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Friday, December 16, 2016

Four-star defensive back lists KU among six finalists

Stewart considering Kansas, along with nationally renowned programs

Kansas University football recruiting

Kansas University football recruiting

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When David Beaty announced the eight mid-year signees from the Kansas football team’s 2017 recruiting class earlier this week, the head coach said his new contract extension bolstered his staff’s ability to land the types of players they want to bring to KU.

Due to NCAA rules, Beaty can’t speak publicly about un-signed recruits. But if he could, the Jayhawks’ leader would point to prep defensive back Brad Stewart to reinforce that argument.

A four-star safety according to Rivals, Stewart reportedly has offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, Oklahoma and various other well-respected Power 5 programs. On Thursday, the 6-foot, 194-pound prospect from McDonogh 35 High School, in New Orleans, tweeted out a list of his top six schools. Kansas made the cut, along with finalists Florida, USC, Virginia Tech, Arizona State and Oklahoma.

A Class of 2017 recruit ranked the No. 19 safety among seniors by Rivals, Stewart told SECCountry.com he arrived at his list of top six schools after discussing his options with his family and high school coaches.

“We all sat down at the table and actually looked at every school — the amount of players leaving and the amount of commits coming in,” Stewart said in the interview. “Also which schools could coach me up for the next level.”

While giving his reasons for considering each program with SECCountry.com, the young defensive back explained how Kansas joined the group featuring nationally renowned teams.

“Coach Tony Hull recruits down south,” Stewart said, referring to the KU staff’s New Orleans native and running backs coach, “and is trying build that program. If I were to choose them, I could be a part of that and make a difference in that program.”

The Times-Picayune reported Stewart considered going as far as giving KU a verbal commitment during the past several months, but has since backed off of making his choice.

According to SEC Country, Stewart plans to contemplate his decision until National Signing Day. In the meantime, he said he plans to take official visits to Florida, Virginia Tech and USC in January.

While some recruiting services list Stewart as a cornerback, he told SEC Country he could play corner or safety, depending on how his future team wants to use him.

“My main goal is to play as a true freshman and have a good relationship with the coaches,” Stewart said. “So it’s about the bond I feel and getting that opportunity.”

Comments

Buck Bukaty 3 months, 2 weeks ago

All I can tell you, Mr. Stewart, is reiterate, I'm sure, what the Jayhawk recruiting staff has already counseled you on. Our Head Dude isn't afraid to start FRESHMEN student athletes like yourself ! Reference our starting Safety (Lee) who could have been a High School Senior during the 2016 season and has garnered post season honors. Reference our starting Running Back the first game of our 2016 season (Herbert). There are more, and I don't mean to slight anyone, but you get the big picture. Ask your KU recruiters what it took for those dudes to start inside the chalk their FRESHMAN season and honestly answer them if you have what it takes and are up for the same challenge. Finally, ask them what RCJH means and how it would translate and transform to the rest of your life. Good luck to you wherever you land, our friend !

Gavin Fritton 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I will be the first to admit it when I am wrong and yes, of course, I hope he signs with the Jayhawks. But this is one of those things for which I will not hold my breath. I will put my love of KU against anyone's. A lot of people bled red; I bleed crimson. But we are a long way from competing with the likes of Alabama for recruits.

Then again, I was absolutely certain, I mean wagering my first born sure, that we would never get Andrew Wiggins. So what do I know?

Micky Baker 3 months, 2 weeks ago

There are two former Alabama players transferring to Kansas and will be on the roster eligible to play next season. One is an O-lineman and the other is a WR.

With that said, the article listed his six finalists, and Alabama isn't one of them. They include, besides Kansas, Oklahoma, Florida, USC, Virginia Tech, and Arizona State. He would likely start right away for Kansas, but maybe not any of those other teams. We also have this thing about the two starting CBs for the defending Super Bowl champions played at Kansas. Well, if they want to go the NFL, we have DBs in the league. I think we have 4 of them, 2 of them with Super Bowl rings now.

Dirk Medema 3 months, 1 week ago

It would be amazing to have him and Lee anchoring the DB's for the next 3-4 years. With the development of the DL, that is a great start to rebuilding.

David Williams 3 months, 1 week ago

Hi Benton - any word re KU assistants, such as Hull, getting raises along with Beaty? Those guys definitely need a step up in pay....Thanks.

Ray Winger 3 months ago

When every is counting NFL DB's from KU...Clint Bowen. Don't forget Charles 'Flash' Gordon, who would have been great, but had his career cut short by freakish accident. He played both ways before Mr. Talib.

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