For Stanton Truitt (Monroe, Ga./Monroe Area), winter vacation allowed for a few extra training sessions.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete was in Washington visiting UCLA linebacker commit Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue). It was a few days before Christmas, and Truitt was on the field with Jack and 2014 safety Bishard “Budda” Baker.
Baker, a member of the ESPN Watch List, pushed Truitt through defensive back and receiver drills.
“We got a lot of great work in,” Truitt said. “He was able to help me out a lot. We really respect each other after working together. We see each other’s talents. We’re going to work a lot more often now.”
The training session was good for Truitt because, while he projects to a cornerback or slot receiver at the next level, he spent his junior season playing quarterback.
Truitt is capable of doing a little bit of everything on the field, so he tries to keep his skills sharp so he can best benefit the Hurricanes, while he continues to work toward a future playing college football.
The extra work with Jack and Baker helped Truitt prepare for the Georgia Junior Bowl, which will be held at Grady Stadium in Atlanta on Dec. 31.
In addition to all the work he has put in, Truitt received some good news recently when Arizona State became the first program to offer him a scholarship.
“It feels great,” he said. “I’ve been working really hard for this opportunity and it’s finally here. It’s still kind of shocking to me. I’m still trying to figure out how this process goes. As long as I keep working hard, I know there’s more to come.”
While Truitt, who has also heard from Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Florida and Georgia, is still working to understand the recruiting process. He had a head start. When Jack was just starting the recruiting process, he invited Truitt to go on several unofficial visits with him.
“It helps me a lot, just learning from one of the best, one of the top athletes in the country,” he said. “I know what to look for, what schools are looking for.”
A lot has happened for Truitt recently. He is confident this is only the beginning.
“I’m still hungry for more offers,” he said. “I’m not going to stop until I have them all. That’s my goal.”