Second Offensive Lineman In Two Days Joins Mountaineer Class Of 2020
On Sunday, West Virginia welcomed Jordan White to its growing group of offensive linemen in the 2020 class. On Monday, a double dip was completed with the commitment of junior college standout Tairiq Stewart, who made the expected choice of the Mountaineers.
Country Roads, Take Me Home❕
— Tairiq Stewart (@BigRiqq) December 16, 2019
A massive lineman who hails from Warrensville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, Stewart played the 2018 and 2019 seasons at ASA College in Brooklyn. He was a first team All-Northeast Conference selection as a sophomore, helping power the Avengers rushing attack to an average of 254 yards per game — the second-best total in the NJCAA this season. ASA complied an 8-2 record this year after going 5-3 in 2018, when it rang up 255 yards per contest on the ground.
Stewart, who did not redshirt while at ASA, will have three years in which to complete his final two seasons of eligibility. He is not expexted to graduate until this spring, and as such will be a summer enrollee at West Virginia.
Without question, Stewart’s greatest attribute is his raw power. He unleashes a very strong punch on his initial contact, and stays after his opponent until the play ends. If he records a pancake or knockdown, he gets his head on a swivel quickly to look for additional targets.
In the passing game, there’s attention to detail, as he emphasizes short, choppy steps to help him keep his balance. That will be a point of emphasis for him in Division I, where he won’t be able to simply overpower his opponents. He did get some work on that during his junior year, as even with its powerful running game the Avengers still threw the ball 236 times in conjunction with their 405 rushing attempts.
WVU coaches noted at multiple points this year that the Mountaineer offensive line was not physical enough, and the hope is that Stewart can help bolster that shortcoming and perhaps set that tone on the line over the next couple of seasons.
Stewart is the fifth offensive lineman and 17th player overall on the current WVU football commitment list. He had offers from Boise State, Tennessee, Maryland, Southern Mississippi, Toledo, San Jose State, Western Kentucky, FIU, Liberty, Old Dominion, UAB and UTSA addition to the Mountaineers.