"Some of the other schools, they were just offers – they didn't really recruit me," Stanford said. "Some of the other schools were recruiting me, but it wasn't a place that I felt would be a good fit for me.
"Theses schools I narrowed it down to, these are the schools I feel like as far as tradition, football-wise, and academic-wise are the schools I see myself prospering at."
Specifically with UNC, Stanford is fond of the "persistence" the coaching staff has shown.
"They sent out Coach [John] Shoop and he saw me work out towards the end of the school year," Stanford said. "Just talking to him and Coach [Charlie] Williams, they both seem like they want me a lot.
"And they've put good receivers in the [National Football] League."
Stanford communicates the most with Williams, UNC's wide receivers coach. Normally, the two speak weekly.
"Most of the time, he's just talking to me about coming down to visit," Stanford said. "He says I'd love it. He tells me how he'd like to coach me and how he says my potential is unlimited."
Stanford is hoping to sneak in a visit to UNC by the end of the summer.
"I just have to figure out when my schedule will allow it," Stanford said. "I know I'm going to the Gridiron Kings and I'll be down in Orlando for the last week of July for vacation. I just have to talk to Coach Williams and Coach Shoop about coming down in August."
Cincinnati, Ohio State, and Tennessee are the only schools Stanford has been able to visit.
Besides UNC, Stanford is considering scheduling a summer trip to Michigan, as well as return visits to Cincinnati and Ohio State.
Stanford is looking to make a verbal commitment in October, after taking all five of his official visits – that's the plan, at least.
"If I go somewhere and I feel good there and I like everything, then I'll commit then," Stanford said.
When evaluating schools, Stanford's focus is the coaching staff's utilization of big receivers, the wide receiver depth chart (whether he'll be red-shirted during his freshman season and when he'll compete for playing time), academic reputation, and comfort level.
Stanford ended his junior season with 44 receptions for 825 yards and nine touchdowns.