2009 Prospect Stallworth Gaining Popularity

Auburn football recruit Travante Stallworth talks about the some new schools that have popped up on the radar.

Leesville, La.--For the players who had already committed to play football at Auburn, the last month has been a tough one to handle with the uncertainty surrounding the program.

Travante Stallworth says he has been no exception, but on Monday the future of Auburn football began to come into focus with the hiring of a new head coach.

That's when Gene Chizik was announced as Auburn's new head coach. Coming from Iowa State and a former assistant at Auburn and Texas, Chizik is still an unknown quantity to many of the recruits such as Stallworth, but he says it's nice to get the uncertainty over with and move forward.

"I haven't really thought much about the hiring," Stallworth tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm glad they got somebody. That's really all.

"I don't know much about him right now," he adds. "That's not a concern. I don't know much about him so I can't really say a lot."

With Auburn's coaching situation in limbo for the last two weeks it has allowed other schools to get into the mix with the high school senior. He says while he's looking at other colleges he says there is no reason to back off his previous plans to play for the Tigers as a wide receiver.

"I'm still committed," Stallworth says. "I'm looking at Michigan, TCU and South Carolina. I don't have any offers from them, but all say they are planning on offering as a wide receiver and Michigan plans on playing me at quarterback some."

It's not a surprise that the interest from other schools directly coincided with Auburn's struggles down the stretch and the eventual end of the Tommy Tuberville Era with the Tigers.

"Michigan started calling me probably a week or two ago," Stallworth says. "South Carolina called me Tuesday."

With new schools in the mix and Auburn just beginning to put together a new coaching staff, Stallworth says he will take his time on making a final decision on his college destination.

"I'm going to wait and see who he hires as an offensive coordinator," Stallworth says. "I want to see what kind of offense they're going to run."

Stallworth says he's beginning to set up his official visits with the schools on his list, but is only sure of one trip at the moment.

"I'm going to Michigan on Jan. 9," Stallworth says. "Probably the week after I'll take my visit to Auburn. Hopefully, it will still be that weekend. Then South Carolina said they are going to come and see me and will set up a visit sometime in January. TCU wants me to visit sometime in January." He says if he doesn't go to Auburn on the 16th, South Carolina is his likely destination that weekend.

As a senior quarterback Stallworth threw for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns and added 546 yards and 14 scores on the ground. He was a standout at an Auburn summer camp and got offered a scholarship soon after that and said yes to the Tigers.


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