HOUSTON -- Kohl Stewart has already earned All-American honors in baseball. And Thursday, the ESPN 150 quarterback from Houston St. Pius X officially received that distinction for football, too, in front of family, friends, classmates and coaches as he accepted his game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.
Stewart, a Texas A&M commitment for both sports, was humbled by the honor.
"There are a lot of kids that are in my shoes that are better than I am and have worked harder than I have," Stewart said. "There are a lot of people around me that have helped me get where I am. I kind of just have to stay humble. It's fun to just kind of take it all in and thank the people in my family who have done what they have done for me."
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterback, who is ranked seventh among pocket passers nationally, has long been committed to the Aggies. He comes from a Texas A&M family -- his parents went there, while his older brother and sister are currently thre . He remembers well his first Aggieland experience -- a historic one in Texas A&M lore -- which came courtesy of a family friend and well-known Aggie, the late Paul Wahlberg. Wahlberg was a class of 1950 graduate for whom the Aggies' golf learning center is named and was a 1985 A&M Hall of Honor inductee.
"My first A&M memory was in 2002 when they beat Oklahoma," Stewart said. "We were sitting in Paul Wahlberg's seats who was a longtime donor who passed away a couple of years ago. He didn't want to go, because he thought we were going to get blown out. So we took his tickets and they ended up winning the game."
The decision about his future won't be so much about what school to go to -- he's solid to Texas A&M -- but rather whether to go to college and play football and baseball or pursue professional baseball. Stewart is a highly regarded pitcher and projects to be a high draft pick in the 2013 MLB draft.
Stewart said he's focusing on his senior year and isn't worried about making a decision on whether to head to College Station or pursue professional baseball until that time comes. But the magnitude of that decision isn't lost on the right-hander.
"That's a life-altering decision that I'm going to have to make when I'm young," Stewart said. "There's a lot of people around me that are going through everything we need to go through. God has a plan for me and whenever that time comes, he'll make that decision evident. Whatever I need to do, He's not going to make it too tough on me, I don't think. I can't complain for the opportunities that I have in the future. All I have to do is keep working and stay humble and do the job that I need to do to get to the level that I want to get to."
When Stewart makes the trip to Florida for the Under Armour All-America game, his head football coach, Blake Ware, will get that opportunity as well after being chosen as a coach in the game. Ware is honored to have the opportunity and said that Stewart is deserving of being selected for the game.
When Ware first arrived at St. Pius X when Stewart was a sophomore, he remembers being immediately impressed by Stewart's ability.
"I got hired here in the spring his sophomore year, and when I first started watching film to kind of see where we were going to go, he made a throw on a post that was probably about 45 yards down the field and it was on a rope," Ware said. "And I thought 'There can't be too many kids in America that can make that throw.' And that was confirmed as all the colleges started to come through.
"Beyond what he could do on the field he's a great kid. He's got a great family and they're great people and he's really in it for the team. He gets embarrassed by a lot of this pageantry that comes along with it because he wants it to be about the group, not just himself. But as far as his ability, he's very deserving, as far as who he is as a kid, he's unbelievably deserving."