Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft wide receiver Dwayne Stanford has been trying to pin down official visit dates since the start of his senior season. This past week the four-star prospect and his teammate, Adolphus Washington, set their first official visit of the process.
"I got one set up to Alabama for when they play Tennessee on Oct. 22," Stanford said. "I can't wait to go down there and see the SEC environment. Alabama is a big-time team playing against Tennessee who is kind of on the rise right now, so I'm real excited."
Stanford is aiming to make a fall decision, possibly as early as late October. Getting trips in so he can make an educated decision is important, and he could have a couple more official visits set within the coming week.
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"I am trying to set up one with Oregon. I will probably try to call them Monday and set up one with them," Stanford said. "Then LSU, I will probably try to set up one with next week."
Oregon is a recent addition to Stanford's interest list. The Ducks have come on strong as of late, and now replace Arizona State in a top four that also consists of Alabama, LSU and Ohio State.
"It was Arizona State, but after my recent conversations with Coach [Scott] Frost out at Oregon they have moved up," Stanford said. "The whole time I was looking forward to getting recruited by them, and then Coach Frost called me and said that they wanted me.
"He was talking to me about the offense and said their big receiver is a senior and is going to be gone. There really is no other big guy that they have, so that's why they like me. I could come in and do the things he does for them."
Although Ohio State resides in Stanford's top group, the four-star receiver does not plan to use one of his official visits to Columbus. Things between the Buckeyes and the in-state standout are still going well, though.
"Me and Coach [Stan] Drayton talk all the time. Everything is good on his end and my end," Stanford said. "I feel like I could just call them up and go up there whenever they are playing a game, so there is really no point to use an official. It's kind of the same thing with UC because I can just drive up the street."
On Saturday night, the 6-5, 195-pound Stanford caught just one pass, but it went for a 42-yard touchdown in Taft's blowout win over Aiken. That Stanford was even dressed for the game was notable because he has been struggling with an ankle injury the last several weeks.