Virginia Tech has extended a scholarship offer to Martin Luther King (Lithonia, GA) senior wide receiver Joshua Stanford . The 6’2″, 170-pound prospect scored the offer this week, and he plans to travel to Blacksburg for an official visit next weekend.
“He’s a kid who was kind of under the radar,” Lions head coach Mike Carson said of Stanford. “He’s a kid who kind of got lost in the shuffle, but I think he is a major D-1 talent. He had 56 catches for over 1,000 yards for us. He had a couple of big kick-off returns. He’s a kid a lot of schools missed on.”
Stanford’s senior season was his first at Martin Luther King. He attended Duluth High School his junior year, so there was a transition period this season in terms of learning a new offense. By season’s end, Stanford had become the team’s number two receiver (in a 4-receiver offensive system). He’s a player Carson felt comfortable playing in the slot or out wide.
“He’s long, rangy, and he can run. Joshua is a 4.4 kid. He’s a track kid,” said Carson, whose squad also featured University of Georgia-bound wide receiver Blake Tibbs, a 4-star wide receiver according to Rivals.com. “Coaches like Joshua’s prospects as a player who can vertically stretch the defense.”
Stanford has taken an official visit to Middle Tennessee State. He has four more officials should he choose to use them, but as of now he only has three more scheduled. This weekend, the Peach State product heads to Arkansas State. He’ll go to Virginia Tech next weekend and follow up with TCU the weekend of January 27. Louisiana-Monroe is also being considered for a visit.
All of the schools mentioned have offered, Carson said.
“Visits are going to be important. I know he is impressed with Virginia Tech as a school and for its football program. Also, he’s a Canadian kid, so going there would bring him a little closer to home,” Carson answered when asked if his standout was leaning in any direction.
Should the Hokies land Stanford, he would be Tech’s third 2012 recruit out the state of Georgia. Stephenson (Stone Mountain) defensive end Jarontay Jones , whose team fell to M.L. King 50-49 this season, and Creekside (Fairburn) cornerback Davion Tookes committed earlier to Tech.