No matter how you feel about Javaris Steward, this much is certain: he is extraordinarily unpredictable.
On Friday, Steward announced his commitment to the University of Texas-San Antonio. It’s the third commitment the four-star linebacker and defensive end from Denton Ryan has made, following previous pledges to USC (for fewer than 24 hours!!) and UCLA. To borrow from the inimitable Sesame Street, something in this picture is not like the others, right?
However, there’s a very particular reason for Steward’s prior intransigence with his collegiate choices. He spent his first two seasons at Denton Ryan before moving to California for family reasons. His mother passed way while he was in California at Pomona High, and while USC and UCLA offered proximity to his temporary home, it couldn’t compare to his real home in the Dallas area, where he returned after the 2015-16 school year concluded.
To say that Steward is UTSA’s most significant football recruit is a profound understatement. The Roundrunners have existed at the FBS level for just five years. The school has had just one athlete selected in the NFL Draft in that time, with David Morgan II going to the Vikings in the sixth round. The Roadrunners have had just two winning seasons and have yet to play in a bowl.
Perhaps that will change with better recruiting and momentum from Steward’s rather seismic decision. While there will be natural skepticism about the likelihood that he sticks with his third pledge. For his part, Steward insists he’s really done this time and has no plans to investigate opportunities that don’t involve competing in the Alamodome.
“I’ve been hit up on Twitter by a few people who hope that I stick with this school this time,” Steward told the Denton Record-Chronicle. “I just didn’t feel comfortable [with USC or UCLA]. I think this is the right fit this time. I think I’m going to stick with it.”