Recruit Profile: WR Mike Stanton

Mike Stanton

Thanks to a gutsy performance in a season-opening 18-17 win over Canyon, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame receiver Mike Stanton (6-5, 215) could eventually see more colleges take notice of him for what he's doing in football.

"It was a fun and exciting game," said Stanton. "Hopefully this will make some schools start to look at me more."

Stanton said that right now, Fresno State and San Diego State were showing the most interest in him, but that Boston College, Washington, Washington State and UNLV were all keeping in contact.

Part of the problem is that Stanton was more known for his prowess on the baseball field, where he participated in the Area Code Games earlier this summer and holds an offer from a Pac-10 school.

"Arizona State offered me in baseball, but that's my only baseball offer right now," said Stanton. "I've been kind of hoping to hear from the L.A. schools. I'm getting a lot more attention for baseball, but if football got me some better offers, I could go either way. I've been kind of overlooked so hopefully it starts picking up."

USC has been one school who has been keeping a close eye on him for both football and baseball, and new coach Chad Kreuter and his staff told Stanton they would love for him to play baseball, its just that scholarships aren't as easily available.

"I'm still waiting to see what happens with USC," said Stanton. "They are out of offers for baseball, but the baseball coach is trying to get the coaches from football to see me and hopefully offer me. That would be first choice, especially if I can play both. Hopefully after how I play, they will be more interested in me."

Stanton said that with a potential professional baseball career on the horizon, he hasn't given much thought to what he would do should he sign a D-I letter of intent and then be drafted.

"Right now, I'm thinking about football. I would like to play both sports in college, but if nothing comes from football, then I'll go with baseball. I'm going for my best offer so I'll just have to sit and wait it out. I'll decide later, mostly because I don't know what will happen.

Stanton said he would like to take all five official visits, but if the right school offered him, he could see himself making an early decision.

Aside from receiver, Stanton plays cornerback for the Knights, but knows that receiver is where he will end up in college. If his performance against Canyon is any indication, he has the potential to be a big play receiver. In the comeback win, Stanton caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Dayne Crist with 1:03 on the clock to trim the lead to 17-16. He also caught the go-ahead two-point conversion to put the Knights on top 18-17, and they held on defense.

"I just wanted to make the plays that helped us win," said Stanton. "People thought with us losing Garrett (Green) and Rodney (Glass), we wouldn't be as good, but we felt underrated."

Academically Stanton is holding a 3.1 GPA and took the SAT in the spring.

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