Speedy Receiver Chooses Auburn

Speedy wide receiver Stanton Truitt made his decision on Wednesday, choosing the Auburn Tigers over Florida, North Carolina, UCLA and several other schools on Wednesday.

Monroe, Ga.--Just days after getting an offer from the Auburn Tigers following a visit to the Plains, three-star prospect Stanton Truitt made his decision as he chose Coach Gus Malzahn's program over North Carolina, Florida, UCLA, North Carolina State and Kentucky.

Being recruited as a wide receiver by the Tigers, the speedy Truitt will likely get his first look at the slot receiver position working with Coach Dameyune Craig. With better than 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash and a playmaker on offense, Truitt says everything about Auburn wound up being the perfect fit for him.

"After I visited there I sat down and weighed my options I knew it was Auburn," Truitt tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I loved the campus, the players, the coaches, and the offense of course. Those were the biggest things for me.

"When I sat down with my dad and put all of the options on the table from the schools we visited and looked at everything, by far Auburn was the best for me."

A 5-10, 180 speedster who plays quarterback in high school, Truitt carried the ball 139 times for 1,448 yards and scored 19 rushing touchdowns as a junior. He added 812 passing yards and nine touchdowns through the air.

Stanton Truitt

He won't be playing quarterback at Auburn however, but he will get to learn from a former Tiger quarterback in Craig. A standout on the Plains before playing professional football, Truitt says having the opportunity to learn from Craig is one of the biggest reasons he chose Auburn.

"Knowing that he'll be my position coach and is someone that has been recruiting me for a long time now is big for me," Truitt says. "To finally sit down face-to-face and talk about the game plan and how things would go at Auburn was important.

"Also with him playing there he knows the tradition and knows the area like the back of his hand. What I'm stepping into he's been through. He will show me how to be a man. I have looked at all the guys he's coached and got into the league. That speaks volumes as well."

Truitt becomes the second commitment in as many days for Auburn as he joins quarterback Sean White in choosing the Tigers. The Elite 11 MVP and a talented passer, Truitt says it's awesome to see how the class is shaping up heading into the fall.

"That's very exciting knowing that the pieces of the puzzle that are missing are going to be there," Truitt says. "I like how the class is building right now. This is going to be big."

Planning to graduate in December and enroll early at Auburn in January, Truitt says he's excited about what the future holds with the Tigers and he can't wait.

"I'm going there in January to make an impact," Truitt says. "I'm going to try to bring the program back to where it was. We're going to try to turn this thing around and get back on track."

Scout's Take:

National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons believes Auburn is getting a very versatile and talented player in Truitt and someone that works hard on and off the field.

"Stanton plays quarterback and he's the best athlete on his team," Simmons said. "They want to keep the ball in his hands. He's very dangerous and very shifty and quick. He's a kid that is very good in open space. He has that wiggle to make the first guy miss and get up the field.

"He has very quick quick feet and good hands," he added. "He's a very natural athlete that could have played corner for some teams and even free safety, but also running back and slot receiver. He's a good football player and also a good kid. He works hard and is very driven. He's a calm kid at quarterback and took his team deep into the playoffs last year. He's a good leader and a very good kid on and off the field."

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