Top prospect enjoys trip to Pullman

PULLMAN -– Running back <b>Jonathan Stewart</b>, one of the nation's most coveted prep football prospects, spent the past weekend in Pullman and, by all accounts, had a great stay.

Stewart, from Olympia's Timberline High, stayed in Rogers Hall with old friends from high school. They told that Stewart "really, really" enjoyed his stay and very much liked the Cougar coaching staff.

In addition to visiting with coaches, he toured the campus, and then watched WSU's 49-8 rout of Idaho in front of a packed Martin Stadium, they said.

In July, a month after attending WSU's summer camp, Stewart told national recruiting analyst Allen Wallace that he liked Pullman "because it's in a real college town -- everyone knows who you are there and they give you a lot of support. It's a really good feeling.I also got to know the coaches at Washington State a little better. They all seem really cool and they don't put up fronts."

Stewart arrived in Pullman on Saturday after leading No. 2-ranked Timberline to a 55-37 victory over Chehalis the night before. He piled up 253 yards and scored four TDs. He now has 6,033 career rushing yards – just 96 shy of the Washington state high school career rushing record.

One of the names Stewart passed on his way up the state's career rushing list is familiar to Cougar fans: starting outside linebacker Pat Bennett, who ran for 5,420 yards in four seasons of varsity ball at Forks High.

The praise for Stewart, rated by as the nation's No. 1 running back prospect, is unending. "I've not seen a better running back than him period in my 30 years here," Tumwater coach Sid Otton told The Daily Olympian. "The picture that runs in the paper looks like an NFL guy to me."

Add Centralia ocach John Shultz in the same story, "Jonathan Stewart is the most-talented running back I've ever seen, bar none."

Stewart's own coach, Kevin Young, says, "The more I see him, the more in awe of him I am. He's so good right now but the scary thing is he can get even better."

Stewart (5-10, 220) runs the 40 in 4.52 seconds and carries a 3.2 GPA. In addition to WSU, his top schools right now are believed to be Oregon and Cal, with Washington, the Arizona schools, Tennessee and Florida lurking.

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