July 30, 2011

Stewart is a Cougar

The Houston Cougars continued to piece together their 2012 recruiting class on Saturday shortly after they finished their final summer camp before the season starts.

Shortly after competing and finishing up the camp Patterson (LA) cornerback Trevon Stewart informed the Cougars that he was in fact verbally committing to them. Shortly after he let CougarsDen know as well.

"I committed to them", said the 5-foot-9, 195 pound cornerback. "I have felt like committing for a couple weeks but I wanted to wait to see how it was to be coached by them before I committed."

Stewart shouldn't need a campus directory once he finally arrives as a student as today was his third trip to the school this year. He attended the Cougar's first junior day, came back early this summer for the Nike Camp held on campus and camped today at Houston's final summer camp.

With all of that in mind, what was it that finally convinced him that Houston was the place for him?

"Well, as I was bring recruited I noticed the coaches talked to my parents a lot too," said the talented defender. "I know we were all real close to us and if I had a problem I could go to the and they would listen so why wouldn't I want that for four years. I decided that's the place for me and that's where I want to go."

In addition to the personal attention of the staff, academics and the importance of it played a big part as well.

"To me football comes second," he said. "I have got to have a good relationship with everybody here even the academic counselor. The way Houston is with the city and the players and even the commitments because I have been talking with other players in the class, it made me feel good about myself and made me feel good about playing football here."

Stewart has talked with the defensive coaches about what is expected from the cornerbacks in Houston's 3-4 scheme and how important it is for the cornerbacks to be able to play on an island.

"I love that philosophy," said the dynamic athlete. "I like to be one on one on my side to be honest. I like playing man on man and helping support against the run as well. Talking with coach (Brian) Stewart and coach (Zach) Spavital I think I fit exactly what they are looking for."

One play that stood out for Stewart at Saturday's camp actually saw him get beat slightly off the line but he showed the wonderful make-up speed that makes him so valuable and ended up intercepting the pass. He talked some about the play afterwards.

"I actually knew the guy (receiver) and he was one of the best receivers out there," he said. "Everybody wanted to see us go against each other so we matched up. I am pretty physical at the line and new I needed to jam him so I could dictate which way he went. When the ball was snapped I jammed him and pushed him back a little but he slipped off the jam and I had to catch up to him. I knew if he went to the outside I would be ok breaking on it but if he went to the inside I still had the inside leverage. He happened to run a post and I jumped up and got the ball at it's highest point."

Stewart and his Patterson teammates are getting ready to open camp and will have some high expectations on them after making it to the 3A state championship game a year ago. Stewart is ready for the challenge.

"First of all we know what it is going to take this time," said the senior to be. "Last year we just worked hard and saw where it took us, this year we know what to expect going in and we aren't going to quit."

Last season Stewart totaled 110 tackles, three forced fumbles and three interceptions earning himself All-State honors as a defensive back in class 3A. This year he says he will play more offense as well.

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