Posted by Bryan Fischer
Cincinnati (Ohio) Taft High teammates Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford told anybody who would listen that picking the same college was an option if they both fit at the same school. Though they shared plenty of common offers, they chose to go their separate ways with defensive end Washington committing to Ohio State and wide receiver Stanford committing to Oregon.
“I picked Ohio State because of the academic support they have,” Washington told 247sports. “I didn’t think it was like that until I went up there (on my official visit). That sold me on Ohio State.”
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Stanford recently returned from an official visit to Eugene and though the Ducks lost, the trip was such a great insight into the program that he had no issues committing.
"Man, the facilities are crazy," he told Rivals. "I had no idea. None. I thought the locker room was a team lounge at first with the couches and the electronics. I had no idea. And then to have their own dentist, pharmacy, eye doctor, the juice bar area, the hot tubs and the cold tubs. It was just unbelievable."
Both players have a chance to make an impact early on at their schools. Stanford is a silky-smooth wide receiver that gives Oregon a big red zone threat and is ranked as the eighth best wide receiver in the country by Maxpreps and 96th overall. Washington had a double-digit list of offers and is ranked eighth at his position as well but 57th overall. One factor in selecting the Buckeyes beyond the program is the slight chance he could be playing for head coach Urban Meyer, as the rumor mill has heated up that the former Florida coach will be headed to Columbus.
“I believe Urban Meyer,” he told the Columbus Dispatch. “I hope so.”
Though Stanford is a bit of a departure from the typical small, speedy wide receiver that Oregon normally goes after, he should be able to provide a unique presence on offense and is the Ducks' second big pickup on that side of the ball after receiving a commitment from running back Byron Marshall last week.
"The consummate red-zone receiver, he catches everything within range and has averaged 20 yards per catch in his prep career," analyst Tom Lemming said of Stanford. "A big target with great hands, speed and desire."
Stanford is the 14th commit and the first wide receiver in this class of 2012 for the Ducks while Washington gives the Buckeyes 15 in their class.