Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ka'Ra Stewart


Fr., DB, 5-10, 190, O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon HS)
(First name is pronounced KAY-rah) … Explosive athlete who made an impact on both sides of the ball, as well as in the return game at the prep level … Ranked by ESPN as the No. 13 overall prospect at any position in the state of Illinois, and also as the nation’s No. 26 safety … Played only one year at O’Fallon after transferring from Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, as his parents are in the Air Force  … Starred on both sides of the ball, as a defensive back and a running back … Won 1st-Team All-Conference honors at outside linebacker as a senior when he recorded 35 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries (one that he returned for a touchdown) and 2 interceptions … Also ran two kickoffs back for scores, while also rushing for 428 yards and 5 touchdowns as a senior (averaged a solid 10.44 yards per carry) … Was a 1st-Team All-League selection and a 2nd-Team All-State selection as a junior, with 62 tackles, 1 sack and 2 interceptions (both returned for touchdowns) … Has also excelled in track & field, where he has a career best triple jump of 43-feet, 11-inches … High school coach – Brandon Joggerst … Parents – Ka’Ra Stewart & Janice Davis … At Fork Union Military Academy, where he was for three years, he became an officer and was in charge of a hallway of 30 cadets … Lists cruising, video games and naptime as some hobbies outside of football … Plans to study pre-pharmacy at Mizzou … Chose Mizzou over Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Northwestern and Air Force, among others … Cites the family atmosphere in the football program and the campus lifestyle as major drawing points which attracted him to Mizzou.