Stanton ponders his future

Along with three of his teammates, Santa Margarita (Ca.) Catholic QB Johnny Stanton made a trip to Seattle in order to watch Washington's Spring Game and take part in their Junior Day event. The talented athlete came away impressed with what he saw and told Dawgman.com that he has a lot of thinking to do as far as a timeline and what he's looking for in the school that he chooses...

"I had a great time up there. It was a really great visit," Stanton told Dawgman.com. "I met with the coaches and really liked their approach to things. They are so energetic and they were hyped up before the game. They got all of the players hyped up too.

"A couple of hours before the game, they had a team meeting that we were in and they showed highlights from last season and that got the players all fired up. It was a meeting like I've never seen before. It was pretty cool."

Of Stanton's four offers -- Washington, Air Force, California and San Diego State -- the Huskies are the only school to out-right tell him they want him as an athlete, not necessarily as a quarterback.

"SDSU and Air Force both want me at quarterback," Stanton said. "Cal offered me as a quarterback, but right after I got my offer, they got a commitment from someone (Jared Goff) to play QB, so now they are talking to me about how they need to still figure out if they want me as an athlete or as a quarterback.

"Washington said they aren't really sure what position they'd like me at yet, but I'm thinking probably safety or linebacker. I've played it before, so I think I could still play defense, but I don't necessarily think it's my best position.

"I'm a team guy though, so if the coaches like me on defense and think I can help the team the best there, then, if I end up at Washington, I'll have no problem doing that."

Two of Stanton's teammates -- Dane Crane and Connor O'Brien -- both joined him in Seattle, along with another teammate, OL Riley Sorenson, and he said he couldn't be happier for his his friends, but their decisions likely won't affect what he does.

"They were both so excited to commit, I was really, really happy for them," Stanton said. "Them committing was great and if I ended up there, sure it would be great having two friends to keep playing with, but in the end, I have to decide on the situation and school that is the best fit for me, so I don't think their decisions will play that big a part for me."

As far as when he'll make a decision, Stanton said he's unsure of a timeline, but he said when he knows he will commit and won't wait.

"I don't really have a timeline right now, but I probably will in a little while," Stanton said. "Some things have to pan out in order for me to be ready, so I'm really not sure yet. I think I just need to keep an open mind and see some other schools and then I'll probably be able to figure that out."

We will have more from Stanton in the coming weeks and months and will update news as it happens.

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