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Utes target 2015 DB Jihree Stewart, brother of Dres Anderson

Jihree Stewart will always be fundamentally at odds with his brother when it comes to one crucial issue.

His brother, Utah receiver Dres Anderson, is a believer in offense, that perfect coordination of events that results in big gains and touchdowns. But Stewart, a three-star defensive back out of Centennial High in Corona, Calif., would rather see it all fall apart.

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"I guess I like being a dream-killer," Stewart said. "I like it when everything goes bad."

That mentality is just one of the things that has made the 2015 prospect an in-demand recruit so far. He's pulled in about a dozen offers so far, including Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Colorado and Boise State.

But a recent offer from Utah has Stewart wondering: Should he follow in his brother's footsteps?

After offering Stewart last week, the Utes could be in position to make a run at Anderson's little brother. A 1000-yard receiver at Utah last year, Anderson's success has not escaped Stewart's attention.

"I've been up to Utah plenty of times," he said. "I like the fans, and I can see that they just have a great fanbase that loves the Utes and my brother. Utah is definitely in the picture."

Out in Salt Lake City, he might be Dres' little brother, but in California, Stewart is making his own name for himself. He's drawing attention as a corner or safety prospect after two strong seasons for the Huskies.

But the pressure isn't on yet to make a quick decision. Stewart, an aspiring business major, said he plans on evaluating each school and perhaps trimming his list soon. Anderson hasn't lobbied too hard for the Utes - he'd like to see him wear red, but ultimately he wants his brother to go to the school that's best for him, Stewart said.

That hasn't prevented Anderson from giving him advice on the field.

"He's always giving me tips, telling me what receivers do," he said. "He just wants to help me."

Stewart certainly isn't the only defensive back the Utes are after for the 2015 class, but his recruiting could be intriguing. The Utes are going up against some of the biggest Pac-12 programs, and have a chance.

"They just like the way I play and my instincts," Stewart said. "They said, 'Well, we have a guy who can play, and the family ties are just a bonus.'"

Kyle Goon

kgoon@sltrib.com

Twitter: @kylegoon



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