VT Up Next For Joshua Stanford

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Official visits to Middle Tennessee State and Arkansas State are now in the books, and Virginia Tech and TCU are left go before Joshua Stanford makes his college choice. The 6’2″, 170-pound wide receiver prospect was in Jonesboro, Arkansas, this past weekend to take a closer look at an Arkansas State program now run by new head coach Gus Malzahn.

“I had a pretty good time,” the Martin Luther King (Lithonia, VA) standout senior said of Arkansas State. “I like that they have a real energetic coaching staff. They are young and hungry.”

Malzahn takes over as Arkansas State head coach after running the Auburn offense for three seasons. Stanford spoke to the impact Malzahn’s arrival has on his decision.

“The offense is very explosive,” Stanford said. “Coach Malzahn, he’s a great guy. He talked about having a dream of building up the program. He’s enthusiastic about the direction of the program. I can tell Coach Malzahn was careful in selecting his coaches. All of the coaches have good character.”

This coming weekend, Stanford will be in Blacksburg for an official visit. The Hokies are expected to host top defensive end target Ken Ekanem (Centreville High School in Clifton, VA) and Phoebus (Hampton, VA) wide receiver Romond Deloatch as well this weekend.

Tech offered Stanford last week. Stanford says it is a standard offer as opposed to a gray-shirt.

“It’s exciting,” Stanford said of the Virginia Tech offer. “They came in about a week ago and said they had watched film. To them, it was an easy decision to offer me. It’s exciting. They are definitely going to be considered. At this time, though, they are all equal until I take my visits.”

The weekend of January 27, Stanford will head to TCU for what figures to be his final official visit. He expects to know his college choice around the February 1 Signing Day.

“I’m excited about them,” Stanford said of TCU. “I’m excited about Virginia Tech. And Arkansas State. I can’t make a mistake. They are all great schools. All of these schools have great coaches.”

A native of Canada, Stanford went to live with an uncle in Georgia before the start of his junior year of high school. He attended Duluth High School (Duluth, GA) his junior year before transferring to M.L. King for his senior year. Location,