NEW ORLEANS — Brad Stewart, No. 133 in the ESPN Junior 300, was one of several talented secondary prospects at The Opening New Orleans regional.
It was easy to see why Stewart, the 11th-ranked safety prospect, is such a highly regarded defensive back. At this point, however, the New Orleans native said there are four out-of-state schools standing out.
"Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Oklahoma are sticking out to me right now,” Stewart said. "Those are dominant schools with dominant defenses. Mississippi State is still building on their program and other than that, the other schools are just dominant.
"Florida, that’s The Swamp. That’s DBU. Oklahoma, they got one of the top defenses in their conference and they play at a high level. They’re recruiting so well they just continue to build on their program. Ole Miss they are just dominant, that’s Ole Miss.”
The 6-foot-1, 194-pound prospect doesn’t currently hold an offer from the in-state LSU Tigers, but Stewart admitted an LSU offer would catapult the Tigers up his list.
“Yeah I’d like to get it,” Stewart said of an LSU offer. “But if it don’t come, it don’t come. If they offer, it would put them somewhere in the bunch with the rest of the schools that are standing out.”
As for his upcoming plans, the talented defensive back is planning to make a trip to the Sunshine State in a few weeks for visits to Florida, Florida State and Miami.
Stewart, who said he will likely make a decision after his senior season, said there are a few key factors that will play a significant role in his college decision.
"I’m looking for a great relationship with the coaches,” he said, "somewhere where I can mix in with the players and hopefully play as a true freshmen."