Stewart makes all-star moves, says UW probably out

<B>SAN ANTONIO -- Jonathan Stewart, the No. 1-rated running back in the country, had four carries for 35 yards in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday. But he scored an encouraging word for Washington State, Oregon and Tennessee when he definitively addressed the question of Washington with a "probably not."

As for the all-star game, played here in the hometown of the Alamo in front of a live national television audience on NBC, Stewart said his modest carry total "was just part of the offensive plan. That was it."

Indeed, the West went to the air early and often in its 35-3 rout of the East.

Stewart had a fumble and dropped a screen pass, but also showed his talents at making tacklers miss and showed a couple of different gears in acceleration on a 30-yard first-half scamper.

Now that high school football is over for the 5-11, 215-pound record-setter from Timberline High in Lacey, Wash., what's next on the agenda?

In short, working out and getting ready for next season, he says.

Asked the question he's been asked what seems like a thousand times about who his college leaders are, he was unhesitant and straightforward.

"Oregon, Washington State and Tennessee," responded Stewart.

Will he visit Washington?

"Probably not," he answered.

A week ago Stewart crossed off USC from his list of finalists. Earlier this week, when asked about his leaders he named the Cougars, Ducks and Vols, but no follow up question was put forth to clarify his interest, or lackthereof, since the coaching change at Washington. Today he clarified it, though left enough wiggle room to keep reporters, if not fans, on their toes till signing day.

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