Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Stewart next Razorback pledge?
A year ago, Highland receiver Deon Stewart had finished his sophomore season and wasn’t thinking of playing college football while on scholarship.
“I was kind of feeding off of my sophomore year and I really didn’t do what I wanted,” Stewart said.
Now after his junior season, Stewart has a whole different frame of mind after recording 36 receptions for 757 yards and 8 touchdowns and rushing 27 times for 448 yards and 4 touchdowns. Louisville, Arkansas State and Tulsa have extended scholarship offers while several others, including Arkansas are showing strong interest.
“I guess this year I put up some pretty good numbers and got noticed,” Stewart said. “I really didn’t have that much confidence a year ago.”
Stewart, 6-1, 163, 4.48 seconds in the 40 yard dash, will be visiting the Hogs on March 1 and is hoping to add an offer from the Razorbacks. Video highlights CLICK HERE
“I’ve always grown up being around that and my whole family has been around it my whole life,” said Stewart of his family’s support of Arkansas. “It would mean the world to me.”
His mother is wanting him to stay in-state. He said an offer from the Hogs would likely result in a commitment.
“She can watch me play and it wouldn’t be too far,” Stewart said. “I think she wants me to be close to my family so they can come watch me play as well.”
Stewart’s speed and elusiveness makes him one the top playmakers in the state.
“When I have the ball in my hands, I believe I do some stuff that other people can’t really do,” Stewart said.