Ability runs in Stewart family
Klein High School offensive lineman Chris Stewart is too good to be true. He's has the size, speed, grades, work ethic, attitude, common sense and gene pool that makes him one of the nation's top offensive line prospects.
Stewart is 6-foot-5, 330-pounds. His mother, Lusia, played for the 1976 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball team and is in the Mississippi Women's Hall of Fame for her extraordinary athletic career
His brother, Eddie, is a 7-footer who played basketball at TSU before his knees gave out. His twin sisters, Crystal and Christina, are equally successful in their own respects. Crystal has set school records at Ole Miss for the hammer thrown and discus all before her junior season. Christina will graduate from Milsaps College in pre-med and chemistry in three years.
Stewart is destined to be a success. He has a 4.9 grade-point-average and the physical tools that have Texas, Texas A&M, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, LSU and Notre Dame ready to pull the trigger on an offer.
"I'm keeping my options very open and going out of state is definitely an option," he said. "I'm a big Notre Dame fan and loved waking up on Saturday mornings to watch them."
He is ready for the recruiting process.
"I know the recruiting process is going to get intense. I've watched my brother and sisters get recruited and Mark (Ortmann) last season," he said. "I know what to expect because of the people close to me. I'll be able to deal with it during the season. I know I won't be committing because I want to see several campus meet coaching staffs, see what campus-life is like and what the graduation rates are like. That is very important to me."
While Stewart has the recruiting world by a string, he knows that there is work to be done over the next several months.
"I played with some injuries last season, so I'm trying to get healthy," he said. "I'm trying to drop 20-30 pounds and working in the weight room three days a week. I want to go to some camps this summer and learn about my position and what skills and techniques to make me a dominant player. I know I have a lot of work to do."
Stewart has also been star struck over the past several months and is soaking in the opportunity to get recruited.
"I'm staying humble with it," he said. "I'm not getting big-headed because I always know there's someone out there better than me. It's going to be a great experience.
"I went to my first college football game at Texas A&M last season," he said. "I was totally star struck. I sat on the 50-yardline, had the sideline pass and people telling me about the college. The Aggies were the first to contact me and my college first game. That was a great atmosphere. I got to go on the sideline and see Adrian Peterson. That was like wow, I've got some work to do."
At an early age, Stewart knew he was different. He wasn't allowed to play in the local little league because of his size and speed.
"I sort of knew early on that I was different," he said. "I was just so much bigger and faster than everyone else. They wouldn't let me play. It really hit me in middle school that I might do this in college."