Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Highlands' Stewart proving to be top prospect
Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. made his way to Highland on Monday to see junior athlete Avery Johnson and receiver Deon Stewart.
Stewart, 6-1, 163, 4.48 seconds in the 40 yard dash, has recorded 25 receptions for 566 yards, 7 touchdowns and 16 rushes for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns while returning 10 kickoffs for 361 yards and 2 touchdowns. Video highlights click here
His speed and playmaking ability jumps off his video and has the Hogs highly interested.
“That would mean a lot,” said Stewart of an offer from the Razorbacks. “To get an offer a scholarship to Arkansas and be the first in my family to be offered an athletic scholarship, it would mean a lot.”
Highland Coach Spencer Hill said Stewart can go the distance at anytime.
“He’s just a silky smooth player that’s got great feet, great explosiveness,” Hill said. “It’s a just a big play anytime he gets the ball in his hands.”
Stewart, who also has 6 interceptions, doesn’t know how to describe his ability to make defenders miss in the open field.
“I honestly don’t even know,” Stewart said. “I guess I go wherever my legs take me.”
He admires several receivers.
“I really like Keon Hatcher for the Hogs,” said Stewart, who along with Johnson attended Arkansas‘ game against Texas A&M. “Victor Cruz number 80 for the Giants and I love DeAnthony Thomas. I just the way that guy runs.”