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July 6, 2013So much for a holiday weekend.
The Nebraska coaching staff continues to put in work on the recruiting trail over this Fourth of July weekend.
The Huskers picked up verbal commitments from Kansas City (Mo.) area wide receiver Monte Harrison and tight end Freedom Akinmoladun on Thursday night. On Friday the Big Red added another offensive skill player by landing a pledge from Klein (Texas) Oak all-purpose running back Larenzo Stewart.
News of Stewart's commitment broke just hours after Nebraska learned they lost a commitment from Grand Prairie (Texas) defensive back Jason Hall. With the addition of Stewart, it puts NU's commit number back up to 11 for the Class of 2014.
"I was thinking about committing to Nebraska for a long time," Stewart said. "I talked to my coach about it yesterday and he was telling me that if I feel strong about committing I should do it. I told him I wanted to commit, so he called Coach (Ron) Brown and started talking to him about it. Then I called him and I committed."
The 5-foot-6, 165 pound Stewart fits the style of running back NU is looking for in their 2014 signing class, as he rushed for 1,328 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, averaging 8.6 yards per carry.
Stewart's speed also shows up on the track, as he ran a personal best 10.45 second electronic mark in the 100 meter dash, and was part of a state champion 400 meter relay team that posted a time of 40.66 seconds this past spring. The state record in Nebraska is 41.40 seconds.
"(Nebraska) wants to use me at running back and in the slot to run reverses and sweeps and stuff like that," Stewart said. "Every time I get the ball all I think about is scoring and getting a first down for my team."
Stewart chose the Huskers over offers from Baylor, Houston and Louisiana Tech.
He has not visited Lincoln at this point, but is hoping to make it up in the near future. This summer the only football camp Stewart attended was Texas's, and he did not take part in a Rivals Camp Series event because of track commitments. As for distance, Stewart said "he wants to get out of Texas."
"(Nebraska) is trying to get me to come up there soon or during the season for an official visit," Stewart said. "I am not sure when I'm going to get up there."