Former Yorktown RB M.J. Stewart is a part of a trio of area recruits who enrolled early in college. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post).

M.J. Stewart / Yorktown / RB/ 6-0, 190

Jalen Tabor / Friendship Collegiate / DB/ 6-1, 190

D’Andre Payne / H.D. Woodson / DB/ 6-0, 191

As the nation’s biggest and brightest send off their National Letters of Intent today, a trio of two-time All-Mets — H.D. Woodson’s D’Andre Payne (Tennessee), Yorktown’s M.J. Stewart (North Carolina) and Friendship Collegiate’s Jalen Tabor (Florida) — are already settled in at their respective colleges.

The trio is a part of a growing trend of high school seniors graduating early and enrolling in college for the spring semester.

“I’m so glad I made this decision,” Stewart said in a Tuesday phone interview. “This entire experience is fun. I enjoy being the new face on campus again and meeting new people.”

Stewart, who started the morning with an 8 a.m. Spanish class, said he is taking full advantage of lifting and running in the winter workouts at Chapel Hill.

Tabor, meantime, was back at Friendship Collegiate on Wednesday morning, seated alongside 15 of his teammates, all of whom will sign their letters today.


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