Stewart also has a backstory and current situation that played a role in deciding to leave OSU early.
He was raised by his grandparents after both parents died before he was 6 years old, then relocated to Denton, Texas, following Hurricane Katrina. He also has a 1-year-old son.
“I will say it helped with my decision, definitely,” Stewart said. “But then again, it came down to what I wanted to do. This is just what I wanted for me and my family, and this is what I’m gonna go with.”
With Stewart’s early departure, OSU must now replace three of its top four receivers from 2013. Tracy Moore (51 catches, 738 yards, six touchdowns) and Charlie Moore (35 catches, 468 yards, five touchdowns) were seniors in 2013.
Likely candidates to replace Stewart in the slot and on punt returns include junior-college transfer Tyreek Hill, an elite speedster who can play receiver and running back, and David Glidden, a rising junior who filled who tallied 15 catches for 173 yards in 2013 and was the backup punt returner. Ra’Shaad Samples, a four-star recruit who redshirted in 2013, could also help.
But let’s circle back to the creative way Stewart made his NFL announcement.
After using more traditional methods to make his choice — such as conversations with his family, Cowboy coach Mike Gundy, receivers coach Kasey Dunn and strength and conditioning coordinator Rob Glass — he wanted to let his followers know.
Why was Instagram his social media platform of choice?
Because he no longer has Twitter or Facebook.
So Stewart got his buddy Kenny Howell to take three of Stewart’s best photos from his time in Stillwater and create a colorful, personalized way to express it’s time to move on to the next level.
“I’m not the one to make a decision and wish I had made a different one,” Stewart said. “I felt like this is the one I was gonna be all-in for, and I’m all-in and ready to make this NFL thing work out.”See this story on instagram.com