Steward makes the call

While there are more than a handful of football athletes done with the 2008 season, for Fort Bend Hightower linebacker Phillip Steward, everything is in full swing. He and the Hurricane squad advanced to the regional quarterfinals round of the playoffs and he is excited about that. But, there's more good news from Steward and TexasPrepInsider has the latest…

Things seem to be on the up and up for Fort Bend (TX) Hightower linebacker Phillip Steward. Not only did he and the Hurricane team handle business in the area round of the playoffs with a big win over North Shore, but Steward made a big decision here recently and made a choice on where he would like to play college football.

"I called the coaches and I committed to UH (Houston)," Steward said. "I really feel like I fit in their defense and the coaches thought so too."

In the end it was the Cougars and the 6foot-1, 217-pound Steward chose Houston over other offers from Illinois State, Prairie View A&M, and Texas Southern to name a few. According to Steward, the Cougars coaches starting recruiting him heavily after the mini-camp over the summer.

And said they constantly followed up.

"They (UH coaches) invited me to a couple of games and they came and watched me at two games," Steward said. "Coach (Jason) Phillips was the coach recruiting me and we are cool. He said I fit into what they want to do. The coaches want fast linebackers so I think that I fit right in."

Aside from the coaches liking what they see, Steward said that the opportunity to play early was one of the other reasons for making the commitment. And not only did, Steward get the chance to see a couple of Cougars games in person, he has taken in a few practices as well.

He noticed a few things that seemed familiar.

"I went to the UH/UAB game and it was great," Steward said. "I was also invited to a few practices and I got to see how the team moves around. They practice at a real high tempo and that is good because it is much like ours at Hightower."

As for the season, Steward is averaging about nine tackles a game and is getting ready for the regional quarterfinals game this Friday against Katy Cinco Ranch.

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