Stallworth's Heart Leads Him To Auburn

Travante Stallworth talks recruiting and his commitment to Auburn.

Leesville, La.--A commitment to the Auburn Tigers since early last summer, wide receiver Travante Stallworth has visited Michigan and South Carolina in recent weeks and contemplated taking a trip to Mississippi State, but with signing day just a week away he tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he's done with recruiting and he's 100 percent an Auburn Tiger.

"Today I made my commitment to Auburn again," Stallworth says. "I'm going to attend school there in the fall. I had thought about it for a little bit because I had some great schools offering me and wanting me to come and get a great education, but I thought Auburn was the best place for me to go. I think it's just a fun place and I love the coaches they have now and they're real good people. I can see myself playing in that stadium too."

Auburn survived strong pitches from offensive-minded coaches in Rich Rodriguez and Steve Spurrier on official visits. Another offensive coach also tried to get Stallworth to take a trip, but in the end he says he was all Auburn and ready to put an end to things.

"Mississippi State wanted me to visit because of their situation and coach (Dan) Mullen coming in late, but I didn't want to take any more visits," Stallworth says. "I know it's a good school, but I thought Auburn was the best place for me.

"It's like a weight has been lifted off me," he adds. "Plenty of coaches have been calling me and it has been kind of stressful. I have been kind of going crazy a little bit because some coaches tell you what you want to hear to make you go there. It had my mind going different ways. People in school and the community were telling me to go places, but I had to follow my heart and tune everybody out and pick the best place for me."

Very familiar with Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn after being recruited by him while he was still at Tulsa, Stallworth says the offensive staff that Gene Chizik has assembled is one that he's excited about playing for at Auburn.

"They all came down today, coach Malzahn and coach (Trooper) Taylor and coach (Curtis) Luper," Stallworth says. "Coach Taylor is recruiting me so I had seen him once before. He's a real down to earth guy. I really like him. He's a family oriented person. That's what my mom was looking for in all the visits. She wanted a family person. Coach Taylor is a family-first person and I like him for that.

"Coach Luper, I like him also," he adds. "I haven't sat down and talked with him a lot. I have talked to him and my mom talked with him and she liked him. I just thought that was the best fit for me and the coaches and how I interact with them and everything."

A high school quarterback, Stallworth is expected to make the move to wide receiver at Auburn. Because of his history as a signal caller he has a pretty good eye for talent at the position and he notes he's excited about the additions of Tyrik Rollison and Clint Moseley in his signing class.

"Tyrik was down there with me on the visit," Stallworth says. "I had talked with him a time or two. I think it's going to be a big turnaround there at Auburn. No more 6-7 seasons or whatever, I think we're going to be pretty good this year and make a bowl game. We're trying to compete for a national championship."

When asked if Stallworth had a message for the Auburn fans he replied with two simple words.

"War Eagle!"


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