May 16, 2006

Stafford opens up eyes

If there were any questions that Austin Stafford (6-3, 205, 4.5) from Hayward, Calif., was a legitimate D-I prospect they were removed after a stellar NIKE Camp performance in Palo Alto on Saturday (May 13th). Stafford played on the edge for Hayward as a junior, but he is probably destined for another position on the D-I level.

Stafford played linebacker at NIKE and by many in attendance he was the best in the group. When you consider that he used to going after quarterbacks and not playing coverage his performance is even more impressive.

As a defensive end, Stafford accounted for 83 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and two fumble recoveries. His performance saw him earn first-team all-league as a defensive end. Not bad when you consider that he's projecting as a linebacker or safety.

The NIKE camp helped Stafford garner his first offer from Nebraska. UCLA wide receivers coach D.J. McCarthy was on the Hayward campus last Friday the day before the camp.

Besides Nebraska and UCLA; Colorado, Washington State and Arizona have also been on campus.

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