Robinson (Fairfax, VA) defensive end Jordan Stanton, a 6-4, 240-pound prospect with sub-4.6 speed in the 40, took unofficial visits to Virginia and Virginia Tech in late November, checking out UVa’s home finale against Clemson and Virginia Tech’s victory over Virginia. Stanton boasts official scholarship offers from James Madison and Old Dominion, but has either of the two in-state ACC programs come through since those visits?
“Not a whole lot has changed in his recruitment,” Robinson head coach Mark Bendorf said. “He has two visits set up in January, one for JMU and one for ODU. Virginia Tech and UVa are still recruiting him, but neither has offered. It is my understanding that Virginia has submitted his academic information to Admissions, but that is all that has been done at this point.”
Stanton turned in an excellent senior season, totaling 81 tackles as one of Robinson’s starting defensive ends. Virginia and Virginia Tech coaches, who had the chance to see Stanton up close at their respective camps earlier this year, have been impressed by the standout senior’s 2008 performance.
“I think they realize he is kind of a late bloomer, with this season being only his second year of organized football,” Bendorf said. “The thing with him is he has big upside. He was second-team all-state and unanimous first-team all-region, and that speaks volumes because of his lack of experience.”
Are there any favorites in this race?
“He hasn’t said specifically, but obviously the schools that have put offers out there are very appealing to him,” Bendorf said.
Stanton has not only progressed athletically, but academically as well.
“He has done very well,” Bendorf said. “He had a great first quarter. Our second quarter doesn’t end until the 23rd of January, but his interim grades were good, so he is doing a good job. He just had to dig out of a little bit of a hole. He is still a little ways away, but he is doing a good job.”
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