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October 18, 2011

Northwestern offers downstate athlete

Northwestern has offered athlete Ka'Ra Stewart from downstate O'Fallon (Ill.), according to Rivals Illinois recruiting expert Edgy Tim O'Halloran.

Stewart is a late bloomer who has become a hot recruiting commodity. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has picked up offers from Northwestern, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri over the last two weeks.

He transferred to O'Fallon this year after spending the previous three years at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy.

Stewart plays running back and safety for O'Fallon. His best attribute is his explosive speed, so he could play a variety of positions at the next level.

If he plays defense, he would project as a safety. However, with three safeties already committed in the Class of 2012, Northwestern is most likely recruiting Stewart as a running back.

Stewart starred at running back in the Panthers' win over Edwardsville last weekend, finishing with 11 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns, including a 92-yarder.

O'Fallon head Coach Brandon Joggerst told OrangeandBlueNews.com that he believes Stewart will be an asset no matter where he lines up in college.

"Ka'Ra can make a lot of plays," Joggerst said. "He is athletic and elusive. We just have to find ways to get him the ball. He has offers at running back, and some at safety. Ka'Ra is a prototypical athlete."

As for Stewart, he is just happy to get offers and doesn't care where he plays.

"Wherever a team needs me, that's where I'll play," Stewart said. "I play both ways, so it doesn't matter.

Log on to WildcatReport for more on Stewart.

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