Thursday, December 20, 2012
Introducing the class: ArDarius Stewart
By Greg Ostendorf
Editor's note: This is a series that introduces Alabama's 2013 recruiting class that will run through signing day.
Although he’s flown under the radar since committing to Alabama last January, ESPN 300 athlete ArDarius Stewart is one of the most dynamic playmakers in the Crimson Tide’s class. He played primarily quarterback and defensive back in high school, but the UA coaching staff wants to try him out at wide receiver when he gets to Tuscaloosa.
Q: What made you commit to Alabama?
A: It’s a family environment up there, and everyone is together. I believe I can get a lot out of being up there character-wise and athletic-wise. Like I said, it’s a family environment, and I’m happy I committed because I believe I can get a lot of good things out of going to Bama.
Q: What’s life been like since your commitment?
A: It’s been real easy. I don’t have as many coaches calling and all this televised stuff going on because I’m committed and I’m solid. I think it died down, the exposure and all those things, so it’s been good.
Q: When did you first meet Coach Saban? What was that like?
A: It was at my first junior day. I went up to junior day, and they called me back to his office. He talked to my parents and I for a long time. He offered me then. He kept talking after he offered me, and I didn’t commit right then. As we were getting ready to walk out of the office, I turned back, and I told him I wanted to commit. He had just a big Kool-Aid smile on his face. My mom went in for a handshake, and he told her, ‘we don’t do that anymore, we’re family now,’ and he gave her a big hug. He was very excited that I committed.
Q: What’s your favorite Alabama memory to this point?
A: It wasn’t that far back. It was actually the Iron Bowl because it was a blowout. I liked seeing the blowout, and I was glad I was there to witness it.
Q: What’s your goal when you get to Alabama?
A: When I get to Alabama, I’m going to try and go in like [Amari] Cooper did as a freshman wide receiver and start. If that doesn’t work out, a redshirt would be fine, but I know I’m going to go in and work hard, give it my all.
Q: Do you have a favorite play or memory from high school?
A: I think it was against Fyffe this year in the second round of the playoffs. We were down on our side, like 79 yards away from our goal, and I went to running back. It’s a play called 26 special, and I ran it all the way for a touchdown.
Favorite food: Chicken
Dream car: Camaro
Number at Alabama: 13
Favorite NFL player: Cam Newton
Dream vacation: Home
Hobby: I go to the gym to work out. I like to swim.
Music before a game: R&B, Hip-hop (Kendrick Lamar)