Morgantown receiver Blaine Stewart officially announced his college decision over the weekend, committing to play college football at James Madison, a usual contender at the FCS level.

“James Madison is getting a fine young man to go play football. Blaine has always wanted to play football at the next level,” said Morgantown head coach John Bowers. “He had multiple opportunities in different capacities, whether it be a walk-on or an invited walk-on, but he got some scholarship money to go play football at James Madison.”

Some of those walk-on opportunities included Duke, Wake Forest, Ohio, William & Mary, Akron, and Richmond – but ultimately, James Madison was a chance for him to play on scholarship.

“Blaine and his mom and everybody that knows him are very encouraged about it and we’re going to be cheering for the Dukes for the next four years,” Bowers said.

Stewart, of course, is the son of former WVU head football coach the late-Bill Stewart. During his senior season with the Mohigans, Stewart had 41 catches for 612 yards and six touchdowns.

“James Madison is a great institution of higher-learning,” Bowers said. “He’s going to go play a little bit of football, but he’s also interested in the business side of what they do. He’s going to be a business major and James Madison is going to provide both opportunities.”

James Madison won the Division I-AA national championship back in 2004. The Dukes this past season went 7-4 under head coach Mickey Matthews.

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  • Charles Pugh III

    Congratulations! Great news, Blaine! It seems like "only yesterday" when I saw you, as a pre-schooler, playing on the floor at your Grandfather Blaine's house in New Martinsville. He was a great man just as his son( your dad ) was, your Uncle Ted is, and I have confidence you are becoming. God bless you, your wonderful mother, and all of your family!!!

  • Shawn Davis

    Congratulations Blaine!! As a former player of Bill Stewart many people are proud of your accomplishments!!!

  • David

    Say what you want about Bill Stewart as a coach, but you cannot deny he was an outstanding man of character. From what I hear, his son was embodies those same charcteristics.

    Good luck, Blaine. Continue the legacy!

  • Chalkdust

    Another fine young man slipping our reach.To bad he's not talented enough to play for our other state school.

  • Brian

    i'll bet one thing,....he's a 5-star recruit on character if he's Bill Stewarts kid.. best of luck to Blaine, JMU and the entire Stewart family...we need more state role models like this.

  • cutty77

    Boy he looks like a Young and Handsome Bill Stewart.He has That Bill Stewart Smile.I talked to Blaine at His Dads service.What a fine Young Man.I told him to never leave your WingMan,because you were His Wingman.