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Evan Stewart, nation's No. 5 WR and Oregon target, shuts down recruitment

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Following the commitment of four-star running back Byron Cardwell Monday, the Oregon Ducks have all-but-clinched the best recruiting class in the Pac-12 for the third year in a row. 

But it's never too early to go for the four-peat. 

The nation's No. 5 wide receiver in the 2022 recruiting class, Evan Stewart, announced he's shutting down his recruitment Monday afternoon but did not say which school he's decided on. But, if you like reading too much into emoji usage, he did use a green heart and a yellow handshake. 

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15 days prior he had tweeted, "My recruitment is still 100% open."

The 6-foot, 175-pound Frisco, Texas native would be an immense get for the Oregon Ducks who have rapidly rebuilt its wide receiver core with a dynamite 2021 class, but are always looking to add more talent. By composite ranking, he's rated as the nation's 40th-overall player and fifth-overall wideout with 247Sports evaluators ranking him 36th nationally and sixth positionally. 

Earlier this month on January 6, he unveiled a top-13 which included three frontrunners in Oregon, Alabama, and Texas, along with Oklahoma State, LSU, Notre Dame, Georgia, Texas Christian, Florida, Baylor, USC, Penn State and Texas A&M. 

 

Stewart received an Oregon offer on July 16th, 2020.

Last February, he ran a 10.74 seconds 100-meter dash and a 21.08 seconds 200-meter dash. During his junior high school football season last fall, he caught 46 balls for 913 yards and nine touchdowns. 

247Sports Midlands Region Recruiting Analyst Gabe Brooks projects Stewart as a Day 2 NFL Draft pick.

"Adequate-sized receiver with lean, athletic build. Can play from the outside and the slot," wrote Brooks. "Dangerous vertically and in run-after-catch scenarios. Explosive playmaking ability in the open field. Owner of one of the best track and field profiles in the 2022 class. Personal records include 10.74 100, 21.08 200, 24-6 long jump, and 47-9 triple jump. Athleticism translates to the gridiron. Gets on top of corners quickly and flashes runaway speed. Shows good acceleration. Quick-footed and should possess high ceiling as a route-runner. Springy in 50-50 situations and can go up and get it in traffic. Can more consistently leverage DB's into breaks. Filling out and getting stronger will help transition to facing high-major DB's, as a pass-catcher and a perimeter blocker. One of the top offensive prospects in Texas for 2022.

Could become an all-conference wideout at the P5 level with long-term early-round NFL Draft potential."

You can view his sophomore season highlights here