February 11, 2008

Most underrated signee?

When asked which 2008 signee they felt was the most underrated, Colorado fans voiced their opinions on the Stampede Elite message board.

The name that came up more than any other was Rodney Stewart.

The 5-foot-8, 180-pound speedster from Columbus (Ohio) Brookhaven was not even on the Buffaloes' radar until days before he signed his letter of intent.

"Colorado started showing interest as soon as they heard about me and saw my film, they didn't know about me until a week before signing day," said Stewart. "Before that I was just being recruited by MAC schools (including Akron, Eastern Michigan and Toledo)."

Stewart took an official visit to Colorado the weekend of February 1st. His player host was Brian Lockridge.

"The people out there is what really made Colorado stand out," he expressed. "The mountains, the weather, I just liked everything about it. It's pretty out there. I committed on the visit."

Stewart is anxious to head out to Boulder this summer with friend and fellow Ohio prepster Doug Rippy, who also made his commitment to the Buffaloes official last Wednesday.

Stewart has been playing football since he was five. His first coach gave him the nickname "Speedy" and it stuck. He has legit 4.4-forty speed and has clocked in at 10.7 seconds in the 100-meter dash.

As a senior at Brookhaven, Stewart averaged 10.8 yards per carry. He returned a punt for a score.

"Rodney brings instant credibility to our return game," Colorado running backs coach Darian Hagan said on signing day. "He is going to be a fan favorite here, he's lighting in a bottle. He's fast and he runs with power for his size. I definitely think he is going to start in our return game immediately. I see him doing some great things here and really being a fun player to watch."

Academically, Stewart maintains a 3.0 grade point average. He plans to study accounting at CU.

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