RECRUITING: Status quo for Stewart

WITH CHRISTMAS BREAK winding down, <b>Jonathan Stewart</b> has begun to think about narrowing his list but the record-setting running back out of Olympia, Wash., remains a long ways away from making a decision on which school he'll attend. It's a decision that could come later rather than sooner.

"I haven't been thinking about colleges a whole lot this Christmas break," Jonathan Stewart laughed a bit as he talked to

Being the No. 1 running back prospect in the nation, it's safe to assume this holiday season that schools have been thinking about him.

Stewart finished with 7,757 rushing yards for his high school career, the top all-time career rushing mark in Washington state history, shattering the previous mark by over 1500 yards. (WSU senior linebacker Pat Bennett still holds the No. 8 spot all-time with 5,420 rushing yards from his prep days in Forks.)

Before the Christmas break and latest dead period began, Washington State and Oregon each came by for an in-home visit with the Timberline High star. Both visits, Stewart said succinctly, went very well.

The standout tailback will be traveling to Oregon on what could be his final official visit on Jan 7. Circumstances could yet change, but at this time Stewart has not scheduled a fifth and final official visit for one of the two last weekends in January.

After the trip to Eugene, Stewart will travel to San Antonio to play in the US Army All-American Bowl, broadcast by NBC on Jan 15. There had been some thought that Stewart would announce during the game -- and while that possibility still holds true -- don't be surprised if this one goes all the way down to the wire with Stewart announcing his college choice on Letter-of-Intent day.

Stewart said there really isn't any one thing that will help him decide, just more of a feeling he'll have that a certain school is the right choice for him. The 5-10, 218-pound Stewart has consistently said over the course of the recruiting season he'll make his choice when it feels right to do so. If that decision comes on Feb 2, then that's when it will come.

For one school, it will certainly be worth the wait.

Over the course of the recruiting season, Stewart has had an opportunity to get to know all the coaches on the WSU staff -- when asked which Cougar coaches he's being recruited by Stewart said; "Well, all of them, really."

Running backs coach Kelly Skipper, a record setting running back himself in his high school and collegiate days and oft-mentioned this recruiting season by prospective student-athletes, is one Stewart identifies with and has made a connection.

"He's real laid back, I like him."

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