Truitt Ready To Be A Tiger

Stanton Truitt talks about his official visit to Auburn and possibly starting practice with the Tigers next week.

Monroe, Ga.--For Auburn wide receiver commitment Stanton Truitt this weekend's official visit to the Plains was just a formality.

Getting ready to enroll in January and preparing to practice with the team as it prepares for the BCS National Championship Game, Truitt said that his weekend was the perfect ending to his recruiting process and his senior year.

"It was great to get to bond with the players and for them to get to know me before I come in was probably the big thing that I was worried about," Truitt said. "I'm pretty comfortable now just getting the education part done, classes, everything that is ahead of me in January."

Expected to play wide receiver and possibly the wildcat position for the Tigers, Truitt was a standout at quarterback in Monroe, Ga., and had a huge senior season. Directing the offense, he carried the ball 130 times for 1,588 yards and 25 touchdowns. He added 13 passing touchdowns with only two interceptions in 2013.

His position coach at Auburn will be Dameyune Craig, the guy responsible for recruiting many of Florida State's top players including Heisman winner Jameis Winston. Watching last night's ceremony with Tre Mason there as well, Truitt noted it was neat to see his coach getting called out for making an impact on one of his former players.

"A lot of the players and coaches came together as well as recruits that were on their officials," Truitt said. "We sat down and watched it. It was pretty neat.

"It was pretty big," he adds of Winston's shout out to Craig. "Coach Craig is stressing that all those guys still talk to him and look up to him and still have a great relationship with him. That's what I want in my position coach. I want to be able to talk to him when I'm gone. That was pretty neat."

As an early graduate, Truitt as well as fellow early graduate commitment Chris Laye could be able to practice with Auburn while the team is on campus before heading to Pasadena. That's something he says is exciting for him to get an early start on his career.

"I might be able to practice for the bowl," Truitt said. "Right now, I'm discussing it with my dad. It seems like we're probably going to do it, though.

"It would be really big, just to see how practice goes before spring," he adds. "And just get up with the players and learn things that I need to know early. That would be pretty fun."

Finishing up his high school classes this coming week, Truitt said it's still hard to imagine that he will be a college athlete soon. That can be a tough transition for many guys, but for someone that has visited Auburn as much as he has and already built relationships, he believes it will be smooth for him.

"It helps to be able to text players and see how they feel about it, the freshmen who came in and have a semester under their belt and a season under their belt," Truitt notes. "For them to help me and talk to me, that helps me out a lot. It helps me know I'll be fine."

Hoping to help his future teammates prepare for the BCS National Championship Game right away, Truitt said hs is confident the Tigers are going to bring home the title.

"I love them," he says of Auburn's chances. "I don't think we're going to lose."

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