Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Three at the top for athlete Stewart
By Jared Shanker
Usually if a prospect has a dozen offers, he is a known commodity in recruiting circles. That is not the case with Rasaan Stewart (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley), however. Stewart remains under the radar despite his double-digit offers.
College programs are aware of the 2014 athlete, though. Three schools top his early list, too.
“Definitely Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Villanova, those are the schools I have a connection with the coaches,” Stewart said.
All three have offered Stewart, who also holds offers from the likes of Boston College, Connecticut and Syracuse.
Pittsburgh is making a big push for the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Stewart, who is being recruited mostly as a safety. Panthers coaches Matt House and Dann Kabala remain in constant contact with Stewart, who has already visited the campus.
“I like the campus. It’s nice and really beautiful and the coaches seem to be nice,” Stewart said. “They send me a lot of handwritten letters. That’s the small stuff that creates a relationship. Those are the small things that make a big impact.”
New Rutgers defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson only joined the Scarlet Knights’ staff in January, but he and Stewart have made a strong connection already.
“He seems like a really nice guy,” Stewart said. “I feel I get to know him more because he’s the DB coach and he’ll be coaching me. That’s a big positive.”
One program that could be close to offering is Georgia Tech. But the Yellow Jackets have no idea as to what position Stewart would play in Atlanta.
“At first it was safety and when I was talking to them they said they might try me out at ‘A’ back, too,” Stewart said. “After we were done talking on the phone, he messaged me on Facebook and said he watched my film and is excited about quarterback, too. So, I’m not sure what they’re thinking.”
Stewart wants to visit Georgia Tech this summer along with Boston College. He said a decision could come after his summer visits.