One of the last remaining unsigned recruits in the 2014 basketball recruiting cycle is 4-star wing Elijah Stewart. And he has eyes for the Cincinnati Bearcats. As such, Mick Cronin brought him on an official visit over the weekend. Here’s pictorial evidence of that visit, courtesy of his uncle.
— Gregory Smith (@sprintcoachgreg) May 4, 2014
There you have Los Angeles native Elijah Stewart (far right) sitting next to associate head coach Larry Davis and head coach Mick Cronin, along with an unknown young man on the far left. It seems the UC coaches splurged for chips and salsa (always a fan favorite) and apparently the restaurant’s full inventory of water glasses. Mick Cronin doesn’t skimp on the small stuff.
As mentioned, Elijah Stewart is one of just a few prospects yet to commit to a school for the 2014 class. With two scholarships available and the need for an athletic wing to replace Shaq Thomas and Jermaine Sanders in the future, Mick is going hard after him. Stewart is a consensus 4-star recruit and ESPN’s 94th best prospect of this cycle. He has offers from Oklahoma State, USC, Boston College, Pitt, and Loyola Marymount. Stewart intends to visit all but the latter. While it seems the 6’5″ wing departing Cincinnati without giving his commitment would be bad news for the Bearcats, I wouldn’t be too sure. Given how long Stewart has waited to decide thus far, there’s nothing saying he’s not just doing his due diligence before making one of the most important decisions of his life.
For all intents and purposes, I’d say Cincinnati still has as good of a chance as any to ink him before this signing period ends on May 21st. That’s the optimist in me talking. Hopefully he’s not full of it.