A question about the Cotton Bowl potentially propelling Josh Stewart into a big senior season at Oklahoma State took an unexpected turn.
Stewart instead floated the idea of forgoing his senior season and entering the NFL Draft.
“It is what it is,” Stewart said at Monday’s Cotton Bowl media day. “Whatever happens, I’ll make the best decision for me and what my future plans are and just pray about it and see what God has planned for me.”
Stewart, a 5-10, 185-pound slot receiver, currently leads the Cowboys with 52 catches for 623 yards and two touchdowns, following a breakout sophomore campaign where he tallied 101 catches for 1,210 yards and seven scores.
Stewart’s speed and shiftiness in the open field have also made him a special teams weapon this season, ranking fourth in the nation in punt return yards (18.2 yards per return) with two scores.
The slot receiver has certainly become a weapon in the NFL, most famously by Heritage Hall alum and Denver Broncos star Wes Welker. But Welker was not drafted out of Texas Tech. Neither was Danny Amendola, another Texas Tech product at that position who currently plays for the New England Patriots.
Other prominent slot receivers include Seattle’s Percy Harvin (first-round pick) and Green Bay’s Randall Cobb (second-round pick).
So what could prompt Stewart to leave OSU early?
Stewart’s backstory — which includes being raised by his grandparents after both parents died before he was 6 years old and relocating to Denton, Texas following Hurricane Katrina — has been well-documented. Stewart also has a 1-year-old son.
In the immediate future, though, Stewart is most concerned with Friday’s Cotton Bowl matchup against Missouri.
“I’m focused on this bowl game and getting this win,” Stewart said, “and then see where everything else goes.”