Detroit News Blue Chip countdown: No. 7 Kyonta Stallworth

David Goricki
The Detroit News

The Detroit News is counting down the top 15 players on its list of Blue Chip football recruits. Today: No. 7 Kyonta Stallworth of Detroit King.

Kyonta Stallworth can't wait to get to Michigan State so he can get some pancakes.

Sure, Stallworth no doubt enjoys eating. All you have to do is look at his size (6-foot-4, 270 pounds) to know that. But the pancakes we're talking about here is running over defenders from his offensive tackle spot.

Stallworth, ranked a four-star prospect by Scout and Rivals, enjoyed his senior season at Detroit King after transferring from St. Clair Shores South Lake. He helped the Crusaders reach the PSL title game, where they lost to Detroit Cass Tech.

"Overall, I feel I had a pretty good season," Stallworth said. "I came to King for personal reasons. I felt it was a better opportunity for my family and I since we live closer to King.

"I played both sides, tackle on offense and defensive end. My highlight definitely had to be the Cody game. After we scored (on game's first possession), I gave us some momentum with a big hit on their first play of the game -- just smashed the running back, which led to a three and out.

"I had six tackles that game, but offensively I played well too. I had a pile of pancakes."

Stallworth was recruited heavily, getting offers from several SEC schools, including Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. He wanted to stay close to home and play for the Spartans.

"I was always a Michigan State fan," said Stallworth, who had 27 tackles and four sacks in 2014. "I went to a camp there early in the (recruiting) process. The first time I went for a visit, between my sophomore and junior year, I knew I wanted to be a Spartan. I watched them practice and went up to Coach Dantonio and told him I wanted to play for him. I think he was surprised because it (commitment) came so early.

"I really like the players and the coaches there. I know I will be prepared to be a man and to get to the next level because I think I have a chance to play in the NFL."

Stallworth said he was offered by Dantonio as an offensive lineman and that he expects to play tackle or guard.

Stallworth said his agility is his biggest strength as an offensive lineman.

"I feel I can move well," Stallworth said. "I have good footwork so I can pull well."

Stallworth will be teammates again with King linebacker Tyriq Thompson, the No. 9 player on the Detroit News Blue Chip list. Thompson enrolled early at MSU.

Said Stallworth: "It's great because we'll be there for each other."


No. 7 Kyonta Stallworth, Detroit King (Michigan State)

No. 8. Tyson Smith, Orchard Lake St. Mary's (Michigan State)

No. 9 Tyriq Thompson, Detroit King (Michigan State)

No. 10 Grant Perry, Birmingham Brother Rice (Northwestern)

No. 11 Dior Johnson, Southfield (Wake Forest)

No. 12 Alex Grace, Saginaw Swan Valley (Western Michigan)

No. 13 John Keenoy, East Kentwood (Western Michigan)

No. 14 Cole Chewins, Clarkston (Michigan State)

No. 15 Mike Danna, Warren De La Salle (Central Michigan)