Stanford Commits To Tech

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Martin Luther King (Lithonia, GA) wide receiver Joshua Stanford has decided to end his recruitment, verbally committing to Virginia Tech while on an official visit to Blacksburg this weekend.  Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee State and TCU were the other finalists for the 6’2″, 170-pound senior, who previously made officials to Arkansas State and MTSU.  An official to TCU set for next weekend presumably will be cancelled.

“Yes, sir,” Stanford said via text message, confirming his commitment to Virginia Tech.

In Stanford, the Hokies get a receiver who hauled in 56 catches for over 1,000 yards in his senior season.

“He’s long, rangy, and he can run.  Joshua is a 4.4 kid.  He’s a track kid,” said Martin Luther King head coach Mike Carson.  “Coaches like Joshua’s prospects as a player who can vertically stretch the defense.

“He’s a kid who was kind of under the radar.  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.”

Virginia Tech gains a wide receiver recruit after losing another.  Robert Lockhart, who signed with Tech in February of 2011 out of West Boca Raton High School (Boca Raton, FL), failed to meet academic requirements and attended Fork Union Military Academy last fall.  He made an official visit to Miami last month and subsequently changed his commitment.

At this point, 25 high school seniors are set to sign with the Hokies on February 1.  Two previous commitments — running back J.C. Coleman and cornerback Donaldven Manning — enrolled in January.

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