Chance Stewart, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound quarterback, is headed to Western Michigan. (Special to Detroit News)
The Detroit News will profile one of its Blue Chip recruits every day leading up to the Feb. 5 National Signing Day. Today: No. 11 player Chance Stewart.
Sturgis, Mich. – While growing up in a small town with a population of 11,000 just north of the Indiana border, Chance Stewart learned quickly that there would be challenges for an athlete to experience any type of success.
Sturgis High School has won two football playoff games in its history. Its boys basketball program last won a state title (Class B) in 1945, and the baseball program won its only state title (Division 2) in 1999.
Stewart has played in all three sports since his freshman year and has achieved a great deal of success, individually and for the school.
Stewart is a 6-foot-6, 225-pound quarterback who is expected to sign with Western Michigan next Wednesday.
Before he entered high school, Stewart thought he would end up playing baseball in college, but the football coaches as Sturgis convinced him otherwise.
“That was the plan,” Stewart said. “Baseball was my sport. The (football) coaches sat me down with my dad, looked at film, and said football would be my best option if I wanted to play in college. From then on I put all my effort into it.”
Stewart throws in the mid-80s and also plays first base.
In basketball, a sport he calls “a hobby,” Stewart was named honorable mention all-state last season and he’s led Sturgis to three consecutive district titles.
In football, Sturgis started last season with a humiliating 55-0 loss to Portage Central, a team that would reach the Division 2 semifinals. Stewart and his team rebounded, won its next three games and qualified for the playoffs for just the seventh time in school history.
“Everyone took a deep breath after the opener,” Stewart said. “It’s a credit to the staff and the playoffs that we were able to regroup.”