May 29, 2013

Stewart in no rush to commit

Butler High School is quickly garnering a reputation for producing quality Division I linebackers.

Situated just outside of Charlotte, their current star defender, Isaac Stewart, is fast-approaching his moment in the sun after drawing the attention of college coaches all along the east coast.

Tar Heel Illustrated caught up with Stewart in April at The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour in April where Stewart told us he had five offers at that time.

Since then, Stewart claims offers from Ole Miss, Kent State, Marshall and Toledo.

That's in addition to the North Carolina, North Carolina State and Louisville offers among others that he had going into the event.

As of this time, Stewart is in no rush to speed up the recruiting offers, as he feels he is still flying a bit under the radar.

"I want to get as much exposure as I can get," said Stewart. "I'm trying to get my highlight tape out there. I'm not trying to commit right now. I feel like it's still kind of early for me. If another school were to come, I'd have to de-commit and that doesn't look good for your character."

Stewart has a soft spot for N.C. State because they were the first school to offer him. However, two other schools join the Wolfpack in the standing out department in Stewart's eyes.

"As of right now, Louisville I think their catching my eye," said Stewart. "North Carolina is close to home. I've been up there a couple of times. They pretty much wanted me to commit but I was thinking it's a little too early for that."

Stewart has plans to visit Louisville, North Carolina, Georgia and South Carolina in the future.

The North Carolina-South Carolina match-up in week one will offer some interesting television viewing for Stewart, who says he will be watching closely when the two schools square off in August.

"I'm definitely going to look at that game. How do these teams match-up and compete? The first game is usually the developing game but those two teams are on my list of schools I'm thinking about," says Stewart.

Stewart draws inspiration from a recently retired linebacker that was known for his abilities in the locker room as well as his abilities on the field: Ray Lewis.

"I want to be that player that can inspire the whole team," says Stewart. "Not only do I say it, but I do it with my actions. If I'm working hard over here, maybe this person over there will work a little harder too. Team building experiences. That's what I'm looking forward too."

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