AU Recruit Fired Up About Malzahn Hire

Auburn verbal commitment Travante Stallworth discusses Auburn's decision to hire Gus Malzahn from Tulsa.

Leesville, La.--Travante Stallworth has been wondering who Gene Chizik would hire as Auburn's new offensive coordinator. On Sunday the wide receiver prospect got the news and he liked what he heard.

Actually, the Leesville High star loved what he heard.

"This is exciting news--very, very exciting," Stallworth tells Inside the Auburn Tigers after learning that Chizik has hired Tulsa offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn to coordinate the Auburn offense and coach the quarterbacks.

"A lot of people don't know this, but Tulsa recruited me," the Auburn verbal commitment says. "Coach Malzahn knows me because he recruited to play for Tulsa. He is a terrific coach and a really good person."

Stallworth says that he is pumped up that Malzahn will be calling plays and setting up the offense for the Tigers next season. Stallworth, who has been keeping his options open after getting interest from Michigan, says he feels better about his summer verbal commitment to the Tigers after first wondering who would be named head coach to replace Tommy Tuberville and then wondering who would be named offensive coordinator for Chizik.

"Tulsa's offense is exciting," says Stallworth, who notes that TCU, Michigan and South Carolina have been recruiting him, too. However, he says that he is still committed to Auburn and will take an official visit the third weekend in January.

Tulsa is averaging better than 47 points per game and is among the national leaders in total offense, passing offense and rushing offense, something that Stallworth is well aware of, says Stallworth, who played quarterback at Leesville but will move to receiver in college.

"Coach Malzahn does a very good job coaching his players and he does an excellent job of preparing his quarterbacks," Stallworth adds. "He knows a lot about offensive football. This is a really exciting hire."

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