“My dad [Marvin Sr.] wanted to go [for] academics, so it was basically all about academics,” Stewart said. “It was just interesting to see all the schools on the academic side and what they have to offer and meet the dean of admissions and advisers and people like that and see what they had to say about the program and what they do academically.”
Stewart is undecided on a major but is interested in sports medicine. He had visited all the schools previously except for Virginia Tech. He intends to visit Maryland and Northwestern, the latter the most recent of his eight scholarship offers, at some point this spring.
Besides the schools mentioned above, Wake Forest and Old Dominion also have offered Stewart. He said there is a rumor that West Virginia has offered, but if so, he has not gotten that notification from the Mountaineers.
The 5-foot-11, 188-pound Stewart, named Virginia AAA Northern Region offensive player of the year last season after rushing for 1,842 yards and scoring 36 touchdowns, will face mostly the same teams next regular season. But come the playoffs, Yorktown will compete in new classification 6A North, with the largest schools in Northern Virginia.
“I’ve been wanting to do that since my sophomore year,” Stewart said. “I wish they had done it earlier.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 1.80
That’s the ERA of Ole Miss junior right-hander Bobby Wahl, the 2010 All-Met player of the year from West Springfield. Wahl is 6-0, and opponents are batting .213 against him. He ranks among the Southeastern Conference leaders in six pitching categories and is projected to be chosen in the first round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft June 6.
WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT: McDonald’s all-American girls’ basketball game (ESPN-U, 7 p.m.)
St. John’s senior guard Lindsay Allen, who has signed with Notre Dame, will compete for the East team in the 12th annual girls’ event to be played at the United Center in Chicago. The East coach is Oakton’s Fred Priester.