"When most of the coaches from Houston left, I wanted to open my options back up and look at other schools," said Stewart in reference to Kevin Sumlin (Texas A&M) and Jason Phillips' (SMU) departures.
"I went on a visit to Louisiana Tech and enjoyed myself, but then again I started talking to the new coaches at Houston and it felt like the same connection I had with the old coaches. It felt like it couldn't get any better than that, so I had to go with Houston.
"The Houston fans made me feel wanted. They can't wait until they see me get down there on the field in Cougar Red. I've been over there a good 15-to-20 times, so there's no place like Houston to me. My parents love it down there, so it's like home.
"I talked to the coaches this morning after I faxed in my paper. They're real happy about me and the rest of the 2012 commits. We're ready to roll."
Patterson head coach Tommy Minton talked about Stewart.
"He has a lot of personality and is going to fit in well at Houston," said Minton. "They recruited him as an athlete - they're telling him DB and kick returner; I really like the ball in his hands.
"If you look at the number of touches he had this year, compared to the number of touchdowns he scored, it's a super ratio.
"Cornerbacks are so hard to find: cornerbacks who can cover and are physical enough to play the run. He can do all of that, so wherever they play him, he's going to be successful. He's a great athlete.
"He's got that 'it' factor the college coaches talk about as far as self-confidence."
Stewart was a two-time all-state selection in Class 3A. He collected nine interceptions during his career and scored 37 touchdowns (including six punt returns to paydirt). While primarily known as a defensive prospect, Stewart was named District Offensive MVP in 2011.