"I talked to (defensive coordinator Dave) Aranda today and I think he kind of knew it was going to happen," Stewart told Badger Nation. "Me and my dad think it is the best thing for our family right now. I want to see what else is out there.
"We were really patient with Wisconsin and we talked to Coach Aranda a couple of times. We just feel it is the best thing to open up and then see if Wisconsin is the right fit for me. With the whole coaching change and everything we just want to make sure. Once I sign that letter of intent, it is a big deal. I am at that school for four or five years."
Even with the de-commitment from the three-star quarterback, Aranda took the news in a positive light.
"Coach Aranda told me that I am still one of their top prospects for the 2014 class and they are highly interested in me," said Stewart, currently ranked the No.23 quarterback in the country by Fox Sports Next. "They want me to come up for a visit to meet Coach Andersen and Coach Ludwig, so they were very positive about the whole thing. The main thing we wanted them to know was that we were going to take other visits. Who knows? Maybe that letter of intent ends up at Wisconsin.
"I am definitely going to still consider Wisconsin, it is a great school and everything about it I really like, but I felt like I should really keep my options open."
Stewart is looking to visit Bowling Green, Toledo and Western Michigan. He plans on visiting Illinois this weekend for the school's junior day and is also considering trips to Iowa, Purdue and Michigan State.