Under the Radar: Mountain View DB Daquan Stewart
Posted June 25, 2011 5:09 am
Photo courtesy of Will Garlick/VirginiaPreps.com
FinestPreps has been hitting you with some of the nation’s top “under-the-radar” football talent recently.
We recently stumbled upon a player who might very well be the most overlooked player in his state.
Today we take another trip to the state of Virginia and take a look at a bone-rattling safety who is one of the hardest hitting players in the 2012 class.
This prospect’s junior year stats are absolutely mind boggling–96 tackles, eight forced fumbles, and one interception.
Who’s the bone-jarring safety who stopped Osbourn’s Dominique Terrell (Northwestern Region Offensive Player of the Year) dead in his tracks?
Check below for the full report from our very own Mike Curtis!
Every year, for one reason or another, there are always prospects that fly under the national radar.
Safety Daquan Stewart out of Mountain View High School (Stafford, Viriginia) certainly falls into that category for the 2012 recruiting class.
It’s definitely not because of a lack of talent.
The physical defensive back in an outstanding tackler, displays good form, and he always wraps up.
Stewart has a nose for the ball, covers ground quickly, and shows good acceleration.
Don’t let his size (5’10”, 170 lbs.) fool you because he’s a vicious hitter and he’ll lay you out.
He’s very instinctive and Daquan diagnoses plays quickly. He does a good job of reading, reacting, and flying to the football to make a play. The rising senior is tremendous in run support and always attacks the ball carrier.
He doesn’t allow many yards after contact either and when he gets ahold of you, you’re going down.
Stewart excels at coming up into the box and blitzing–he shoots through the gaps like a man on mission, usually generating tackles for loss.
Solid in pass coverage, Daquan exhibits good ball skills on his interceptions. He’s very rangy, shows good closing speed, and has decent hands.
The talented safety always seems to come up with big plays at critical moments for his team, whether it be an interception, tackle for loss, or forcing/recovering fumbles.
Simply put, Daquan Stewart is playmaker, period.
Like many seniors to be, he could use some time in the weight room to further fill out his frame.
He currently faces a lot of teams that primarily run the option, so he hasn’t had to defend the pass that much up to this point.
The skills are there–he just needs to get the reps and experience facing passing offenses.
Can he get that experience at the high school level or will he have to wait until he reaches college? Time will tell.
Stewart will be a menace on special teams from the moment he steps on campus. So return men need to keep their head on a swivel. That goes for blockers too or they will end up like the poor guy Daquan absolutely ran through on his highlight tape.
The VirginiaPreps.com All Northwest region team member currently only holds a scholarship offer from Temple University and he recently committed to the Owls.
His lead recruiter for the Owls was wide receivers and special teams coach Zach Smith.
Smith firmly established himself as one of the nation’s hottest young recruiters with Marshall University last season and has continued that trend by landing Stewart’s services.
Stewart has also drawn interest from schools such as West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Towson, Old Dominion, and Shepherd.
The talented safety will provide toughness and an aggressive style of play to Coach Addazio’s secondary.
Stewart hopes to be the next big time safety prospect to come out of Temple and follow in the footsteps of all-everything Jaiquawn Jarrett.
Stewart is reminiscent of Jarrett, in build and in talent level. Just like the second round NFL Draft pick for the Philadelphia Eagles–Stewart plans on leaving a lasting legacy on the Mid-American Conference.
Mike Curtis is a writer for FinestPreps.com. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the bone-rattling junior highlight tape of Daquan Stewart below–courtesy of VirginiaPreps.com!