5 things to know about Evan Stewart, the Oregon Ducks newest elite WR addition

The Oregon Ducks had done an incredibly good job bolstering their roster in the transfer portal this offseason, adding some key players like Dillon Gabriel, Dante Moore, Kobe Savage, and several others to an already loaded 2024 roster.

That was before they added WR Evan Stewart, the No. 2 rated transfer in the 2024 class, on Thursday night.

Stewart comes to Oregon as a former 5-star recruit from the class of 2022, where he was the No. 1 WR and No. 6 overall player in the nation. He racked up 91 catches for 1,163 yards and 6 touchdowns in his two years with the Texas A&M Aggies before entering the portal earlier this offseason, and now he comes to Eugene with two years of eligibility remaining and projects to be one of the starting receivers for the Ducks.

Stewart is an interesting player, and someone who Oregon fans should definitely learn more about. Here are the top things for the Ducks to know about their newest WR addition:

He Was the Top Transfer WR in 2024

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Not only was Evan Stewart the best wide receiver to enter the transfer portal this cycle, but he was the No. 2 overall rated player available this year, behind only Walter Nolen, a former teammate of his at Texas A&M. After Nolen committed to Ole Miss, Stewart took over as the top available player in the portal.

With the addition of Stewart, the Ducks now have commits from the No. 2 and No. 5 players in the portal this cycle.

He Was Part of History at Texas A&M

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The 2022 recruiting class at Texas A&M was a historic one, ranked as the highest-rated class in college football history with a total of eight 5-star players committing in total. Stewart was the second-highest-rated player in that class, ranked only behind Walter Nolen, again.

He Has Dealt With Some Injuries

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Injuries have been a bit of a factor in Stewart’s career thus far. He has missed seven games over the past two seasons, mostly dealing with an ankle injury. Once he announced his transfer from Texas A&M, Stewart put out a message to his future team hoping that they would be able to help him figure out both his physical and mental health going forward.

Under Dan Lanning, we’ve seen the medical staff at Oregon improve dramatically, so there should be some hope that Stewart can get healthy and stay healthy in Eugene. Right now, though, I’ve been told that there is some uncertainty when it comes to whether or not Stewart will be available to play in the spring season.

He's Not Camera-Shy

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Based on the research that I have done on Stewart, it’s pretty apparent that he is not camera-shy, and that it’s likely we will see a lot of him from a media standpoint in Eugene. Whether it was his decision to do long-form interviews during bye weeks, detailing his injury recovery and diving into his favorite music choices as a child, or his lamenting that he needs to get his “social media presence” back up and interact with fans a bit more, it’s clear that Stewart is a personality, and he’s willing to be in the spotlight.

He Had Issues with Texas A&M's NIL Program

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Stewart made headlines back in December by bringing up some potential flaws in Texas A&M’s name, image, and likeness programs, claiming that he never saw the money he expected.

It will likely never become public what Stewart is getting as far as NIL deals go in Eugene, but it’s pretty apparent that with Division Street, Oregon has a pretty solid NIL infrastructure that should be able to satisfy Stewart.

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire