HIGHLIGHTS: Oregon Commit Jihree Stewart
Player: Jihree Stewart
Position: Defensive back
School: Corona (Calif.) Centennial
Event: 68-64 Centennial first-round playoff win over Gardena (Calif.) Serra
Recruiting: Stewart has been committed to Oregon since March.
"I have 13 other offers, and they were all coming in pretty heavily," Stewart said on Friday. "But I decided, when I went up there, that Oregon was the place for me."
Stewart is listening to other suitors, saying "nothing's ever set in stone. Anything can happen."
California offered Stewart after he committed to the Ducks, and receivers coach Rob Likens was on-hand on Friday to watch several targets, including Stewart.
The Bears have the worst passing defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and the chance of playing early is something that Stewart will think about.
"It's always a great feeling to feel needed," Stewart said.
Highlight: Stewart came up with a pick-six of Serra quarterback Khalil Tate with 11:12 left in the second half to give the Huskies a 41-35 lead.
"Everything happened so fast, and all I could do was run into the end zone," Stewart said. "I saw them run an out route, and I saw the quarterback make eye contact with me, and it looked like he was about to throw it. I jumped it, it was a good jump, and it changed the momentum around a little bit."
Up Next: Centennial has a rematch with Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, which downed the Huskies 38-18 in the opening game of the season back on Aug. 30.
"It's great to go against a team that we've already played, because it gives us a second chance," Stewart said. "We already know what they're going to do, and what they're going to run against us."
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