Q&A: Tameka Stallworth

National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Sep 6, 2013

The mother of four-star South Lake (Mich.) junior offensive lineman Kyonta Stallworth sheds light on her son's recruitment including his misreported summer commitment to Michigan State, her recent visit to East Lansing and more.

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Was Friday your first time at MSU?
This was my second time. The first time was when I went with [former South Lake head] coach [Chanterius] Brock and it wasn't anything like it was this time. It was totally different.

What was different about it this time around?
There was more explained. It was just totally different. It was a different atmosphere. We got to know about the trophies and the locker room. We did a little walk through, but it wasn't anything like when we went with Coach Brock. They got more in-depth and talked more about the school and more about the academics and stuff like that.

I know there was mix-up in the Summer, where it came out that Kyonta had committed, but then he said he hadn't yet. From your perspective, what happened there?
I really don't know what happened. I just know that I kept getting a lot of phone calls and people kept telling me congratulations and saying that my son had committed. I guess he had said that his heart would most likely be at Michigan State and I guess someone misconstrued that he was going to commit. I know he did say, 'Mom, the way it's looking, this is the school I want to go to. This is where I would love to go.'

As a mother going through this process with him, what are some of the things you're looking for?
I basically just want what's best for him, but I also want him to have a degree in something. I want him to go to school that's going to offer him more academic opportunities. I'm looking at where he can get the best education.

How much of a difference does it make that Curtis Blackwell is there and there's a relationship with him?
That means a lot. That means a lot because Coach Blackwell and I have spoken about how I'm really into education and how he's going to be somewhere where he's going to get it. I want him to be somewhere where, at any moment, if he's having a bad day, he could have someone he can talk to. Because Kyonta is a very shy person. He doesn't like a lot of big crowds and sometimes, with me having medical conditions, sometimes he has a hard day or hard month. I feel like he's up there with his uncle because my cousin is Blackwell's best friend, so I knew Blackwell before he even worked for Michigan State. That makes me real comfortable and that makes my husband very comfortable also.

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