Quite simply, Joshua Stanford felt Virginia Tech was too good an opportunity to pass up. And this was why the Martin Luther King (Lithonia, GA) senior verbally committed to the Hokies this past weekend.
“In thinking about it on the trip, I realized that the opportunity presented before me…if I left it, I knew I’d regret it,” said the 6’2″, 170-pound wide receiver recruit, who was in Blacksburg this past weekend on an official visit. He has cancelled an official visit to TCU scheduled for January 27.
“It was about weighing the options. I put a lot of thought into this. Virginia Tech’s coaches said a lot of things I was looking for without me having to say it. That was good. I found the fit I was looking for, and they found the fit they were looking for. If I had found what I was looking for, I just thought, what’s the point of looking anywhere else?”
On Saturday night, at dinner at Lane Stadium, Stanford called his high school coaches, his father and his mother. He was seeking their input and approval on a possible commitment. All parties gave him the “green light” to commit to Virginia Tech.
“There were no red lights,” Stanford said.
“After finishing my calls, I didn’t say anything. I knew I’d meet with Coach Beamer in the morning. To be honest, I didn’t want to draw attention from anything. I knew I’d sit down with Coach Gray and Coach Beamer on Sunday morning. I knew I was going to go ahead and commit. I had a feeling. All my coaches and family gave me green lights. It was a good feeling.”
On Sunday, Stanford informed head coach Frank Beamer and primary recruiter Torrian Gray of his decision.
“They were excited,” Stanford recalled. “They told me they really needed me. They welcomed me as part of the Hokie family. They said it’s a good time to come in as a receiver since they lost two all-time leading receivers. With Logan Thomas being there another year and hopefully two more years, it’s a really good time.”
Stanford is Virginia Tech’s third wide receiver recruit in the class, joining South Carolina prep standout Mark Irick and Lafayette (Yorktown, VA) star Thomas Smith. Wilson (Portsmouth, VA) standout Der’Woun Greene will likely start out his career at wide receiver as well.
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