December 20, 2010
Stewart raves about BC visit
Middletown (Conn.) Xavier linebacker Graham Stewart has been committed to Boston College since August. However, the 6-foot-1, 216-pounder has been continually recruited by Florida, Syracuse and others and has kept the door open to other visits. Did his official visit to BC this past weekend end all speculation?
"My visit went great," said Stewart. "I really had a good time and I felt very comfortable up there. I was really looking for that feeling and to see how I fit in with the other players and they are a great group of guys. I felt that I fit in really well with all the players, not only the linebackers, so overall it was a great visit."
Stewart was hosted on his official visit by linebacker Luke Kuechly, heady stuff for a high school prospect.
"To have the best linebacker in the country as your host is pretty cool," he said. "And the rest of the linebackers like Mark Herzlich, Kevin Pierre-Louis and the others are all really good people and great players. Luke is the nicest kid around, you would never know he's such a great football player and that he's the guy everyone in the country is watching. He's modest, down-to-earth and his demeanor off the field is so different than he is on the field."
Boston College has a tremendous recent tradition at linebacker, something Stewart is fully aware of.
"Herzlich, Kuechly, Mike McLaughoin, Pierre-Louis, I just hope I can live up to that at BC, I'd love to be the next one in line there," he said. "That's very exciting and I am feeling more and more confident in my decision to go to BC. Now they are recruiting the top linebackers from around the country and to be one of them is a big deal."
BC recently added four-star linebacker Steven Daniels to go alonge with Stewart, also a four-star, and three-stars Sean Duggan and Nick Lifka. Is that too many linebackers for Stewart in this class?
"No, it's not an issue for me," he said. "I want good competition because it will make me better and I want better players around so we can all push each other and win. They did say that Nick Lifka might end up being a fullback or something, but honestly it's not a problem. I'm curious about what position everyone will play because BC said I could play any of the three linebacker spots they have so that's good. The best players will find the field."
So is Stewart done with visits and looking around?
"Right now, right after my visit, I want to say I'm not taking any other official visits but I want it to sink in a little bit before I say that," he said. "Like I said I am becoming more and more confident in my decision to go to BC and I feel so comfortable and at home there. Syracuse is still recruiting me and Florida head coach Will Muschamp just sent me something in the mail, but I'm going to enjoy the quiet time over the next few weeks and talk everything over. But BC was great and things couldn't have gone better."
Stewart will play in the NUC All World Game in Charleston, S.C. on Dec. 31 and knows the recruiting process will continue when the dead period ends in mid January. Since he's not an early enrollee, he knows he'll have to either stop the calls and contact with other schools or take some other visits.
"That will be up to me," he said. "I have told everyone that I am committed to Boston College and now I can say I'm more confident that ever about that. But I know it probably won't stop. I'm going to let these feelings from this visit sink in and see if they are still there in a few weeks. I think they will be."
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