Stewart talks camp, WFU offer

Marvin Stewart Jr. camped at Wake Forest this summer and came away with an offer from the Demon Deacon coaching staff. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound athlete from Arlington (Va.) Yorktown High School had a big second year as a varsity player and asserted himself as one of the top prospects in Virginia for the class of 2014.

"The Wake Forest camp was my first of the summer and I was a little rusty," said Marvin Stewart. "As I look back on it, I wish I had started training earlier so I would have been prepared. There was some good talent [at the camp] with a lot of great athletes. It was fun and the fed us which is always good. I liked the coaches because they were really pushing me hard to do better. I was actually working with Steve Russ, who coaches the defensive backs at Air Force.

"My initial thought was the campus was small. They said you could walk from on end to the other in 10 to 15 minutes. When I walked around I thought it was beautiful. There's this one area you walk in and you you see is green. Then there's a big church tower that was cool. Everything was very nice."

After Wake Forest, Stewart attended camps at Maryland, Virginia, N.C. State, Delaware, James Madison, and Old Dominion. His early offers have come from Virginia, Maryland, Ole Dominion, and Wake Forest. Stewart said the Wake Forest staff informed his father about their offer soon after the combine.

"My offers have been as an athlete," he said. "If I had my preference it would be at defensive back. It's a position you have to play with a swagger. I've trained hard in the off-season with a coach to improve my skills [at defensive back]. As long as I'm playing though, what position they put me at doesn't really matter to me."

In his sophomore season, Stewart rushed for 1596 yards on 176 carries with 25 rushing touchdowns. He also had 251 yards receiving playing a lot in the slot. On defensive, Stewart had 65 tackles and six interceptions. He was also a threat on special teams running two punts back for touchdowns.

"Next week we get back to practice," Stewart said. "I'm looking forward to hitting people, talking smack, and getting on the same page with my teammates on defense to correct any errors before the season starts. On offense, there's a new fast scat back like me. I think we're going to tear it up together."

The Patriots are coming off a big 12-1 season which saw them make it to the VHSL Class AAA Division 5 Northern Region championship game. In a startling performance against conference rival Stuart, Stewart had 288 yards on 27 carries with five touchdown runs of 70, 62, 20, 16, and two yards collectively. He was named First Team All-Conference and All-County. Stewart and company will begin their season on August 31st with a game against Bowie of Maryland.

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