by Lee Brecheen
November 9, 2011 – Every year in recruiting in Louisiana I will see about five to six Cornerbacks who are not big in height and weight for the DI level on film, but they look DI with all the other intangibles like speed, quickness, ball hawk all over the field, great hips, and high effort. Brandon Stewart from Evangel Christian is one of those players that stands 5-8 to 5-9 in height and weighs 160 pounds, but runs a legit 4.4/40 and has played a lot of football at many positions in high school.
I remember filming Brandon when he started as an Athlete at Byrd High School in Shreveport early in his career before he transferred over to Evangel Christian. That was three years ago, and this kid caught my eye on the radar of being a really good athlete.
In 2010 at Evangel Christian High School, Brandon played a lot of Running Back and Defensive Back, but in 2011 he’s mostly been a Cornerback. If he’s given the opportunity, I can see this kid playing for one of the DI programs in Louisiana like ULM of Monroe, LA Tech, Tulane, or some other program and being very competitive at that level once he gets there if that’s what he chooses to do in the end. I think his biggest strength besides his speed is his ability to stay with taller Wide Receivers and bigger players in main coverage making plays. He’s tough for a smaller player, and I never see him out of position when the ball is thrown.
At the end of the day you look at the average height of Cornerbacks in the NFL, and they mostly stand from 5-8 to 5-10 in height. If this kid goes to the right program, he’s got a chance to do some really good things for someone’s defense at either the DI or IAA level.
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I hope you enjoy Mark Clements’ Interview with Brandon Stewart below.
Interview by Mark Clements
LAFM: For starters, what’s your current height, weight and forty time?
BS: I’m 5’9”, I’m 160 pounds and a 4.4.
LAFM: Are you originally from Louisiana?
BS: Yes, Shreveport.
LAFM: Which teams did you root for growing up?
BS: My family went to black colleges, like Grambling and Southern and as I grew up I started to like LSU a lot.
LAFM: When did you first start playing football?
BS: I didn’t start playing football until about my fifth grade year.
LAFM: Has it always been a big part of your family? Have you had any family members who played football in the past?
BS: Actually, not really. There’s not really a lot of people who really played a lot. They did other things, but not really football.
LAFM: Do you play any other sports?
BS: I run track. I run the 4×1, the 100, 200 and the 4×2.
LAFM: Do you play any other positions?
BS: I also kick return too.
LAFM: Out of running back and cornerback, where do you see yourself being recruited?
BS: I really see myself playing cornerback. I like defense a lot, because you can stop it, but at the same time you can score as well but intercepting it and taking it to the house.
LAFM: Is there anyone in college or the Pros that you look up to or try to model your game after?
BS: Of course, No. 1 is Darrelle Revis. The focus and mentality that he has and owning his position is what he does. I like his footwork. He has great footwork for a cornerback and you need that to cover those receivers he has to cover.
LAFM: What do you think is your biggest strength as a player and what part of your game are you trying to improve upon most this season?
BS: My biggest strength so far is that I’ve learned a lot about the game so far. I’ve been studying and learning different things and just how to play the game. As far as what I want to work on, is just getting better on my technique every week and every game and just do the different things that I can do so I can better myself for the team.
LAFM: Have you been to any camps at this point? If so, which ones?
BS: I went to some camps this summer. I went to a Houston camp and went to a Baylor camp and that was about it.
LAFM: Have you heard from any coaches or received any offers?
BS: So far, I know I have one from Tulane and Southern Miss so far.
LAFM: Which schools stick out right now at the top of your list?
BS: I really like the Houston Cougars right now. I’m trying to wait it out and see what happens.
LAFM: Have you thought about what you might want to study in college?
BS: I don’t know exactly, but I know it’s something in the medical field. Maybe physical therapy or something like that.
LAFM: What are some goals you’ve set for next season, for yourself and for the team?
BS: As a team, our main goal is to win state. Individually, I don’t really focus too much on the stats, I just know I want to do everything in my power, whether its offense, defense or special teams, just to make a play for my team.
LAFM: Which school is your favorite to play against, or which game gets you the most fired up each year?
BS: The one game this year that really had me fired up was the Calvary game. It was a really big game and kind of a rivalry game.
LAFM: What are some of the most memorable games or plays you’ve been a part of?
BS: My most memorable game so far was last year in the Dome when we won state.
LAFM: And lastly can you give us your current GPA and ACT score?
BS: My ACT score is a 19 and my overall GPA right now is a 3.8.