May 31, 2011

Louisiana cornerback on the rise

The Houston Cougars made the most out of their spring evaluation period and extended plenty of new scholarship offers in the process. Despite locating new talent and giving out new offers, Houston has still not given up on some of the players they offered a while back.

The Cougars have shown the ability to go into the state of Louisiana and to successfully catch the attention of some of the most talented players the state has to offer. The 2012 class has been no different, as at least six of the top performers from the neighboring state have been offered, including Patterson cornerback Trevon Stewart who was the first offer extended into Louisiana early this year.

Stewart saw his stock rise during his teams spring practice as a number of coaches came through to see the loaded Patterson team.

"Spring went really good," said the 5-foot-9, 195 defensive back. "A lot of schools came by to see us and we all did well. A lot of the coaches see that I am up to 195 pounds now and I actually got a little quicker too so they like that. Right now I have offers from Houston, Memphis, Southern Miss., Louisiana Lafayette and Louisiana Tech. I've also been talking a whole lot with Clemson, Arizona State and Arkansas and I think they may be close to offering too."

Now that school has wound down for Stewart's junior year he is heading back out to hot some more camps.

"I am leaving next week to go up to a camp at Clemson and after that I am heading down to one at Florida," said the talented defender. "I also think we are going to go by Tennessee sometime in the near future as well but not for a camp, just to stop by and talk to them."

Despite all the new attention Stewart still likes the first school to reach out to him, and after seeing the campus at one of Houston's first junior days and then making a return trip recently for the Nike camp held at the Cougars facilities, he lists them as his first choice right now.

"Right now Houston stands out to me the most," he said Sunday night. "That's who I talk with the most and that's who I have built a relationship with. I love it there with it being in the big city and everything I like it a lot. The campus is great and so are the coaches I have been talking to over there, coach (Jason) Phillips and coach (Kevin) Sumlin. I feel good about them and early playing time is really important to me. I think I would be able to get that there."

With the arrival of June and only a few months until the prep players don the pads again for the start of next season, Stewart says his decision is not far off.

"I definitely want to make a decision before the season starts but I don't know when just yet," he said. "Distance really doesn't matter to me and actually I really don't want to stay in state. Right now I would say my final three are Houston, Florida and Clemson."

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