The nation’s highest ranked wide receiver, Frisco Liberty’s Evan Stewart, is done with high school football.
The five-star rookie announced on Tuesday that he would forgo the remainder of his senior season so he can prepare mentally and physically for the next level of his footballing career.
Stewart has only played three games this season. He missed two games and was expected to miss another one this week, for undisclosed reasons.
Liberty coach Matt Swinnea declined to comment on those previous games, and he would not comment on Tuesday. The sports department of Frisco ISD also declined to comment on Stewart.
It’s a big blow for a Liberty team who are 5-0 this season and ranked No.9 in the region in Class 5A. Stewart, ranked third best player in America in the 247Sports composite rankings, made 19 catches for 414 yards and three touchdowns in 2021 after catching 46 passes for 913 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior.
Stewart is not engaged but has 37 college offerings, including reigning national champion Alabama. He is the third Dallas-area football star to give up his senior season altogether or quit mid-season, joining five-star Southlake Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers (now at Ohio State) and running back. four-star Keller Timber Creek Emeka Megwa (now in Washington). Ewers and Megwa have already graduated so they can start college a year earlier.
The wave of early departures actually started before this season. One of the state’s top running backs, Texas four-star Jaydon Blue of Klein Cain announced in May that he was not going to be in his final season in high school so he could focus on training. .
Blue said in a Twitter post: âFootball is a brutal sport, and the wear and tear associated with RB’s position is undeniable. I intend to take this time to focus on my studies while improving my training / rehabilitation program off the field.
âThis is a strategic and conscious effort to ensure that I am ready to perform at an elite level in the collegiate standings during the 2022 season.â¦ It is one more step in the hope of one day make my NFL dreams come true.
Ewers left Carroll so he could start enjoying his name, image and likeness. The nation’s # 1 rookie has already announced a multi-year partnership with Dallas-based health drink company Holy Kombucha, signed a three-year $ 1.4 million NIL deal with GT Sports Marketing and signed with an auto dealership from the Columbus, Ohio area. .
UIL said state law prohibits agreements whereby a student-athlete would benefit from name, image and likeness prior to enrollment in a higher education institution. UIL rules would make the student ineligible in this case.
But now Stewart could start enjoying his fame off the pitch. He has 2.1 million followers on TikTok.
If Stewart didn’t run on the track in the spring, the state would lose one of its best athletes. Stewart won the Class 5A state titles in the long jump and the Liberty 4×400-meter relay team last season, and he was also state runner-up in the triple jump and the 4×200 relay.
Stewart contributed to the 54 points Liberty scored in winning the boys’ tag team state championship. He’s been nominated The morning news from Dallas‘Athlete of the Year in Boys’ Track and Field.
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