Just got word from a recruiting source in Florida that Utah State has been in contact with a Miami Jackson High cornerback/athlete named Rashad Stewart and the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder with 4.5 speed will probably be among the final group of recruits Gary Andersen is bringing to Logan this weekend.
Stewart, Miami Herald reporter Larry Blustein said, is a “Versatile athlete who has played QB/WR/DB. A very good kid who can get it done it and was well coached.”
Also of note, Sunrise Piper defensive back Nevin Lawson will be on the same trip. Utah State was in on Lawson early, got a commitment and has held on to him despite the late recruitment from other programs.
Blustein described Lawson as a huge get for the Aggies.
“You guys stole a future play-on-Sunday player in Nevin Lawson from Sunrise Piper,” Blustein said. “The kid is absolutely a BCS player who flew way under the radar.”
Both players have the speed Andersen covets in his defensive backfield and might contribute right away, especially Lawson.
“Lawson is an athlete who has speed, strength and makes plays all over the field,” the Florida recruiting reporter said. “He is instinctive and gets it done against anyone in South Florida, which is home to some 250 Division 1 players in this class alone.”
As for Stewart, Blustein had similar praise.
“Stewart is another athlete who plays confident. He runs well, knows both sides of the field and has been coached extremely well in high school at Miami Jackson” Blustein said. “Both athletes are the type who come in and make a difference somewhere on that team.”
With recruiting season at its highest pitch, Utah State is still trying to find hidden gems and hold on to players it already has commitments from.
It’s going to be an interesting weekend with anywhere between 15 and 20 potential Aggies on campus.
The good news? Utah State is hosting San Jose State Saturday night for a basketball game. In the past, Andersen has said Stew Morrill, not to mention the 10,000 screaming Aggie fans that pack the Spectrum for every home game, is among his best recruiting tools and has sealed the deal on several recruits.