Robinson Notes: Updates on Stanton, Laiti

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Robinson (Fairfax, VA) senior defensive end Jordan Stanton first year of organized football may have only been last year as a junior, but he has shown talent and potential in these past two years. The 6-4, 240-pound senior was a unanimous first-team all-district selection this season, an impressive accomplishment considering his lack of experience. He has also been performing well in the classroom, something that could help him earn a Division 1A scholarship offer.

“It is a situation where we were waiting for his most recent test scores. Well, he got them and the scores are much better,” Robinson head coach Mark Bendorf said. “I think that is a key piece of his recruitment. He has made a lot of progress academically since his freshman year. He is looking pretty good now.

“On the field, he had a very good year. It is evident to me that he is just scratching the surface of his potential.”

Stanton, who finished the 2008 season with 81 total tackles, boasts offers from James Madison and Old Dominion. And the two major Division 1A programs have kept tabs on the talented athlete all season.

“Virginia and Virginia Tech have asked for updated film, but neither has offered right now,” Bendorf said. “They are both scrutinizing his transcripts closely, so we’ll see what happens.”

Stanton made an unofficial visit to the University of Virginia this past Saturday and plans to go to Virginia Tech this upcoming Saturday. An offer from either program could change things, but for now James Madison may be the team to beat. The Dukes offered prior to Stanton’s senior year and have been recruiting him persistently.

“In fairness to him, he needs to continue to take visits and get on campuses to learn more about these schools,” Bendorf said. “I will say that JMU offered prior to his senior season and that says a lot.”

Laiti up to five offers…

Headlining Mark Bendorf’s 2010 class is 6-3, 200-pound linebacker Brian Laiti , who has been a major part of Robinson’s defense these past two seasons and will be again next year. Laiti totaled 147 tackles this season as a junior.

“He had a superb year,” Bendorf said.

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