Three-Sport Star Closer To A Decision

A star on the gridiron, hardwood and baseball diamond, this speedster says he is almost ready to make a decision.

Warner Robins, Ga.--Talented multi-sport athlete Chansi Stuckey of Northside High School returned from a visit to Tennessee over the weekend and he says he is nearing the end of his recruiting process.

With only a trip remaining to Florida State for the weekend of Feb. 2, Stuckey tells Inside The Auburn Tigesr that he plans to make a decision following his trip to Tallahassee.

"I'm going to make my decision in about a week," Stuckey says. "I'm pretty open right now. First I'm going to visit Florida State."

One of the top athletes in the South this season, the 6-0, 170-pound Stuckey has more to think about than his future as a football player. Being recruited by schools such as Auburn, Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia, Clemson, LSU and Florida as both a wide receiver and a cornerback, Stuckey also has many of the same schools looking at him as a point guard in basketball. That is something he says will definitely weigh in his decision next week.

Having just returned from a trip to Knoxville, Stuckey says that the visit gave him a chance to spend time with a couple of former teammates. "It went great," he notes of the visit. "I just like the school and the tradition they have. Plus, I know a couple of guys up there."

One of the players he knows was his player host for the weekend,. former Northside teammate Jason Respert . The versatile speedster says it was good to spend time with him again.

Chansi Stuckey is an elusive football player with quick feet.

Still searching for the right fit, he says that Auburn is definitely in the picture for his services following his visit to the Plains the previous weekend. After leading Northside to a 12-2 record this season and a berth in the state championship game, many schools began giving Stuckey a more serious look in football. One of the teams that was already on the bandwagon was Auburn and defensive tackle coach Don Dunn, who recruits the Warner Robins area . That has allowed Stuckey to get a good feel for the program and its needs.

"They are a good team and their situation is pretty good," he says of the Tigers. "Then they really need a guard for their basketball team and that's why I'm really looking at them…that's a huge factor for me."

Having led his team to a 10-7 record on the season thus far on the hardwood, he is averaging 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists despite constant trapping and double teaming from opponents.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Stuckey had several huge games in the playoffs for Northside and head coach Conrad Nix, the father of former Auburn quarterback Patrick Nix. Leading his team to a 52-14 win over Coffee by passing for 92 yards and two touchdowns while adding another 97 yards on the ground on just nine carries, Stuckey served notice that Northside was a team to be reckoned with in 2001. Later in the playoffs he led Northside to a 35-6 win over Starr's Mill by rushing for 178 yards from his quarterback spot on a combination of option runs and scrambles...In the spring, Stuckey hits the baseball diamond and is a star in that sport, too.

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