February 12, 2013

Is Stewart a possibility for MSU?

Quarterback Chance Stewart of Sturgis, High school is one of the top recruits in Michigan for the class of 2014. Could the 4-star prospect still be a possibility for Michigan State? SpartanMag.com has the latest details on his recruitment.

Last summer Stewart camped at Michigan State University and was one of the top performers at the event. Stewart showed good footwork, solid arm-strength and good mechanics. It was obvious by the attention he was getting that the Michigan Stat staff was very interest in him for the class of 2014.
SpartanMag.com's Jim Comparoni had the following to say About Stewart after watching him in 7 on 7:

"As for QBs who are on MSU's shopping list, Sturgis High School junior Chance Stewart showed off some arm talent. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound right-hander showed that he could deliver the ball with zip with a short release. He also showed touch in throwing over the linebacker and in front of the safeties on an intermediate toss for a TD over the middle."

Stewart recruitment by Michigan State never really got going though due to the fact that the following week Stewart was offered by Wisconsin and quickly jumped on the opportunity to play for the Badgers.

Fast forward 8-montsh and not only have the Badgers hired a new coach in Gary Anderson, but he also brought in junior college quarterback (Tanner McEvoy) to compete with the returning starters the Badgers had last year. Wisconsin had 3 different players start last season including freshman standout Joel Stave.

Coach Anderson has certainly been busy and the class of 2014 has not been his focus. We asked Stewart about his current status and his contact with the University of Wisconsin.

"I still consider myself committed to the University of Wisconsin," Stewart indicated. "I have not talked to Coach Anderson yet though."

The fact that Coach Anderson has not spoken with the 4-star quarterback is somewhat of a surprise considering Stewart is a high-level recruit from out of state. Obviously Coach Anderson has been very busy, but you also have to wonder if he is looking for a dual-threat type of quarterback like he had at Utah State this past year.

As far as Michigan State goes, we asked Stewart if he has heard from the Spartans and if things were to change where would they stand with him?

"I spoke with Michigan State and they said they are still interested. Coach Staten is my recruiter. If for some reason things chance I will keep all of my options open and Michigan State will be on my radar for sure."

One thing that Stewart is not doing is resting on his laurels. His has been working hard in the off-season and he plans on attend the Best of the Midwest Camp that will be held this coming weekend in Indiana. We asked him about his workouts.

"I have gained some weight and I am now around 6-foot-6, 220-pounds," Stewart said. "I train with my Quarterback Coach Evan Sharpley and my speed and agility coach Mr. Lioy."

Many Spartan fans will remember Sharpley starring for Marshall High School back in the early 2000's. Sharpley went on to play for Notre Dame and also spent some time playing minor league baseball as well.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Stewart in the coming weeks. We expect he will make a decision about opening his recruitment back up in the near future. If he does decide to look around you can be sure Head Coach Mark Dantonio will want to get Stewart on campus for an unofficial visit to sit down and learn more about the Spartan program.

Matt Dorsey's Take: To say I was somewhat shocked to hear that Coach Anderson has not reached out to Stewart is an understatement. This update may be what it takes to alert the Badgers staff that fact. Stewart is a player that would have plenty of options if he does become available.

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