Dwayne Stanford II (Cincinnati, Ohio/Taft) has a final three and will take his last official visit this weekend to Pac-12 country.
Stanford, a four-star prospect and the No. 21 receiver in the nation, has narrowed his choices to longtime favorite Ohio State, the hometown Cincinnati Bearcats and the Oregon Ducks, where he will visit this weekend.
“I have a sincere interest in Oregon to be honest,” Stanford said. “I know everyone thinks I’m a lock for Ohio State but I wouldn’t be taking this visit if I wasn’t serious about Oregon. What a lot of people don’t know is Oregon is a school I always liked and wanted to play for but they didn’t recruit me until recently.
“I think what happened was they assumed I was going to stay close to home so they didn’t recruiting me that hard. Coach [Scott] Frost is the coach I’m talking with and at first, he kept asking if I was serious about going that far and why not Ohio State. Once they knew I was interested, they really started to recruit me hard.”
Stanford, 6-foot-3 and 187 pounds, will make his announcement, along with his teammate Adolphus Washington, next week. The two are close and the Buckeyes are the only common school the two have in their final three, which is another reason most expect the receiver to chose the Buckeyes.
“Honestly, it’s 50-50 right now,” Stanford said. “We’ll see what happens but if we each like a different school as our top choice, that’s what we’ll do. Like I said, I’ve liked Oregon for a long time. I love that offense, their style of play, the coaching staff, their uniforms and they need a big receiver. Right now, they have a lot of smaller receivers so I could bring something different to the table and I think that’s what the coaches are thinking too.”