Stanford Has Favorite

With much of the Pac-10 interested in him, Chino (Calif.) athlete R.J. Stanford said one school stands out for him and an offer from them would produce a commitment...

Chino (Calif.) athlete R.J. Stanford (6-0, 185) has three scholarship offers as he heads into his senior year.

Colorado State, Idaho and UTEP have all extended offers to Stanford, while UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington, California and Colorado continue to show him interest.

"I'd say my top three schools right now are Cal, Colorado and UCLA. UCLA is my leader," said Stanford.

Stanford was teammates last season with incoming Bruin freshman safety Shawn Oatis.

"Me and Shawn are really close. We were "thunder and lightning" last year. He tells me all about the school and the coaches and the program at UCLA. If they offered, man, it would be tough to pass up," said Stanford.

He initially showed up in the Bruin staff's radar after a strong performance at their 1-Day Camp in April. He later attended the B2G Camp in Thousand Oaks earlier this summer.

"At the B2G Camp, there was a lot of competition. I was playing with everybody who was at the top of their game. Everyone was all league and the last day, we're all trying to make it to play in the "A Game". But I learned a lot on offense and defense, working on positioning, technique. I worked out with the running backs. But then one of the camp founders, said I had looked like a cornerback," said Stanford. "So I may play some corner this year in addition to running back."

Stanford teamed with Oatis last year in the Cowboys backfield, rushing for for 1,682 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"There is more pressure on me. With Shawn gone, I'm the leader on offense. Normally I look to my right and he is there, but now I'll carry most of the load.

Stanford said some of his recruitment is at running back, some at receiver, and some at cornerback. But he said he is willing to let the best school be the deciding point for him, not necessarily the one who offers him at a certain position.

Still, Stanford is hoping the Bruin staff extends an offer.

"If UCLA offered, no doubt, if they offered, I'd commit. Of course, I want to see other schools, just to find out about them. But with UCLA, its close, local, they have good coaches and a good program. I'd most likely go there," said Stanford, who is being recruited by both Brian Schneider and Eric Bieniemy.

"I would like to take all five of my visits. I'm sure I'll take the first three, But I think I'll know where I want to go," Stanford said.

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