Special teams play is a crucial part of any football game. Western Branch (Chesapeake, VA) has its own special team phenom in defensive back Lamonte Stanfield , Jr. As a junior, Stanfield blocked 13 punts, one field goal, and one extra point.
Stanfield realizes the importance of great special teams, and feels his ability gives him an extra edge as a player.
“I just go all out on special teams,” said Stanfield. “Special teams is a game breaker. It changes the whole momentum of a game. Last season I blocked an extra point, and we ended up winning the game by only one point. I also think that playing well on special teams sets me apart from other cornerbacks.”
At 5-10, 170 pounds, Stanfield is being recruited to play the position he plays for Western Branch – cornerback. Navy is looking at him to play free safety because of his physical style.
He has not received any scholarship offers, however a number of schools are taking a serious look at him.
“Schools looking at me the hardest are Navy, Duke, Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech,” said Stanfield. “All of those schools are talking to me. Most of them want to wait to see a couple of games before deciding if they will offer.
“I went to UVa’s camp earlier this year, and they said they have a few scholarships for wide receivers and some for defensive backs as well. They want to see a few games before deciding whether or not to offer. I haven’t talked to Virginia Tech, but I will visit them within the next few weeks.”
Stanfield, who made the national honor roll his junior year, excels in classroom and should easily qualify academically. Academics will play a big part in his decision, though he is wide open in terms of favorites.
“I don’t really have any favorites, but I really like schools with better education,” said Stanfield. “I want to major in either Finance or Political Science. I want to be a sports agent.”
A three-sport star, Stanfield plays baseball and track in addition to football. A very good baseball player, he is getting looks for baseball scholarships.
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