He watched the Oregon Ducks football team lose to the USC Trojans on his only visit to Eugene, but that didn’t stop class of 2012 recruit Dwayne Stanford II (Taft High School, Cincinnati, Ohio) from committing to Oregon on Tuesday.
Ranked by ESPN as the #21 wide receiver in his recruiting class, Stanford projects to have an impressive long-term effect on a team stocked full of short receivers. Currently, WR Lavasier Tuinei, a senior, is the team’s tallest receiver at 6’5. Stanford, at 6’3, would immediately become the team’s tallest receiver next season, assuming Oregon doesn’t get a commit from someone taller.
Most of Oregon’s receivers fit into the short and speedy category, and although he’s tall, Tuinei hasn’t been a big-play receiver. Stanford has the potential to finally fill that hole for the Ducks, a team that hasn’t had a tall go-to receiver in a long, long time.
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Stanford was expected to commit to Ohio State, where he and friend Adolphus Washington had planned to play together. Washington committed to Ohio State on Tuesday.
Stanford had OSU, Michigan State, and Cincinnati as his top three schools, but he took a visit to Eugene over the weekend, watched film with Oregon receivers coach Scott Frost, and made the tough decision to commit to a school thousands of miles from home.
“It was kind of up in the air after dinner,” Stanford said. “I slept on it and this morning I was feeling more I should go to Oregon. … I didn’t want to go that far away from [my mother] knowing how she’d feel. That’s why I was kind of leaning toward Ohio State. But this morning she told me if Oregon is where I feel I’d be best at then that’s where I should go.”
Stanford is curently considered the #5 receiver in the state of Ohio, and is rated a 4-star player by both ESPN and Rivals. He believes his abilities fit perfectly in the system Chip Kelly has created at Oregon.
“This year, I had a lot of yards after the catch and when I go [to Oregon] I understand I can make one guy miss and get extra yards like that,” Stanford said. “I saw that watching the [USC] game and I’ve seen it on film with coach Frost. I saw how much they get, not just Tuinei, but all the receivers in open space. You make that one guy miss and you got 40 yards after a normal 4-yard catch.”
Kelly typically redshirts wide receivers during their first year on campus, so it’s more than likely that Stanford II and Oregon QB Bryan Bennet (RS Freshman) will become a common connection for the Ducks offense starting in 2013.
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