Georgia speedster talks Vandy

Vanderbilt is in hot pursuit of Stanton Truitt, a multidimensional athlete from Monroe (Ga.) Area High School. The Commodore staff was one of the first to offer Truitt the week after National Signing Day in February. He has since taken a campus visit and kept in close contact with John Donovan, his recruiter.

Vanderbilt is in hot pursuit of Stanton Truitt, a multidimensional athlete from Monroe (Ga.) Area High School. The Commodore staff was one of the first to offer Truitt the week after National Signing Day in February. He has since taken a campus visit and kept in close contact with John Donovan, his recruiter. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound wide receiver/defensive back has become a highly sought-after prospect with 22 D-1 offers but is impressed with what he's learned about Vandy.

"Coach Donovan came by my high school last Wednesday," said Truitt. "It went well. I had just gone up there for a visit with my family to tour the facilities and talk more with the coaches two weeks ago. We just went for the day. It was the day before Vanderbilt had their Spring Game. The players I talked to seemed to have a real passion for the program and really liked being there. I loved talking with the strength and conditioning coaches. They've been getting a lot of talent out of Georgia. Some of the guys I know and have played against have committed there. It's a big movement with Coach Franklin and I think he's got the program going in the right direction.

"They like me at slot receiver. The coaches told me they like the speed I bring to the table and my elusiveness in the open field. They told me I could play on either side of the ball or on special teams. When I was on campus I sat with Coach Gattis and watched some film of players he has there now. He let me know how he thought I'd be able to contribute and help the team. He's a cool guy who's very passionate about the wide receivers he coaches. His coaching mentality is to make those guys better players before they leave."

Truitt played at Peachtree Ridge in Suwanee before he transferred to Monroe Area last year. As a junior he played quarterback for the Hurricanes in an option attack leading the team to a 12-2 record and berth in the Georgia Class AAAA state semi-finals. For his performance, Truitt was named Region 8/AAAA Athlete of the Year in 2012.

This spring Truitt has visited Arizona State, Auburn, Florida, N.C. State, South Carolina, and Tennessee in addition to Vanderbilt. Although he says he's not ready to commit, Truitt plans to thin the herd a little within the coming month.

"I'm thinking about narrowing my list to a top five by May 20th," he said. "I'm looking for a place with a great atmosphere. I want to feel like I'll bond with the team and transition well with the coaching philosophies. I want to feel like I'm at home when I'm on campus."

This season Truitt says the Hurricanes have another option at quarterback so he'll be able to move around and play a little on both sides of the ball. Many coaches will watch and see where they think he'll fit in best at the college level. Truitt reports a best time of 4.32 in the 40-yard dash.


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