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Sunday, January 20, 2013
2014 RB Stewart turns heads, grabs offers

By Corey Long

TAMPA, Fla. – After winning the IMG Madden Football national championship in 2012, Team Tampa had no shortage of talented underclassmen at Riverfront Park on Sunday for this year’s early workouts.

With ESPN 150 players such as Vernon Hargreaves III, Alvin Bailey, Leon McQuay III and Ryan Green on last year’s team, the competition to replace them was strong.

One of the best players on the field was running back Jarvis Stewart (Largo, Fla./Largo). The 5-foot-10, 190-pound junior has been offered by South Florida and Indiana already, and Alabama is showing a lot of early interest.

“The Indiana offer came pretty recently,” Stewart said. “Alabama and USF have been there for a while. I’ll get the Alabama offer during the spring, most likely.”

Stewart, who rushed for 1,186 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior, said he’s ready to commit himself this offseason to football after running into some disciplinary issues last year.

“Last year I wasn’t doing the right things and I had to pay the price,” Stewart said. “It was a blessing to be let back on my team and now I’m ready for anything that comes my way.

“Team Tampa gives me the opportunity to work on my hands and the receiving aspect of my game. It’s exciting to be part of this group.”