A year ago, Andrew Stewart was scratching the surface of his potential as a football player. Committed to becoming a college football prospect, Stewart has seen the growth in his game on and off the field but is now looking for college coaches to take notice.
First Star Football Report watched the Wilmington (Ohio) native at the Best of the Midwest last February and feels it’s only a matter of time college coaches notice the 6-foot-4, 260-pound offensive lineman’s potential.
Stewart talked about how much his game has changed over the past year.
“I feel I’ve grown a lot since my sophomore year,” said Stewart. “My sophomore year, I was benching like 185-pounds; now, I’m benching over 300-pounds. I also started working at Blockers Offensive Line Academy and understand the game more from a technique standpoint. I’m also studying the game more and have a better understanding of what I need to do to help make a play successful.”
After a solid showing in Indianapolis at the Best of the Midwest last winter, Stewart was looking forward to showing college coaches what he could do this past summer. However, like the rest of the world, Stewart saw Covid-19 stop his dreams of having a solid summer at college camps.
“I was pretty disappointed as I was looking forward to attending several summer camps,” he said. “Not a lot of schools know about me as I only attended a couple of camps after my sophomore year. But I knew I would show coaches how much my game had changed. Unfortunately, Covid hit ending those plans.”
My strength is knowing the game and knowing if there is a play where a guy beats me. I know how to make adjustments to keep it from happening again. But I need to improve my speed, and I’m working on that right now.
My dream school would be Michigan State,” he said. “I also like schools like Miami, Cincinnati, and Minnesota. I hope each of those programs takes the time to learn more about me in the coming months, and I hope to hear from other schools in the Mid-American Conference and Big Ten. Minnesota was part of a camp here in Wilmington two summers ago, and I had a chance to talk and work with Coach (Brian) Callahan, their offensive line coach. I liked him and felt he was doing some excellent stuff.”
Stewart will look to open more eyes next month when he returns to the Best of the Midwest with lofty goals.
“I’m very excited for the Best of the Midwest,” he continued. “I want to show what I’ve worked on to everybody. I’ve worked all offseason to get bigger, stronger, and faster, and I’ve been doing footwork every day; and because of the missed camps last summer, I feel this will give me a chance to get my name out and be called when they pull the best lineman to compete at the end of the camp.”
Recently, Stewart looked for help with his mobility and speed and started training away from his home base.
“I’m now going to Black Sheep Performance,” he said. “I feel it will benefit me a lot. Just walking in the door, it’s a whole different mindset from any other gym/workout place I’ve ever attended. I believe they have some of the best sports training around here and look forward to learning from Coach (Patrick) Coyne.”
To learn more about Andrew Stewart, make sure to watch his Junior Season HUDL highlights.