Stewart Waiting On UCLA

The Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback, Jihree Stewart, is hoping a Bruin offer will come and he's willing to wait to trim his list until after the eval period...

Corona (Calif.) Centennial cornerback Jihree Stewart (6-0, 178), has ten offers that span the country.

Then there are the two local schools, USC and UCLA, which have both been actively recruiting him, had him at spring practices and continue to stay in touch with him.

"I went to USC for their spring game and for spring practice and I went up to UCLA for one of their spring practices and I'm going to camp with both of them for sure," said Stewart.

Stewart said he's intrigued by both the Los Angeles schools, despite neither having offered.

"UCLA said everything looked good on film and when they saw me," said Stewart. "It should be soon they offer. I went up for a spring practice and talked to the coaches and they loved the way I play and they loved my size."

Demetrice Martin is recruiting Stewart for the Bruins.

"Coach Meat talks with me all the time, and he's recruiting me really hard," said Stewart. "He's going through the process on his end but he's supposed to be out here at our showcase (on Thursday) to get another look at me. I think it's coming soon."

Same with across town, where Keith Heyward is recruiting Stewart for the Trojans and his former teammate and good friend John Plattenburg is headed, as well as another former teammate, Viane Talamaivao, will be playing.

"USC has a great and competitive atmosphere," said Stewart. "I love the way they play football. They want me to come to their camp so I will. Their spring game was nice and they had a great atmosphere."

Utah, where his brother, Dres Anderson plays, is another school that Stewart is talking with.

"I was actually out in Utah this weekend for Dres' graduation," said Stewart. "I talk to Coach Whittingham some too. They could be offering soon."

Stewart's offers come from the Pac-12, SEC, Big Ten and ACC plus the Mountain West.

"I have offers from Vanderbilt, Colorado, Boise State, Fresno State, Oregon State, Oregon, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Arizona State and Duke," said Stewart.

Three more schools are getting involved too.

"We've had Nebraska out here, plus Texas Tech and Notre Dame as new schools that are showing interest in me," said Stewart. "Taylor Martinez went to Nebraska from here and I've always known Notre Dame to be a national program."

Most schools like Stewart strictly as a corner, but some schools have hinted at safety.

"Most are recruiting me as a corner, but there are some saying safety," said Stewart.

Stewart said he's not narrowing his list down anytime soon, wanting to let the eval period and the camp period in June play out before he starts trimming things.

"I don't have a top five and I'm pretty wide open," said Stewart. "I'm going over everything right now, all the pros and cons, and I want to see what offers I get after the camps."

This fall, Stewart and Centennial will play one of the toughest schedules in the Southland. In addition to the always difficult Big VIII League, the Huskies will play Bishop Gorman from Las Vegas, Mater Dei, Bishop Amat, Orange Lutheran and Long Beach Poly.

"Coach (Matt) Logan is never the type to shy away from anyone," said Stewart. "We're always the team that goes after everybody. For me, it's a big deal because we'll be going against some great teams and great players."

Stewart has thrived on the 7v7 circuit with the Frat Boyz this spring and with Centennial's showcase coming up this week, which always attracts elite programs and coaching staffs, he's ready to show how much he's grown.

"Playing with the Frat Boyz has really helped me polish up my craft and helped benefit me," said Stewart. "With our showcase coming up on the 8th, I'll have a chance to make a better impression on more colleges and it's also good for my teammates to maybe get their first offer."

Academically, Stewart has a 3.3 and has spring plans for the SAT and ACT.

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