Brad Stewart is one of the best in Louisiana, so he draws a lot of attention as a recruit.
The 6-foot-1, 194 pound defensive back out of New Orleans McDonogh 35 has over 20 scholarship offers with some of the best in the country in pursuit. He was thought to be close to committing late in the summer, but here we are early in October, and he is still uncommitted.
He may not be as close as some think to that decision.
"I am honestly really focused on the season right now," said Stewart. "I have been talking to a few coaches from different schools, but my main focus is on the season. I want to go out with a championship as a senior, so I am really working on that mainly right now.
"The main schools I stay in contact with right now are Mississippi State, Florida, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Alabama, but recruiting is not the most important thing for me right now. I just want to go out with that title."
Stewart and his teammates are off to a good start this season with a 5-0 record. Just because his focus is on his season does not mean schools have slowed their recruitment of the four star down.
He still gets tons of mail, schools constantly message him on Twitter and text message him as well. He will likely take his first official visit later this month.
"I am really just waiting, taking my time and going along with the recruiting process right now. The only school right now that I know I will take an official visit to is Virginia Tech and that should happen in the next three to four weeks.
"I do know I will be taking all five of my official visits though."
Not many have talked about the Hokies when speaking on Stewart, but maybe they should have. Virginia Tech has been in this race all along according to Stewart.
"Virginia Tech has been involved for a while now and that is important to me," said Stewart. "Some schools just throw offers out, then do not do anything with it, but Virginia Tech offered me and they have stayed with me.
"Coach [Galen] Scott (linebackers) is the main coach I talk to and he has been really recruiting me hard for a long time now."
When Scout's No. 19 cornerback in the country trips to Blacksburg (Va.), it will be his first time there. He has visited quite a few of the other schools on his list — especially those in the SEC.
The last school he saw before starting his senior year was the reigning SEC East champions. The Gators are thought to be a real contender here.
"I was down at Florida late in the summer and I talk with with them almost every day right now," said Stewart. "I talk with coach [Torian] Gray (defensive backs), coach Skip (Tim Skipper — running backs), coach [Geoff] Collins (defensive coordinator), and I almost talk with the whole staff. I even talk with coach [Jim] McElwain, the head coach some.
"I am looking into taking an official visit there. I like their team, I had a good visit there in the summer, and Florida is definitely in the mix."
Three other schools Stewart still is considers are Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Each has had him on campus.
"With Auburn, coach [Wesley] McGriff (defensive backs) is my guy. He is one of my favorite coaches and I like how he coaches, I like his style and he is great to talk to. He is a big part of why I like Auburn.
"Ole Miss plays a great style of football. The Rebels' defense always plays with a chip on their shoulder. They are only missing a few parts before they can be a title contender. I like how they play, they play fast and I like their entire defense.
"One of the schools who has recruited me the longest is Mississippi State. I have been in contact with them since my 10th grade year. I have a great relationship with coach [Dan] Mullen (head coach) and some of the other coaches on that staff too, so that helps them. They have always been recruiting me hard."
With only one school who will receive an official visit known and his focus on his senior season, the timing for Stewart's decision is not near. He does not see if happening for at least two more months.
"I will definitely commit after the season. It is going to be a hard decision, so I do not have a date or anything, but I know it will not be during the season. It will happen some time after the season"
If you have not noticed, Stewart wants to play for someone who will win and who is consistently showing him love. Those are two things that will play into his decision.
"Who is recruiting me consistently and who I can win a championship with are two things I am looking for in a school," said Stewart. "I want to win in college — that is why I am focused on my senior season first right now. I want to win a championship.
"I also am looking at who can make me great. That is important to me too."