hopefully they'll sign off."

Stewart said he's got a good early relationship with Martin.

"He knows Coach (Matt) Logan (at Centennial) and he's recruited Centennial hard before so I'm sure we'll have a great relationship," said Stewart.

Stewart is at a half-dozen offers, with Oregon the latest to offer Stewart.

"Oregon was huge for me," said Stewart. "Oregon has always been one of my top schools over my life so an offer from Oregon is big for me."

The Ducks have signed a player from Centennial each of the past two classes, Austin Maloata last month and Cameron Hunt in the 2013 class.

"I was talking to Cameron before and I was like ‘put me on' and he said he was and then after a while, they started looking at me and I got it from them," said Stewart. "Coach (John) Neal offered me as a defensive back, because he likes me as a corner, safety and even as a dime. But they're recruiting me basically as a DB."

Stewart also has offers from Boise State, Colorado, Fresno State, Oregon State and Vanderbilt and more schools could be getting involved.

USC is another school he's been in frequent contact with and his good friend and former teammate John Plattenburg signed with the Trojans last month as did another former teammate, Viane Talamaivao.

"I actually took an unofficial visit there last weekend and met with the DB coach, Coach (Keith) Heyward and toured their facilities," said Stewart.

Stewart said Plattenburg is also throwing his name around to the coaches.

"I know that JP said he's putting in a good word for me," said Stewart. "We've talked about it a lot."

Stewart said most of the Pac-12 is recruiting him and he's gotten a handful of offers from Alabama.

He's hopeful that more coaches will be by in the spring visiting the usually loaded Centennial program, including for their always-packed Showcase.

"Spring will be great because there have always been people above me and now I have a chance to show out," said Stewart.

Stewart said he thinks he's got some more size to be had, with his dad being 6-4.

"I think I'll grow some more, and get to 6-1.5 and we'll see wherever my body fits best," said Stewart. "I like safety more because I can move around more but I like corner because I can use my skill and match up with receivers."

Academically, Stewart has a 3.0 and took the SAT earlier this month.


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