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Finding The Best Fit Is The Most Important Thing For Brad Stewart

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Brad Stewart is focused on where he fits in with a football program. The New Orleans, Louisiana native almost quit playing football out of fear from a leg injury he suffered playing basketball.

“I believe the only thing I had to overcome was a time where I broke my leg playing basketball. I couldn’t really run right so I was like ‘I don’t want to play football anymore,’ because I was scared. Once I got through rehab and all of that, I think I [became] good after that.”

He said that after the injury he was able to get more comfortable running and jumping off of his leg. He knew after his freshman year of high school that he could be one of the best players in the nation. According to the 247Sports Composite, he is a four-star cornerback in the 2017 class, the 20th best cornerback and seventh best player in Louisiana. He also sees time at safety and wide receiver.

“I’m looking more toward somewhere I fit the most. So fit wise, talking to the players, having a relationship with the players and the coaches, a place that feels like home and somewhere I can get the opportunity to play as a freshman.”

Stewart has 39 scholarship offers to his name from schools such as Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Miami, Texas A&M, Michigan, Missouri and more. He has high interest in all the schools that have offered him. There are no front runners for his services right now and he said he’ll make his commitment decision when the time is right.

“It’s been good. I’m just trying to smooth it all out. I believe I’m blessed to be in the position I was in. So, I just take it all in. Every recruiter that has been recruiting me, when they send messages in the mail I always respond back to them just because I’m happy to have all of these people wanting me. I think it’s just been fun.”

He was one of the leaders of the McDonough 35 Roneagles defense that went 11-3 (0-1 District) but lost in the quarterfinal round of the LSHAA Class 4A state playoffs to Easton High School, 27-26.

“Really, I’m going to miss the players, I’m going to miss all brothers that are on the field with me working hard in the summer. I’m going to miss the school honestly. It’s not all it’s cracked up to be but at the same time, it helped me get where I’m at so I’m just going to miss high school period,” Brad Stewart said about he will miss the most about playing McDonough 35 and what lasting impression he wants to leave.

He plays both safety and cornerback and credits the mental part of his game for his success on defense.

“How smart I am. I kind of know what a receiver is going to run before they run it. I really study film and I play by alignment so I kind of always know and get it right.”

Whenever Brad Stewart’s commitment decision comes, the program that gets him is going to get a good kid. His film shows it and off the field, in speaking with him, he seems like a well-rounded young man.

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Heisman Trophy Finalists Include Joe Burrow, Justin fields, Jalen Hurts, Chase Young

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The finalists for the Heisman Trophy have been unveiled and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and defensive end Chase Young are headed to New York this weekend for the 85th edition of the award for the most outstanding college football player.

The winner will be announced on Saturday night during a ceremony that kicks off at 8pm est on ESPN.

“In my opinion, he should win it,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said, according to ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura. “In my opinion, he’s going to win it. The best thing about Joe is he’s a team player. All he wants to do is win this game. Individual awards are not high on his list. That’s what makes him such a great team player.”

While Burrow may have the most momentum heading into the ceremony, and is the likely number 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young is the first Ohio State defensive player to finish in the top four in Heisman voting, and Young is the first defensive player from the Big Ten to do so since Michigan’s Charles Woodson won the award all the back in 1997.

Young led the nation with 16.5 sacks and in tackles for loss per game with 1.9.

Additionally, Ohio State is the seventh school to have multiple players invited to the Heisman ceremony in the same year, but the first to have both an offensive player and a defensive player.

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Rutgers Brings Back Greg Schiano with Eight-Year, $32 Million Deal

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Rutgers is bringing back Greg Schiano as their head coach following a lengthy negotiation process that has led to an eight-year, $32 million deal, according to ESPN.

“Today we open the next great chapter for Rutgers Football,” Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said. “Coach Schiano is absolutely the best person to lead our program. He brings a quality of leadership and integrity that will make all of us proud in the years ahead. I couldn’t be more excited for our student-athletes and our fans.

“A lot of hard work lies ahead, but we will all keep chopping together with Coach to achieve success in the Big Ten. We all know what the goal is and we all must do our part. I can’t express enough appreciation to Greg and Christy Schiano, the first family of Rutgers Football. Welcome back!”

Schiano went 68-67 from 2001-2011 as Rutgers head coach.

“Rutgers University and this football program have meant the world to me and my family,” Schiano said in a statement put out by the school. “I arrived here in 2000 with the goal to build a program that would be a source of pride for the state of New Jersey and develop great young men. I look forward to embracing that challenge once again. This is a great opportunity for all of Rutgers to pull together to get us back to where we all know we belong. It will take everyone on this campus and in the State of Rutgers to get this done.”

Schiano left Rutgers in 2012 to become the head coach of the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, in a tenure that lasted just two years.

“I commend Rutgers Athletics Director Pat Hobbs and Coach Schiano for reaching an agreement following very complex negotiations to bring on this new, exciting chapter for Rutgers Athletics,” Rutgers President Robert Barchi said. “We are all thrilled to welcome Coach Schiano. He is the right coach at the right time to build our Big Ten football program into a long-running source of pride for Rutgers.”

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Ole Miss Fires Matt Luke

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Ole Miss is moving on from head coach Matt Luke, who was fired on Sunday following three seasons at the helm of the Rebels.

“After evaluating the overall trajectory of our football program, we did not see enough momentum on the field and determined a change is necessary in order for our student-athletes to compete at the highest level” Athletics director Keith Carter said in an official statement.

“While improvements were evident in certain aspects of the program, we are judged ultimately by our record, and, unfortunately, we did not meet the standard of success that we expect from our program. We will always be grateful to Coach Luke for his leadership, particularly from a recruiting, academic and overall culture standpoint. At the same time, winning is important, and we know that we can compete for championships at Ole Miss.

“A search is underway to find a new head coach who can build a complete program that attracts top talent, develops them as young men and sustains a winning mentality. We will be looking for the leadership, energy and commitment to excellence necessary to compete in the Southeastern Conference and galvanize our passionate fan base.”

Luke compiled a 15-21 record during his tenure at Ole Miss.

According to the Clarion Ledger’s Nick Suss, the firing of Luke was not well-received by some of the players, with some storming out of the team meeting angry over the decision.

Many are speculating that the Egg Bowl was what set the firing in motion. However, it is worth noting that attendance was becoming an issue in the midst of a losing season, and with a new athletic director in the fold, change was likely coming sooner or later.

 

 

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