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Stewart is Tulane's 1st Pledge
Junior offensive guard Jason Stewart, a 6-foot-6, 330-pound monster of a man from local high school Warren Easton, decided to continue his career in New Orleans by committing to the Tulane Green Wave. Stewart's pledge is another indication that Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson and his staff are intent on mining the local area for many of their recruiting targets. In February, Johnson signed Darion Monroe, who had been a long-time Texas A&M commit until head coach Mike Sherman was released from his duties with the Aggies. Johnson gave Green Wave fans early excitement, too, with the signature of early-enrollee Jordan Batiste out of Lutcher. Neither Monroe - a product of East St. John in LaPlace (31 miles northwest of Tulane's campus) - nor Batiste (located 46 miles to the northwest) come from inside the city limits of the New Orleans but both are near the metro New Orleans area. Johnson and his staff of recruiters, headed up by Jason Rollins, Lionel Washington and David Johnson (head coach of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans last year), have extended a handful of pre-spring evaluation offers and Stewart was the first to take them up on it. "It feels great," said Stewart when asked about the Tulane commitment. "I can't wait to get there. Everybody around here is excited and feels like I made the right decision." Rollins, a holdover from Bob Toledo's staff who oversees the Green Wave secondary, was Stewart's recruiter. "I met with Coach Rollins on Monday and he said I had a full scholarship from Tulane," said Stewart. "I realized they really do want me. "Tulane has a great coaching staff. They seem like one big family. I'm glad that my family and friends are going to be able to come see me play here in the city." Despite a 4-6 record in the 2011 regular season, Warren Easton's ("Easton") rugged schedule paid dividends and the Eagles entered the Class 4A playoffs as the No. 26 seed. In the first round, Easton opened many eyes by giving seventh-seeded Edna Karr all the Cougars wanted in a 13-0 loss. Karr, having survived the scare from Easton in the postseason opener, won its next three playoff games and reached the state finals for the second straight year. Highlights of last season for Stewart and his teammates included a 22-6 road win over 5A playoff club St. Amant in week one, and a respectable 48-37 district loss to St. Augustine. When Easton played St. Aug, little did Stewart know that one of his future coaches at Tulane -- then-Purple Knights head coach David Johnson -- was calling the shots for the opposition. "Last season I had a ball," said Stewart, who claims surprising speed in the 40-yard dash. "I run a 5.1 to 5.2. I bench 340 pounds, squat over 500, and clean 275. I fire off the ball and stay low with good footwork. "I'm basically a great guy. I don't get in any trouble. I make an effort to stay out of trouble. I'm fun to be around, but it's a totally-different me off the field. "I'm totally different (off the field). It's like you unleash the beast when I'm on it." At this time of the year, every prospect firmly believes his school's upcoming football season won't come to an end until the state championship game at the Superdome, and Stewart is no different. "I plan for us to go all the way," he said. "If we work hard, we can make state. I want to help my team and will do whatever I can to show my teammates how to do things." Stewart opened the vast majority of holes last year for Easton senior RB Patrick Hill, one of the state's best sleeper prospects in the '12 class.
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