CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Morgantown senior wide receiver/defensive back Blaine Stewart will play college football at James Madison, in Harrisonburg, Va., he announced Monday night.
Stewart, the son of former West Virginia football Coach Bill Stewart, became the eighth member of the Class of 2013 from the state to accept a football scholarship to a FBS or FCS school. The Dukes are a perennial contender at the FCS level, formerly known as Division I-AA. James Madison won the I-AA national championship in 2004, and went 7-4 in 2012, when the Dukes fell to West Virginia at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
A Special Honorable Mention All-State player for the Mohigans in 2012, Stewart finished his prep career with 41 catches for 612 yards and six touchdowns in Morgantown's run-heavy offense. He had walk-on opportunities at Wake Forest, Duke, Ohio, Akron, Richmond and William & Mary, but ultimately accepted the opportunity to play on scholarship.
Stewart joins Kennedy Award winner Ryan Switzer (North Carolina), Dustin Crouser (Charlotte) and Jordan Clay (Air Force) of George Washington; Cedric Brown (Ohio) and Eugene German (Charlotte) of Martinsburg; Logan Cox of Parkersburg South (Akron) and Huff Award winner Elijah Wellman of Spring Valley (West Virginia) as a Division I scholarship player from the state's current class of seniors.