Stewart Still Committed

Stewart Still Committed

The Texas A&M defense struggled in 2008 and is looking for some immediate help from the Class of 2009. Texas A&M commit Jonathan Stewart looks to step in right away and contribute next season. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke with Stewart to discuss his commitment status and his visit schedule

With the season now over for Shreveport Byrd linebacker Jonathan Stewart, he's now focused on the recruiting process. In July, Stewart verbally committed to the Aggies and he remains a Texas A&M commit. However, with many schools pursuing him this fall, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound playmaker wants to make sure he's made the right choice before signing on the dotted line.

"I'm still a solid commit to Texas A&M," Stewart said. "But I just want to make sure and explore my options before I sign."

Those options include Cal-Berkley, Texas Tech, and Alabama. In addition to his official visit to Texas A&M on December 13, Stewart will be traveling to California this weekend and then he's scheduled to visit the Crimson Tide on January 9 and the Red Raiders on January 21. He discussed his interest in each school.

"Cal has great academics and is in the Pac-10. They are an option if I want to go away from home," Stewart said. "Texas Tech is in the Big 12 and they are 11-1. They told me I could play early at outside linebacker. Alabama is ranked No. 1 and they have a great fan base."

Stewart is also looking forward to his official visit in College Station where he hopes to bond with other Texas A&M commitments and players as well as experience the university in a different setting.

"I'm looking forward to going down there and hanging out with all the players and recruits," Stewart said. "I'm also curious to see the school without all the crowds and activities you see on game day. I want to see it like it usually is during school."

There has also been speculation that Stewart was interested in LSU and possibly Tennessee. However, at the moment, the Shreveport native indicated that he's looking only at those four.

"Those are the four schools now," Stewart said. "LSU hasn't offered and I don't know about Tennessee."

Despite evaluating his other options, Stewart wants to make it clear that he's committed to the Aggies and he's excited about putting on the maroon and white and helping turn the program back around.

"I like the coaches and the culture there. It felt right when I committed," Stewart said. "It's a place where I feel comfortable and I have a chance to step in right away and contribute."

Shreveport Byrd finished a successful 9-3 campaign and the Scout.com three-star linebacker felt he had a solid senior season individually.

"I feel I improved this year as a senior," Stewart said. "I was much stronger and faster this season, and that allowed me to play more physical and I was more intimidating out there."

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