Did OSU Hit Home Run With Stanford?

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Taft senior WR Dwayne Stanford II has received offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan State and others.

Cincinnati Taft WR Dwayne Stanford
made the most of the opportunity to make an
official visit to Ohio State. Stanford and his mother had dinner with
the OSU coaching staff on Sunday and headed home to Cincinnati afte
that.


Cincinnati Taft WR Dwayne Stanford made the most of the opportunity to make an
official visit to Ohio State. Stanford and his mother had dinner with the OSU coaching staff on Sunday and headed home to Cincinnati afte that.

“We had
dinner with coach (Luke) Fickell, coach (Stan) Drayton, coach (John)
Peterson, coach (Nick) Siciliano and coach (Greg) Gillum,” Stanford
said. “It was great. I got to talk to some of the players and hang out
with the players and coaches.”

Of course Stanford was in Ohio Stadium on Saturday night as the
Buckeyes defeated Wisconsin 33-29.

“It was a great game,” Stanford said. “It was a great game
atmosphere. I’m really happy I picked that game to go to.

“I had no idea who was going to win. I knew (Ohio State) would
come out and play hard given what happened last year. But when
(Wisconsin) got that late touchdown I thought they might win. But Ohio
State pulled it out. I was glad.”

Stanford and his mother were most impressed with the Ohio State
academics.

“I really like the academics,” Stanford said. “I like how much
support they give you. I was not surprised – but I was really
impressed.”

The Buckeyes have struggled some to score this season, but
Stanford isn’t worried.

“They have a young team,” he said. “The coaches said they might
look basic because of their inexperience, but they will get there.”

Stanford left no doubt he enjoyed his weekend at Ohio State and
the visit helped the Buckeyes’ cause.

“It helped Ohio State a lot,” he said. “I really liked the people
there and the excellence of the program.”

Stanford has made official visits to Ohio State and Cincinnati.
He plans to visit Oregon when the Ducks host USC Nov. 19, and might
visit LSU.

“I’ll probably go to LSU, but I have to figure out my schedule,”
he said.

When asked to name his favorite, Stanford said, “I don’t know
right now. It’s kind of a toss-up between the four schools.”

The Ohio State coaches have made sure Stanford and his good
friend, defensive end Adolphus
Washington
, know they are both very much wanted. Washington also
made an official visit to Ohio State this weekend.

“We would like to go to the same school – that’s very important,”
Stanford said. “But ultimately we will decide what is best for each of
us if you know what I mean. We’ll probably decide by the end of
November, but we don’t have an exact date.”

The 6-foot-4 and 200-pounder Stanford caught 14 passes for 250
yards and two touchdowns during his sophomore season. He had a huge
junior season catching 35 passes for 706 yards. Stanford averaged 20.2
yards per reception with six touchdowns. For his efforts Stanford was
named CMAC Offensive Player of the Year last year.

This season Stanford has over 30 catches with nine touchdowns as
Taft is 7-3 and headed for the 1st round of the state playoffs.

Kurelic’s Comment: In my prediction update earlier this
week I said Stanford and Washington would be Buckeyes and nothing has
happened this weekend to change my thinking.

Check out Stanford in action courtesy of our friends at
ScoutingOhio.com:

http://scoutingohio.com/index.php/view-profile.html?task=userProfile&user=6725

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