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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
2014 ATH Truitt is hot commodity

By Mason Kelley

In December, Stanton Truitt (Monroe, Ga./Monroe Area) was waiting for the recruiting process to pick up.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete had recently landed his first offer. He was confident it would be the first of many.

Now, with almost 20 offers, the floodgates have opened for the 2014 prospect.

“It’s amazing,” Truitt said. “All the hard work is paying off. I’m definitely seeing a lot of attention from a lot of colleges, so that means a lot to me.”

Truitt said he felt the momentum building after he landed an offer from West Virginia. The next day he attended South Carolina’s junior day and he has received a steady stream of offers every since.

“After that, it was pretty much every week,” Truitt said.

He recently took a trip to Tennessee to watch the Volunteers’ first spring practice. And, on Monday, he received 102 letters in the mail from the program. A few weeks ago, he went to North Carolina State. He is trying to check out as many schools as he can before he starts to make any decisions.

“I’m just really taking visits every weekend that I can,” Truitt said. “I’m in track season right now, so it’s pretty hard, but any open weekend I have or open day during the week with my dad, I’ll try to take a visit.”

North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Kentucky are all still on his list of places to check out. He also wants to get to another school on the West Coast. He plans to attend camps at Florida and Tennessee, so he will be busy the rest of the spring and into the summer.

Back in February, Truitt attended Washington’s junior day. He is familiar with the program, and it is one of the West Coast schools he has high on his list.

“I really like Washington,” he said. “I have family in Seattle. I definitely like the coaches, coach (Justin) Wilcox, coach (Keith) Heyward. They’re definitely pretty cool dudes. We bonded.

“I’ve been to the campus. I pretty much have a good feel for the place. I really liked what I saw there.”

Like a lot of schools, the Huskies are recruiting him as an athlete. Florida, West Virginia and Wisconsin like him as a receiver, while South Carolina is the only school recruiting him strictly as a cornerback.

He is excited to have options and is doing everything he can to enjoy the process.

“I’m just pretty much soaking it all in,” he said. “I’m trying to take as many visits to see the academic side and also the atmosphere, so I know I’ll make the right decision.”