Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks three-star, 6-foot-2 and 190-pound safety Keoni Stallworth is up to 10 offers after receiving two in-state offers since the season started - from San Jose State and Fresno State. The Spartans had been in contact with Stallworth since he attended a SJSU camp over the summer. The Spartans’ staff made the offer on his unofficial visit to SJSU.
“That was when they played Fresno State,” Stallworth said. “I got to go down on the field and watch the warm-ups and talk to the head coach. I was really impressed. They have great facilities, I like how the coaches interact with the players – it’s just a good environment. The crowd was going crazy, it was really good. The players were really hyped and their running back broke a record for rushing yards. It was really exciting.”
Defensive backs coach Donte Williams has been his primary recruiter throughout the process. Stallworth has enjoyed his recruitment with Williams since working with him at that camp.
“Coach Donte Williams, he is my primary recruiter,” Stallworth said. “He talks about how I would fit into their scheme. He told me he’s impressed with how I’ve been playing this season and they really want me to go there… He’s really high on his techniques. He actually helped me a lot with my technique. He knows a lot and he’s really detailed.”
San Jose State, as well as the other schools recruiting Stallworth, view him as a hybrid back. He is playing safety in high school and is likely where he will begin at the next level, but he could also be used as a nickel back.
Stallworth credits his athleticism, physicality, play-making ability, and versatility as his strengths on the field.
Several schools have taken notice of those strengths and offered him a scholarship. Those offers include Air Force, Army West Point, Fresno State, Navy, New Mexico, San Diego, San Jose State and Wyoming. He has also gained interest from the USC Trojans, UCLA Bruins, Stanford Cardinal, Washington State Cougars and Colorado Buffaloes.
So far, San Jose State and the service academies have stood out so far to Stallworth - he said prior to his most recent offer from Fresno State.
“With my offers, San Jose State is on the top and the military schools are on the top also,” Stallworth said. “How I communicate with those coaches, I have a good relationship with them.”
Of the three service academies, Navy has a particular connection as his older brother Jaaron Stallworth signed to Navy for basketball last spring.
“That’s an option,” Stallworth said.
Of the key factors for the school he picks, Stallworth said, “Academics - that’s a priority to me. I have a 4.13 GPA so academics is a main thing. Location also will be a big thing. And a program with a great staff and great football program.”
Stallworth plans to set his official visits after his high school season and has also been invited to play in the Polynesian All-American Bowl in Oceanside on Jan. 9.