Tuesday, June 23, 2009

SC Top 25 player picks Vandy over South Carolina

Offensive lineman Logan Stewart of Boiling Springs (S.C.) High has committed to Vanderbilt.

The 6-foot-5, 278-pound Stewart, the No.23 player on our S.C. Top 25 Prospects List, was also offered by South Carolina—his other finalist—East Carolina, Air Force, Appalachian State, Western Carolina and Liberty.

Stewart had camped at Vandy over the weekend before making his decision in favor of the Commodores.

“It’s a good program and I just felt like I fit,” Stewart said a few minutes ago. “It just felt like home.”

He did say it was tough picking Vanderbilt over the Gamecocks, especially after Boiling Springs QB and good buddy Dylan Thompson had committed to South Carolina.

“We had hoped to play together, but it just didn’t happen, and he understands,” Stewart said. “It was a tough call, but Vandy just seemed right for me.”

Others weren’t as understanding; Stewart has heard from a number of people who were upset that he didn’t pick the Gamecocks.

“But I had to do what felt right,” he said.

The Commodores coaches said they could see him playing center, guard or tackle.

“I just want the position that will get me on the field the fastest,” Stewart said.

Stewart is perhaps the strongest player in the state, having bench-pressed 185 pounds 35 times. He was beginning to draw considerable notice from bigger schools.

“I was about to get a whole bunch more offers,” he said. “But I just wanted to get it settled and concentrate on my senior year.”

--Stan Olson

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