Irish Target High On Notre Dame

Wide receivers love to catch the football, and knowing about Brian Kelly has this Ohio wide receiver excited about the Irish interest. Irish Eyes checked out Dwayne Stanford on Saturday afternoon.

Long and lean wide receivers with high skill level are always welcomed in Brian Kelly's offense. One receiver receiving early interest from Notre Dame is Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft's, Dwayne Stanford. Irish Eyes caught the 6-foot-4, 200-pound member of the Class of 2012 in some hoop action on Saturday and spoke with him following the game.

There is no mistaken Dwayne Stanford's future in on the gridiron and not on the hardwood. While Stanford does a great job of playing solid defense, and has the ability to put points on the scoreboard, he knows football is his ticket to college.

"My future is football. I am already being recruited heavy in football and not basketball. Several programs in football have offered and it is where I am being recruited the heaviest. I know this is where my future is."

Saturday saw Stanford and his teammates come up short against one of the top prep programs out of Indiana, during play at Flying To The Hoop. Falling 71-70, Stanford knows the Senators were close.

"There were a lot of big name players out there today. I wish we would have come away with the win, we were just two or three plays off. We will have to play harder as we continue this season."

Like all great ball catchers, Stanford has no problem talking about what turns his head early when looking at a college program.

"I want a great school that passes the football a lot. It also must have a great tradition."

Notre Dame fits both of those requirements and that has not been lost.

"I like Notre Dame a lot. The way Coach Kelly turned around Cincinnati shows me he knows what he is doing. I like the program he runs and the offense he runs. I feel Coach Kelly is going to do the same thing at Notre Dame once he gets the recruits he needs to work in his system."

While Stanford reports several top programs offering, he has not really thought too much about things.

"I have not really thought about it too much, I like them all right now and will look at things after basketball. Right now, I want to help our team get to state and win a championship.

While Stanford is surprised by the attention he is receiving, he also knows he has been doing the work to reach the level of attention coming his way.

"I am surprised, but I am also not really surprised as I have put in a lot of work. I am happy people are thinking so highly of me already, but also know I have not accomplished anything yet."

Here are a couple of photos of Stanford in action from Saturday.