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By Matt Osborne
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2015 defensive tackle prospect Cordarro Stoute recently picked up his first FBS offer, and it shouldn't be long before more are on their way.

If you weren’t a personal acquaintance with 2015 defensive tackle prospect Cordarro Stoute, you would have no idea that the young man is preparing to enter his final season of eligibility at the high school level.

Standing a chiseled six-foot-two, 275 pounds, Stoute is quite the imposing physical specimen when he dons the red and white of the Glynn Academy Red Terrors on Friday nights during the fall. His physique undoubtedly more closely resembles that of a player already competing at the collegiate level than that of a player striving to rack up college scholarships.

Utilizing his exceptional strength, which serves as a nice complement to his surprisingly quick lateral agility, Stoute developed into a consistently disruptive force for the Red Terrors as a junior, leading the defensive line in tackles.

“I try to lead by example for my team,” Stoute commented. “I try to make physical tackles and make plays by getting in the backfield, leading by example on the field.”

After becoming one of the most feared defensive presences in the region by the end of his junior campaign, Stoute turned his attention to attempting to find a home at the next level.

Stoute attended the Explosive Southern Pigskin Camp at Calvary Day High School in Savannah back in early March, where he was recognized as one of the top defensive linemen in attendance. He impressed his coaches, which included former Georgia defensive lineman Matt Storm, with his impressive strength and physicality.  

Following his performance at the camp, Stoute began to see the amount of interest he received from college programs increase. After waiting patiently for a little over a month, Stoute finally received his first scholarship offer from an FBS program.

“I got offered by Troy a couple of weeks ago,” said Stoute. “I'm really thankful for that. I know sometime during the summer I’ll be visiting Troy, I’m just not sure when.”

With his first offer now in the bag, Stoute has continued to receive steady interest from other programs in the region. Although his high school coaches handle the vast majority of the recruiting process for him, Stoute has been in frequent contact with the coaches at Auburn, Central Florida, Georgia and Georgia Southern, amongst others.

As Stoute continues to work hard on the field and in the weight room, he is also making a concerted effort to make sure that he is using his platform to help others.

All this week, Stoute has been working alongside some of his teammates at Glynn Academy to help host a youth football camp which benefits kids in the Brunswick area.

While Stoute is happy to have his first scholarship offer from a Troy, a school of which he speaks highly, he also is not quite ready to make his college decision. He will continue to wait and see how many other schools will throw their hats into the ring in an attempt to land one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the region.

At the end of the day, however, Stoute already knows what the biggest factor will be when it does come time for his college decision.

“I think distance; not being too far away from home,” Stoute remarked. “I don’t need to stay very close, but I’d like to be able to come back home.”

Typically, once a player picks up his first scholarship offer from an FBS program, it isn’t too long before numerous other schools fall in line and do the same.

As one of South Georgia’s hidden gems, it appears that we won’t have to wait much longer before we hear news of more schools aggressively attempting to land the services of Cordarro Stoute.

Matt Osborne - Matt Osborne currently serves as the director of recruiting and lead editor for Southern Pigskin. His work has been published in a number of national publications, including USA Today. Although he loves all levels of football, Matt's number one joy in his life is his relationship with Jesus Christ. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattOsborne200. For media requests, please email Matt at matt@southernpigskin.com.