NEW ORLEANS — It comes as a bit of an eyebrow raiser that Louisiana’s No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2017 has yet to receive an offer from LSU.
Brad Stewart, a four-star defensive back from McDonogh 35 High School (New Orleans), reports 12 offers, many of which come from SEC rivals.
The 6-foot, 193-pound cornerback doesn’t hold any grudges against the Tigers for not yet extending an offer, but he admitted it’s a bit puzzling.
“There’s been nothing, not much to talk about,” Stewart told SEC Country on Sunday at Nike’s “The Opening” regional camp in New Orleans.
“That’s about it. I can’t say too much on it. It’s kind of confusing, but I don’t let it go to my head. It always motivates me to play harder, but really, I’m just trying to play the game.”
Stewart visited LSU for its “Boys From The Boot” event in mid-February, and afterwards told SEC Country that even though he was interested in the in-state Tigers, he didn’t feel it was mutual.
That has contributed to the elite Louisiana defensive back considering a host of other SEC powers.
Florida, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are among the teams in contention to crack Stewart’s top seven, which he plans on finalizing sometime before the start of his senior season.
On Ole Miss: “They’re always dominant. They’ve always got a nice recruiting core coming in, and they always play in-conference games as one of the top (teams).”
On Florida: “That’s The Swamp. That’s ‘DBU.’ They’ve got a great coaching staff, and that defense …”
On Mississippi State: “They’re good in the recruiting process. They talk to me every day. I’ve got a great relationship with all of the coaches and Coach (Dan) Mullen. They talk to my parents. They just recruit hard.”
In two weeks, Stewart has plans to tour through the Sunshine State and make stops at Florida, Miami and Florida State.
The Gators, like Ole Miss and Mississippi State, appear to be out in front of Stewart’s recruitment at the moment, along with Oklahoma.
Stewart is wildly intrigued about the opportunity to play in the SEC — not just to possibly play against LSU, but because the aforementioned three schools are meeting his most important recruiting criteria.
“Really, it’s about the players, the coaching staff connecting with my family and somewhere where I can play as a freshman,” Stewart said. “Early playing time is important to me … All (those SEC schools) have a chance for sure.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.