Auburn Commitment Plans South Carolina Visit

The South Carolina Gamecocks are looking to upgrade their speed on offense this recruiting cycle and one wide receiver that could help with that is Leesville HS (Leesville, LA) standout and Auburn commitment Travante Stallworth. How interested is Stallworth in the Gamecocks? Read inside as has a full report on the shifty Louisiana prospect.

The 5'9", 180-pound Stallworth has been committed to Auburn since they discovered him at a prospect camp during the summer. A quarterback running the spread at Leesville HS, Stallworth was recruited to play wide receiver for the Tigers and planned to stick with them until the coaching change came.

"It was kind of shocking to me that coach resigned or got fired or whatever happened," Stallworth said. "So I just waited to see what Coach Chizik did, and he seems to be a pretty nice guy, but I still want to look around and see what other schools are out there."

Since Tuberville left Auburn, Stallworth has received verbal offers from Michigan, South Carolina, TCU, Michigan State and Louisiana Tech.

Stallworth plans to officially visit Michigan this weekend, and will officially visit South Carolina next weekend. Both programs told Stallworth they will give him written offers in person when he visits. After those visits, Stallworth will take his final official to Auburn the weekend of January 23.

Stallworth broke down his thoughts on the Michigan and South Carolina programs.

Michigan: " I just know they've got some great history up there. They've won a lot of football games; they have great academics there. I know that Coach Rodriguez is a great coach. They run the same offense that we do in high school, so I really wouldn't have to learn as much. They are a great program."

South Carolina: " They have a great coach in Coach Steve Spurrier. I was excited, Coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. came by to see me the other day and he's real excited about me. I know they have a history of putting a lot of receivers in the NFL. That program is really coming up so that's a real good program to look at."

The Gamecocks have a unique pitch for Stallworth and have explained to him how Kenny McKinley was a similar athlete, who played QB in high school, that Spurrier, Jr. molded into a soon-to-be NFL receiver.

"That's all Coach Spurrier, Jr. talks about that I remind him so much of Kenny" Stallworth said. "I watched the bowl game when they played Iowa and they used him a lot. They said that's how they want to use me. He's the record holder with receptions and yards and everything. He's going to the next level and still got a good degree. That was real exciting how they want to use me."

While the big-play athlete is very interested in hearing what Michigan and South Carolina have to say, he is still committed to Auburn at this time. A unique connection to new offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has helped the Tigers.

"I am still committed or whatever," Stallworth says. "Coach Malzahn is the new offensive coordinator as you know, he was at Tulsa and Tulsa was the first program to offer me. I know Coach Malzahn from then; I've talked to him a couple of times and learned how they want to use me in certain ways."

With signing day less than a month to go, and three visits to take, Stallworth says he could just wait as long as possible before making a decision.

"I'll probably just wait until signing day," Stallworth said. "I'll probably after the Auburn visit just sit down with my parents and talk about it. I'll probably make some lists with the things I did like and the things I didn't like about each program. I'll just make my decision from there."

Stallworth offered his opinion of what type of player he believes the team he signs with will be getting.

"Some people compare me to Percy Harvin," Stallworth said. "I'm quick and I'm fast, and I just like the ball in my hand. Kind of when the game is on the line I think I can be the guy to go win the game. I'm real strong, a strong person, not physically but mentally. I'm just excited about the opportunity I'm getting. God has blessed me with everything I'm doing right now."

Stallworth says even though he is committed to Auburn, that he is all even between Auburn, Michigan and South Carolina.

"It's all even right now; I can't lean one way or another," Stallworth said. "The only program I have seen is Auburn, but I'm excited about going to Michigan tomorrow, and I'm excited about South Carolina just to see what everybody is offering."

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