Fresno State On WR Drake Stallworth's Short List

Drake Stallworth is the latest in a long line of high-profile college football prospects from the Folsom (Calif.) factory and now, Fresno State is making a dash at the rising 2017 wide receiver.

The Bulldogs became offer No. 11 for the 6-foot-2, 185-pound standout who already has offers from Mountain West rivals Air Force, Hawaii and Wyoming. Stallworth, though, said that Fresno State has now snuck into his list of favorites.

“Out of the offers I have received, a few schools that are at the top in no order are Nevada, Fresno State and Hawaii,” Stallworth said. “The conversations between me and the Fresno State offensive staff have all gone amazing. They are great coaches to talk to and are very personal.”

Stallworth singled out one coach in particular who has been instrumental in trying to lure the receiver to Bulldog Lane in Fresno: new wide receivers coach Burl Toler.

“He is a great guy,” Stallworth said of Toler. “He loves to be personal [with others] and almost feels like an older brother; just being young and upbeat with what is going on. He definitely knows what he is talking about and I'm glad I've had the opportunity to meet him.”

Stallworth said that some FS coaches had him on their radar early on, as the wide receiver received visits from the Bulldogs during the NCAA Spring Evaluation Period and watched his receiving skills during the 2015 and 2014 FS summer camps on campus.

Stallworth is known to be a big play mismatch against cornerbacks in the 916. He’s shown excellent concentration on his catches while being sandwiched between defensive backs and shows a quick burst after hauling in the reception. He not only pulls down the aerial lobs for the state powerhouse, but also shines as a ball-hawking playmaker at cornerback.

College coaches have mainly been preoccupied with watching his offensive game. Stallworth said one bonus about Fresno State’s offer is its deep history of standout wideouts.

“The rich tradition at wide receiver is very intriguing,” Stallworth said. “Watching Davante Adams go through Fresno State a few years ago was amazing and definitely caught my eye early on.”

Stallworth looks like a younger incarnation of Adams with his route running, ability to make the tough catches in double coverage, his speed after the catch and his effectiveness inside the red zone – four traits that turned Adams into a star wideout and future NFL Draft pick.

As Stallworth tackles his own recruiting period at a place that sent Jonah Williams (Alabama), Jake Browning (Washington), Sam Whitney (Boise State) and Jordan Richards (Stanford) to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level, he’s reached out to two former Bulldog standouts for guidance on how he should handle his process.

“Whitney and Tre Green (Cal Poly) are two players I have been reaching out to for advice,” Stallworth said.

There’s no timetable set for when he’ll make his verbal commitment, but Stallworth told Barkboard “I believe it will definitely be before National Signing Day.”

Until then, he hopes to bring a Sac Joaquin Section and CIF State title back to the place that he says has made an impact on him.

“Playing at Folsom High School has changed my life, both academically and athletically,” Stallworth said. “It has allowed me to excel on and off the field with the rich tradition of winning and excellence that Folsom brings every year, making me a better student and player. It has also opened me up to becoming a better person and leader because of who this program is surrounded by and the tremendous support they receive.”

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