Returning to the football field for the first time since his sophomore year, Stewart has had a strong senior season for the Lions, helping them to a 11-0 record, the top-seeding in the Division X playoffs, and a win in the first round against Twentynine Palms (Calif.) High. In a sense, though, the year off has forced Stewart to play catch-up when it comes to his recruiting.
"It's my second year at Oaks, but my first year getting to play," said Stewart. "I had to sit out last year (because of the transfer), but this year I have a chance to go out on top and win the (CIF) championship."
Still, Stewart has been attracting interest from a trio of Pac-10 schools, a pair of WAC schools and a couple of Big Sky schools.
"I'm hearing from California, UCLA, Washington State, Idaho, Fresno State, Idaho State and Northern Arizona," said Stewart. "None of them have offered me yet, but they all said they could be. Idaho State is probably the closest to offering."
Stewart's father played at Fresno State and also for the Los Angeles Rams, and the younger Stewart said he is looking strongly at the Bulldogs.
"Cal is probably my favorite, but Fresno State and UCLA are right there," said Stewart. "My dad played at Fresno State and it would be cool to go there too. My dads been through the whole process and he's been helping me out with what to look for. The questions to ask the coaches, he knows. It's going to end up being my decision though."
Somewhat small for his position, Stewart said where he goes will dictate his playing situation next year. "It kind of depends on my situation. Some of the schools I know I could play right away.
Stewart said next on the agenda is to begin setting up official visits. "We've been talking about that the last couple of weeks. I have to look at my schedule but I want to take all five of my trips. I'll probably take most of them in January, after the season is done," said Stewart.
Stewart has taken unofficial trips to Cal, Fresno State, UCLA and Stanford.
Recruiting Stewart to Cal has been defensive backs coach J.D. Williams, for Fresno State it's been secondary coach Randy Stewart and for UCLA its been tight end coach Jon Embree.
Academically, Stewart is in good shape, carrying a 3.0 GPA and scoring a 1590 on the new SAT.