In a moment many Texas Longhorns fans have spent the last two years anticipating, Texas A&M Aggies sophomore wide receiver Evan Stewart entered the NCAA transfer portal on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
The intense interest in Stewart from the burnt orange faithful isn’t just about the traditional rivalry between the Aggies and the Longhorns — the 6’0, 175-pounder originally committed to Texas in Feb. 2021, one of the high points of the early Steve Sarkisian era. But the excitement of Stewart’s potential to star on the Forty Acres took an ultimately fatal blow when he decommitted less than a month later. The Longhorns remained in the mix for a rare recommitment, including hosting Stewart on an official visit and an unofficial visit during the 2021 season, but the Frisco Liberty product pledged to the Aggies and signed with Texas A&M on Early Signing Day.
After finishing the cycle as a consensus five-star prospect ranked as the No. 11 player nationally and the No. 2 wide receiver, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Stewart largely lived up the hype in College Station despite A&M battling injuries at quarterback over the last two seasons.
In total, Stewart caught 91 passes for 1.163 yards and six touchdowns at A&M.
The intrigue with Stewart peaked in the summer of 2021 before his career in maroon and white even started when then-Texas wide receiver commit Johntay Cook was filmed telling Stewart that he was going to end up in the transfer portal and playing with Cook at Texas in addition to lambasting Jimbo Fisher’s offense.
Well, you can say Johntay Cook isnt a huge fan of Jimbo’s offense pic.twitter.com/9ablpwBEoy— 12 win Sark (@hookemcowboys) July 6, 2022
Now Cook’s prophecy has a chance to come true, but it’s not yet clear whether there’s any mutual interest between Stewart and Texas with the Longhorns set to sign a strong high school class and add Houston transfer Matthew Golden.
Cook certainly took notice of the decision, though.