Oklahoma State All-Big 12 receiver Josh Stewart announced on instagram Tuesday that he would leaving school early to enter the NFL draft.
Stewart is coming off a junior season in which he hauled in 60 passes for 703 yards and three touchdowns. Those numbers were actually down from his monster sophomore campaign, when he caught 101 passes for for 1,210 yards and seven touchdowns. But inconsistent quarterback play early in the season and then a foot injury late were the reasons for the dip in production.
Even though he wasn't quite as a productive this season, Stewart was still one of the most dangerous playmakers in the league (he also had two punt return touchdowns this season). His departure ensures Oklahoma State, which also has to replace quarterback Clint Chelf and seven starters on defense, will be in rebuilding mode next year -- at least early in the season.
Stewart leaving also means the Big 12 will be minus yet another one of its most talented skill players in 2014. Baylor All-Big 12 running back Lache Seastrunk declared for the draft Monday and Texas Tech All-American tight end Jace Amaro declared immediately after the Red Raiders' National University Holiday Bowl win over Arizona State last month.
With Stewart gone, the Cowboys could turn to one of their highest-rated recruits to fill the void. Tyreek Hill, who is the No. 4 junior college recruit in the ESPN JC 50. Hill had offers from Alabama, Florida State and Texas and was a running back for Garden City (Kan.) Community College, but he was recruited by Oklahoma State to play slot receiver.