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Georgia Tech Football Recruiting: WR Brad Stewart is Commitment #27

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Only hours after his reported grayshirt offer was confirmed to be a full scholarship offer, WR Brad Stewart made it official and committed to Georgia Tech.

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After shining bright in the state playoffs this past fall, Brad Stewart garnered the attention of the Georgia Tech staff, among others. The Benedictine Military School wide receiver took to Twitter earlier to make his announcement:

Stewart was the 2014 Class AA Player of the Year in the state of Georgia and turned a lot of heads with what was dubbed "The Catch" when he leaped over Tennessee commit Micah Abernathy for a long touchdown early in the state championship game (which Benedictine would go on to win):

That Stewart was found so late made things complicated for Georgia Tech. He was recruited by Coach Johnson, although it was determined that a scholarship was not available given who was left on the board at that time. That led Coach Johnson to offer Stewart a "grayshirt" -- effectively offering a preferred walk-on (PWO) spot for this fall, and guaranteeing Stewart the first scholarship to come open, either in January 2016 or any time before resulting from attrition. It would seem that situation changed earlier on Tuesday, as Johnson reportedly changed Stewart's offer to a full scholarship offer. He becomes the 27th commitment in the class just a day before National Signing Day, choosing Georgia Tech over offers from Yale, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, and others, although he had been drawing Power-5 level schools' interest in the last 6 weeks.

Stewart played both ways in high school (and returned kicks to boot), but excelled on offense. Though listed at only 6'1", 190lbs, Stewart's film shows a major knack for playing physically and going over defenders to catch passes. His instincts are similar to those of recently departed Yellow Jacket DeAndre Smelter, who had a similar ability to go up into the air and catch the ball at the highest possible point. Stewart also displays solid ball skills and speed to go along with his physical nature.

Stewart is a 5.5-rated three-star prospect per Rivals and the 247Sports Composite rankings (.8517).

Congratulations to Brad and the coaching staff!