February 2, 2012

Best of 2013: ArDarius Stewart

BIRMINGHAM | TideSports.com traveled across the state of Alabama to locate the top prospects in the class of 2013 and find out what makes them so special. Fultondale High School may have the best athlete in the state in ArDarius Stewart who burnt defenses with both his arm and his legs, and for that, he makes our list.

Name: ArDarius Stewart
Position: Athlete
High School: Fultondale High School
Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 190 pounds

Considering: Committed to Alabama

Why he's a top prospect: Stewart is one of, if not the best athlete in the state. He's 6-foot-3 and fast as lightning. He wears orange cleats when he plays and says that it shows how fast he's running, but most of the time, they're just a blur. At quarterback, Stewart had 2,200 yards and 30 touchdowns rushing and 1,400 yards and 20 touchdowns passing as a junior. He helped lead Fultondale to a 10-win season last year and has high expectations for this upcoming year. He recently committed to the University of Alabama where he projects as a wide receiver or defensive back.

What he said: "We were down 21-6 going into halftime to North Sand Mountain, and I jumped into the end zone for the last touchdown to win the game. I was ecstatic. I was jumping around, hollering because I knew the game was over. During the game, I was focused. Everything is in slow motion when I get on the field."

On commitment to Alabama
"It's a dream come true. It's very special because I'm the first male in my family to accomplish this, and I believe my family is very excited and happy and proud of me right now. It's an honor to do it and represent my family well."

"They didn't mention a position. I just told them I want to be on the field. The rumors have been saying that I'm going to be a defensive back, but that's not totally true. They really don't know yet."

Coach's take: "He's very competitive. He has the will to win. He's not afraid to take whatever situation comes at him and try to make a positive out of it. He just that will to win, and I guess all the great athletes have that, that passion for the game."

"He's been the leader since his 10th grade year. He didn't say a lot vocally as a 10th grader, but he did with his actions. This year has been vocally. He'll look at them and tell them, 'let's pick it up.' He's going to be the first one to finish every sprint. Whatever he does, he's going to try to be the first one."
Fultondale head coach Keith Register

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.



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