OSU commitment Josh Stewart credits move to Texas for his development

The Denton Guyer standout relocated from Louisiana to Texas after Hurricane Katrina. He says leaving was bittersweet, but the increased focus on football in Texas helped him realize his potential.
BY BRANDON CHATMON Staff Writer bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: January 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm •  Published: January 29, 2011
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Without a tragedy, Josh Stewart wouldn't be where he is today.

The Oklahoma State commitment was relocated by Hurricane Katrina, leaving Louisiana and landing in Denton, Texas, as a seventh grader.

“It was a bittersweet deal,” said Stewart, who has been a standout at Denton (Texas) Guyer for the past three seasons. “I had to leave my friends, we lost a lot of stuff at home, but if I was down there I would not be where I am now.”

Just over five years later, he's poised to sign with OSU on Wednesday, fulfilling a dream of playing college football on a big stage.

And he credits his development as a player, in large part, to Texas high school football.

“It's not even close,” he said. “Football in Louisiana is nothing compared to Texas football. Everybody takes it way more serious, it's like college (football). There's a big difference.”

The support and focus on Denton Guyer football helped Stewart realize the potential he had.

“There are more people supporting you, more people wanting you to make it,” Stewart said. “(In Louisiana) there are fewer people helping you, out here (in Texas) everybody is on your side.

Stewart played several sports growing up but began focusing on football when he realized he could become a special player on the gridiron.

And he has.

“He's a fierce competitor,” Guyer coach John Walsh said. “I saw it as a seventh grader and it just grew as a senior in high school.



Josh Stewart

Height, Weight: 5-10, 163

Projected position: Receiver

Hometown: Denton, Texas

High school: Guyer

Notable: Switched from Texas A&M to Oklahoma State in early December. ... Also boasted offers from Boise State, Iowa, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Wake Forest and others. ... A three-star recruit on Rivals.com and Scout.com. ... High school teammate of quarterback J.W. Walsh and defensive end Jimmy Bean, who join Stewart on OSU's commitment list. ... played defensive back and receiver as a senior at Guyer.

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