Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Stallworth surprised by recent offers
By Tom VanHaaren
When he got off the phone with Florida head coach Will Muschamp, 2015 offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth (St. Clair Shores, Mich./South Lake) couldn't believe he just received an offer from the Gators.
It was the same feeling he got when UCLA extended an offer, and Stallworth is now realizing that he is slowly becoming a top prospect in his class.
"It was all a surprise to be honest. I was thinking this is unbelievable and I just have to thank God because it's a blessing," he said. "I never knew that I was going to be one of the best 2015 recruits. There is a lot of talented sophomores who don't even have offers, so I just have to stay focused and hopefully I'll pick up some more."
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman is well on his way to grabbing more offers and is sure to attract attention with his first two offers. Despite hearing from out of state programs, Stallworth still hasn't received much attention from Michigan or Michigan State.
"I was going up to visit Michigan State when they played Wisconsin in basketball," he said. "They said they were going to look at the film and get back to me, but they haven't yet. I love Michigan State, and they would be a top choice for me."
Stallworth has a tie to the Spartans that has drawn him to the program for a few years now. One of his favorite players, William Gholston, spent his time in East Lansing for the past four years and made an impact on Stallworth in his early playing days.
"William played at Southeastern and when I was playing little league I used to go up there and work with their coaches," he said. "I looked up to him a lot, and ever since then I looked into their academics and the medical studies they have."
Stallworth is still wide open in the process as he wants to work towards a few more offers from programs across the country. He says there is a chance he will be visiting Notre Dame and Northwestern the weekend of April 13, and is shooting to take some longer trips once school is out.
"I don't know if I'll make it to Notre Dame, but I think they might be close to offering, too," he said. "I'm probably going to go out to Florida and UCLA this summer, though. Me and my parents can plan it out and enjoy the atmosphere out there and see what the coaches are talking about."