The northwest area of the country is a much underrated area for football talent. One of the best running backs in the nation hails from the Evergreen State of Washington and this running back is Jonathan Stewart (5-10, 220, 4.5) from Olympia (Wash.) Timberline.
Stewart blew up the NIKE Camp held in Eugene this past June and walked away with the camp MVP award.
Being named MVP wasn’t anything new for Stewart as he was his League’s MVP as a junior after rushing for 2,600 yards and scoring 36 touchdowns. He was also an all-state selection as a junior.
Pound for pound, Stewart is one of the strongest running backs in the nation. He benches 360 and squats 575. Though he clocked a 4.5 at the NIKE Camp, his best 40 is 4.35.
Stewart has offers from Arizona, ASU, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Washington, and Duke. He has a current top four schools of Washington State, Oregon, Cal and Florida State.
The scouting report on Stewart is he’s a back who has great balance, vision and breakaway speed. He also has that burst that all the great ones have. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a running back destined for the D-I level.
Though Timberline doesn’t throw the football, Stewart is an every down back because he also has a good set of hands.
Is there a back that people say that Stewart reminds them of?
“People say that I remind them of Walter Payton,” Stewart said. “I don’t like when they do because Payton was really, really good and he performed that way on the highest level of competition.”