The Texas Longhorns now sit in the top-five in recruiting classes for 2022. The commitment that pushed them over the top came late Thursday night, in four-star wide receiver Evan Stewart.
Via the 247Sports Composite, Stewart is the 40th ranked player in the nation in the class of 2022. In those same rankings, he’s the fifth-best wide receiver in the nation and the eighth-ranked player overall in the state of Texas.
In January Stewart announced his top-13 of Alabama, Baylor, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, and USC. Last night, he made things official, announcing he will be staying in Texas and became the latest commitment to Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns.
Stewart in his high school career has hauled in 89 receptions for 1,670 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a junior, he recorded 46 receptions for 913 yards and nine touchdowns.
There is still a long time until signing day, but the class of 2022 is lining up to be one of Texas’s bests in recent memory.
Name: Evan Stewart
Position: Wide Receiver
High School: Liberty
City, State: Frisco, TX
Three Best Traits
Experience - Stewart is a guy who has thrived in Liberty’s passing attack since he was a sophomore. He is used to the spotlight and big moments as he’s played two full seasons for the Redhawks. Stewart has also had the ability to be able to play from the slot and out wide.
Quick Feet - Stewart has crazy quick footwork that makes him a cut above a lot of the other top wide receiver talents in the nation. He uses his footwork to make people miss all the time if he can get the ball out in space.
Speed - Stewart is probably one of the fastest athletes in the 2022 class. Simple as that. He has lightning-quick speed that few defensive backs in the nation can match. He has the ability to take the top off of any defense. Stewart is a track star who holds personal bests of 10.74 in the 100-meter dash and 21.08 in the 200-meter dash. He’s a guy who if utilized correctly, is a weapon unlike any other Texas has possessed in a quite some time.
Areas of Improvement
More versatile route tree - Like many wide receivers making the leap to college, Stewart has a basic route tree. His skill set currently includes nine routes and screens. While his speed allows him to excel at these routes, he’ll have to showcase a lot more in the future. His quick footwork should make this process easy for him.
Size - Stewart stands at 6’0 175-pounds. The good news is he’s tall enough and he’s springy enough to come down with 50-50 balls. If he could just add a bit to his frame, for now at least 10-15 pounds, while not giving up any speed then Stewart will be able to add a lot to his game.
At his core Stewart is a speedster. He’s an electrifying playmaker who can make any defense look silly if you don’t prepare for his skill set. He’s a little raw, but under the right coaching staff, he could develop into a top-level wide receiver for the Sarkisian offense. Stewart can already take the top off of most defenses. If he can develop more of a route tree in the future, then Texas has a very dangerous weapon on their hands.
Texas’s offensive class of 2022 is looking as electric as Stewart looks on the field. The Longhorns have a five-star quarterback in Maalik Murphy, multiple four-star wide receivers in Stewart and Winfield, and a four-star running back in Jaydon Blue. All four of the above players mentioned are ranked in the top-80 nationally overall via the 247Sports Composite. The future of Texas with Steve Sarkisian appears to be glaringly bright.