October 31, 2011

Stanford has 'great' visit

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One of the hottest names on Ohio State's star-studded visitors list for Saturday night's win over Wisconsin was four-star wide receiver Dwayne Stanford. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound prospect from Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft high school was on campus all weekend for an official visit. Stanford made the trip with fellow four-star teammate Adolphus Washington and came away impressed by the entire experience.

"It went great," said Stanford of his visit. "I really enjoyed the game. It was a close game and I think the atmosphere was just great."

For a receiver that has made many big plays throughout his high school career, watching the game-winning touchdown pass on Saturday night was a thrilling sequence to watch.

"I didn't think Braxton Miller would see him," Stanford recalled. "Then when he threw it up, I was just like 'oh please catch it'. He came down with it and I just exploded with excitement."

Before and after the game, Stanford got to spend a lot of time with the Ohio State coaches as he continues to build a strong relationship with many members of the staff.

"I got to talk the most probably to coach (Stan) Drayton the receivers coach," Stanford explained. "I got to go to some of the wide receivers meetings and some of the team meetings. I got to talk to coach Peterson and coach Fickell a lot, just to see him and see how he is around the players and stuff. I really like him as a person, he's a great person. When I make my decision, (part of the decision) is going to be on the head coach and how well I like him."

Stanford said he will likely only take one more official visit before making a decision sometime near the end of November.

"I'm still going up to Oregon on November 19th," he said. "Once I get back from there, I'll just compare them, Ohio State, and Cincinnati and I'll make my decision from there."

Stanford didn't name a favorite in the group but he did comment on how his visit to Ohio State impacted the chances of the Buckeyes ultimately landing him.

"It definitely helped Ohio State," he said. "I got to learn some things about the academic side of things. The players get tremendous academic support and I just got to meet the people. Before I always heard about how the people and the tradition was excellent and I got to go up there and experience it and see it for myself and that was great right there."

On the field, Taft sneaked into the playoffs on the final weekend to grab the last seed in Division III Region 12. The Senators will be underdogs on Friday night but Stanford feels confident in his abilities as well as the abilities of his teammates.

"We've just got to play focused and be disciplined," he said. "They're the type of team that is going to keep doing the same thing and waiting for you to make a mistake. Defensively we've just got to stay disciplined and do what we're supposed to do."

Stanford is the No. 12 ranked prospect in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2012 Ohio rankings.


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