Recruiting: Larenzo Stewart signs with juco

2014-03-18T18:50:00Z 2014-03-18T20:56:24Z Recruiting: Larenzo Stewart signs with jucoBy STEVEN M. SIPPLE / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Running back Larenzo Stewart, who signed with Nebraska in February, apparently could be an academic casualty and likely is bound for Iowa Western Community College, according to HuskerOnline.com.

The Reivers on Tuesday announced they officially signed the three-star player from Klein, Texas.

"Right around signing day (Nebraska assistant) Barney Cotton called me and asked if we'd be interested in a player and said (NU assistant) Ron Brown was recruiting him," IWCC head coach Scott Strohemeier told Husker Online.com. "Barney kind of contacted me first and gave me Ron's number, and the day after signing day I gave Ron a call and I went back and forth with Ron. Ron gave me (Stewart's) high school coach's info and I talked to him and we kind of worked it through."

Nebraska is about an hour from Iowa Western's campus in Council Bluffs.

Strohemeier said Stewart is not giving up hope that he'll make the necessary grades for Nebraska, but by signing with IWCC it helps him have all his bases covered.

Strohemeier said Stewart essentially would remain Nebraska's "property" and he and his staff would not put his information out to other schools over the next two years.

The 5-foot-6, 165-pound Stewart rushed for 3,200-plus yards during his career at Klein Oak High School. He was ranked as the No. 13 all-purpose back in the nation by 247 Sports and listed among the top 80 players in the state of Texas. He turned down offers from Baylor, Houston and Louisiana Tech.

He is one of two running back signees in Nebraska's scholarship class of 2014, along with Mikale Wilbon of Chicago.

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