Stanford keeping eye on Irish

Reporting a Notre Dame offer, wide receiver Dwayne Stanford is keeping a close eye on the progress of the program under Brian Kelly. Irish Eyes spoke with Stanford about his interest in the Irish.

One thing Brian Kelly has always shown he likes in his offense are tall athletic wide receivers. Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft wide receiver Dwayne Stanford fits Kelly's mold at 6-foot-4, 200-pounds. What are his thoughts about Notre Dame?

"I have not had a chance to visit Notre Dame. I know they expect big-time football players to go there. I defiantly want to visit Notre Dame. It seems like they have a great atmosphere up there and I want to get up there for a spring practice or for their spring game."

Because of 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 in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals. During our tour, he 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."

Living in Cincinnati gives Stanford a slight advantage when looking at the Irish. All who live in the Queen City had heard or seen the job Brian Kelly did while in the city.

"Coach Kelly turned the Cincinnati program around with his spread offense. I will be watching to see him do the same thing at Notre Dame this season. I will have my eye on them this season."

While Stanford has a great looking list of offers on the board, Irish fans will have to keep an eye on the developments of his recruitment in the coming months. Irish Eyes will continue to check with Dwayne in the coming weeks and months. Top Stories