Stewart Talks About His ND Offer

Stewart plans to keep in touch with Haywood.

Arnaz Battle is still a big name around the Byrd in Shreveport, La. Jonathan Stewart would like to eventually have that kind of legacy.

As far as what college to attend, the 6-foot-3 ½, 225-pound standout linebacker will have a chance to follow in Battle's footsteps.

Last Thursday, Notre Dame stepped to the table and offered Jonathan Stewart a scholarship. He now reports 18 to his name from the likes of Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Georgia Tech, Arizona and Mississippi State.

Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Haywood left Stewart a message to call back at 2 p.m. so he could talk with Irish head coach Charlie Weis.

"Coach Weis just asked me if I'd be interested in Notre Dame and would I be interested if they wanted to offer me," Stewart said. "They offered me, and he was talking to me about the tradition and everything they have."

Stewart talked with Weis for roughly 10 minutes, and plans to keep in touch with Haywood at least once per week.

"They'll be up towards the top of my list because of tradition, history and the type of program they have, and they have the academics to go with it," Stewart said.

With that being said, Stewart claims no favorites at this juncture of the recruiting process.

"I really don't have a list as I continue to get offers, but I think by the middle of summer, sometime in June, I figure the offers will stop and I'll get it down to a lower number."

In helping the Yellow Jackets to a 9-3 record last fall, Stewart recorded 109 tackles, three sacks and one interception. The inside linebacker with 4.64 speed in the 40-yard dash (Nike Combine), earned All-District and All-City honors.

Haywood dropped by C.E. Byrd High during the evaluation period to watch Stewart practice in person.

Stewart would like to come by Notre Dame sometime.

"I don't know if I'll be able to go this summer, but if I were to visit it would be one of my official visits," Stewart said.

Stewart has never met Battle, but he'd like to get in touch with the San Francisco 49ers receiver some time soon.

"I'll attempt to," Stewart said. "I don't how successful I'll be with it.

"I'll try and talk to him about recruiting and everything that goes along with it."

And one day, Stewart hopes it will be him some young recruit from the Byrd is trying to reach.

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