And now that Stanford, the 15th-rated receiver in Scout.com's 2012 class, is being recruited by Kelly and Notre Dame, he will pay awful close attention to the Irish.
"I like Notre Dame," the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Stanford said. "With coach Kelly taking over there with the spread offense, and me being a receiver, I want to see how he does this year. With him throwing the ball a lot, that's something I like.
"I didn't get a chance to watch Notre Dame last year, but I know coach Kelly and what he did for Cincinnati. I know he's going to throw the ball. And this year I am definitely going to keep an eye on them."
Notre Dame wasn't recruiting Stanford much in the fall, so he didn't pay much attention to how the Irish fared on the field.
However, after making 44 catches for 865 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior, his profile as a recruit changed and the Irish showed increased interest. Irish assistant coach Tim Hinton visited Taft High in the spring to check in on Stanford, who, in turn, said he is planning a June visit to campus.
"We're close," Stanford said of his relationship with Hinton. "I talk to coach Hinton about once every week."
And when it comes to Notre Dame, there is one thing Stanford keeps coming back to.
"There's there opportunity every down for the ball to be thrown," he said. "I'll be able to have a chance to have good stats and I know that's something the NFL likes, and I'll be able to catch a lot of balls because there will be a lot of other receivers to take pressure off me, and I won't be getting double-teamed all the time."