Highlands DT talks offseason, recruiting

Current Highlands DT Mickey Stewart (6-3, 295) spent last fall with Arizona Western, but made the decision to head to the Jayhawk Conference following the spring. With two offers already, he's hoping a good start to his sophomore season will get him more attention and give him some options when it comes to making his decision...

"It was just time for me to leave (Arizona Western)," Stewart told JCFootball.com. "Highlands is trying to build something good here and I felt like it was a chance for me to come in and help them and also get some attention if I get off to a good start."

While working into the rotation at Arizona Western last fall, Stewart totaled a little over 10 tackles with one tackle-for-loss and said he's been working on his overall game this offseason.

"I'm a pass-rusher and I feel like that's what I do best, but I'm also pretty good at stopping the run," Stewart noted. "I am working a lot on my technique and getting stronger. I also have worked a lot on my hands and using them better than I had in the past."

Right now, recruiting has been a bit slow, but he does have two early offers and more could be on the way if he gets off to a fast start.

"Arkansas State and Abilene Christian have both offered me and I have a bunch of other schools looking at me," Stewart said. "The ones talking to me the most right now are Oregon State, Kentucky and Iowa State, but I've been hearing from Baylor, Bowling Green, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Toledo and Western Kentucky as well."

Stewart is on pace to graduate in May, but says he has been taking extra classes and hopes to get in enough credits in order to finish up his academics in December. Whenever he is able to sign, Stewart will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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