Hayward (Calif.) linebacker Austin Stafford first caught our attention at the NorCal NIKE Camp last May where he dominated the position drills and was named top LB in the camp by the staff coaches despite never playing the position before. Despite a strong senior season, Stafford there is really only two schools showing him much interest.
Stafford, 6-2, 200 pounds play defensive end for the Farmers but is being recruited strictly as a linebacker. He has helped lead Hayward to a 10-1 record and a berth in the CIF second round.
"We're doing well and I'm happy with how I've played this year as well," Stafford said. "I have 11 sacks on the season but I'm not sure about tackles. A couple of games I've played some at linebacker but I've mostly played rush end and that's where I'm most comfortable since it's where I've played my whole life."
Stafford had an official visit set with Nebraska earlier in the year but had to re-schedule and is still hoping to set a date with the Huskers.
"They wanted to see my SAT score," Stafford said. "I have a qualifying score so I'm good to go on that front. They're still in touch with me and have talked to me about visiting sometime in December.
"I'm also going to visit San Diego State sometime in December. Those are my two offers right now and my top two schools. I'm also hearing from UNLV and Arizona but they haven't mentioned anything about an offer or a trip yet. Once I visit Nebraska and San Diego State, I'll probably be ready to make my decision."