There is a running back from the Golden State of California who will burst onto the scene this fall. Though not mush as been written on this guy yet look for his stock to rise dramatically this fall. Quite frankly this guy is one of the best running backs that recruitneks don't know about.
The running back whose name you should remember is R.J. Stanford (6-0, 180, 4.4) from Chino, Calif.
Stanford earned all-league, all-area, all-CIF (HM) and was his team's Offensive MVP after rushing for 1,682 yards and 12 touchdowns while sharing the rock with UCLA bound Shawn Oatis.
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Stanford has been working hard this off-season by attending the Beyond 2000 Elite Camp (B2G) where he shined.
"Stanford, one word to describe him, you guess it, speed," B2G Camp facilitator Henry Bell said right after Stanford's camp performance. "This guy can flat out fly."
"I will predict that Stanford will rush for over 2,000 yards this season and finish up as one of the top prospects in the state of California," Bell said. "This kid is big time. Stanford has the speed, vision, feet, hands and the ability to make people miss."
Stanford is also very explosive with his 35-inch vertical jump and he has decent strength too by benching 185-pounds, 12 times.
On the recruiting trail Stanford already has three offers from Colorado State, UTEP and Idaho.
Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Colorado and Notre Dame are all keeping a close eye on Stanford's progress.
One of the reasons that Stanford doesn't have the number of offers he would normally is because admittedly he had a lot of fun his freshman year and like many of us didn't know what was at stake.
Stanford has been trying to catch up and is putting forth a huge effort academically. He is doing very well in summer school and once the word gets out that he's a predictor then look for a bull run on his stock.
"I want to go to a school that has excellent academic opportunities," Stanford said. "Because after football I want to have a good life."
"I also want to go to a school where I will fit in," Stanford said. "Meaning a place with good coaches, with a good football program and good teammates."