In terms of pure ability, few running backs can match the skills of Chino's (Calif.) R.J. Stanford. Stanford is a big time play maker and if he can get his academics in order, will be recruited at the high Div I level.
Stanford, 6-0, 175 pounds is a speed back with moves and a great burst. He lit up the B2G camp this past summer and is getting it done on the field this year as well. In just four game, Stanford has rushed for 653 yards and 10 touchdowns averaging close to 19 yards a carry.
"I missed a couple of games for some off the field stuff but that's all behind me," Stanford said. "I'm back and playing hard and running well. Our team is looking good and we're hoping to make it back to the Div II final. It's been a couple of years since we made it that far but we're rolling this year.
Chino is 5-1 on the year and has outscored their opponents 198-48. They're currently rated No. 7 in Div II and has a good chance to run the table the rest of the regular season.
On the recruiting front, Stanford is holding offers from UTEP, Colorado Stat and Idaho and is also hearing from Oregon State, Utah, Colorado and Sacramento State.
"I'm supposed to set a visit with UTEP this week," Stanford said. "Utah and Oregon State have also said they want to set up a visit the next time we talk. Oregon State is coming to my game this Friday and if they like what they see, they could be offering.
"Right now, I'm working hard on my academics and preparing for the SAT. I take the test on November 5 and I think once I pass the test, a lot of schools will jump on me. UCLA has been monitoring my grades all season and said they're waiting to see my first semester grades but they like me a lot. I'm going to their game with Oregon State and that should be a good game, those are definitely two of my favorite schools and it will be good to see them both in action."