Stanford Looking At Spartans

Ohio wide receiver Dwayne Stanford is building a strong relationship with Michigan State and his recruiting coach Harlon Barnett. Spartan Digest spoke with Stanford about his contact with the Spartans.

At 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft wide receiver Dwayne Stanford has many college programs looking to get his signature next February. What has Stanford's contact with the Spartans been like?

"We do not talk on a daily basis," Stanford told Spartan Digest about his contact with Harlon Barnett. "But we do talk often and know each other pretty well. I know Michigan State is looking for players to help them stay at the top of the Big Ten."

As for a visit, Stanford hopes to make one soon to East Lansing.

"I want to try and get up there and see what they are all about and how they run things. The only thing I know about Michigan State right now is that they are in the Big Ten and they had a great season last year."

Coming off a great basketball season, Stanford has not been able to think much about football recruiting. Taft, coming off a state championship last weekend, has Cincinnati talking about hoops instead of football.

"It feels great to win a state championship. It has not sunk in yet, however, it is starting to as everybody around the city is talking and the news coverage makes you not to want to take your Taft uniform off."

Taft head coach Mike Martin knows a thing or two about college football having played at Illinois and with the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL. During our tour, Martin had the following to say about his young wide receiver.

"He's, over the last two years, it's been like night and day with him. He realizes now that he can take over a game at any moment. He can go get the ball. He is very aggressive. He runs very good routes, but he knows that he can out jump anybody in the secondary. Our thing is, we throw it up and let him come down with it now. I think now, he goes into the game saying coach; get me the ball at least 15 times. I'm catching all of them. That's one of the things that's going to be really beneficial for us."

Because of his hoop commitment, Stanford saw recruiting slow just a bit. Now things are starting to move at a record pace.

"Since the basketball season has been going it slowed down a little bit. Now, with the season over, I am going to start to concentrate on it more with talking to coaches and making visits."

While Stanford has a great looking list of offers on the board, Spartan fans will have to see if the talented wide receiver makes a visit to East Lansing this spring to judge his true interest in the Big Ten Champions.

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