Kenny Stafford worked out with his uncle Chris in Florida this summer. For most recruits, that scenario might be rather mundane. But for Stafford, that meant working out with Chris Carter—as in the former star Pro Bowl wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings and alum of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The wide receiver recruit, from St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Ohio, practiced and learned from his big-time uncle before he set out for a series of camps to impress coaches of big-time programs.
"I went to Michigan State for their three-day camp. I went to Purdue's one-day camp and Ohio State's one-day camp," Stafford said
At Michigan State's camp, Stafford connected with offensive coordinator Don Treadwell and found the experience enlightening.
"It went well. I learned a lot of stuff from coach Treadwell. He broke some things down for me as in getting off the line of press coverages and knowing how to get down in my route and not pull off," Stafford said. "Just route running, basically, he has taught me a lot."
With good size at 6-3, 180, good speed with a recent 40 time of 4.45, and good athletic ability with a 30-inch vertical jump and a hobby playing basketball, Stafford—a two-star recruit—has time to impress his dream programs.
Although he has received offers from numerous MAC schools like Akron, Ohio University, and Miami, and still seriously considers them options, he hopes to gain the attention of more and more Big Ten caliber schools.
"My top five would be Indiana, Purdue, West Virginia, Michigan State, and Ohio State."
The rest of the summer will be lower key as he prepares for his senior season.
"I plan on going to Cincinnati's one day camp, the 7x7's, but I don't know if that's going to work out," he said.
In the meantime, Stafford's focus is on winning a state championship in his senior season at DeSales.
"We return a whole defense except for three seniors that graduated. And our offense is looking pretty good," he said.
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