Four-star Stafford has a built-in tie to Florida

Mar 9, 2022 | 0 comments


Though Melbourne (Fla.) Eau Gallie four-star Robert Stafford is listed as a receiver by both ESPN and Rivals, upon his arrival at Florida on Saturday he was first greeted by coaches from the defensive side of the ball.

There are two reasons for that.

First, the Gators like him as a cornerback, and the second is a tie to an existing support staff member.

"Florida is recruiting me as a cornerback," explained Stafford. "I was with Coach [Jamar] Chaney the most because his nephew – TJ Jones who plays for Gardner Webb – was my teammate and basically my brother."


Besides Chaney and Patrick Toney, the 5-foo-t11, 170-pound Stafford also had an opportunity to speak with Billy Napier.

"The highlight was meeting Coach Napier," said Stafford. "He just said to keep working hard and enjoy the process."

Stafford said that he also saw a difference in how he was treated by the previous and current staff.

"I think Coach Napier is the difference," stated Stafford. "He seems like he's a player's coach. He was genuine and I can see why he’s been so successful in his career."

Stafford has over 30 offers to date, including from programs such as Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, and Texas A&M.

He will start narrowing down his focus after he takes more visits.

"Florida is in the mix just like everyone else," said Stafford. "I don’t have a leaderboard. I’ll try and narrow stuff down after spring ball."

Up next are trips to Tallahassee and Athens. 

When asked what he is looking for when he names a leaderboard, he replied, "I want to feel wanted and a family atmosphere.

Stafford is the No. 173 ranked prospect in the nation according to the On3 Consensus.

The Inside Scoop: Yes, he likes Florida, but FSU and UGA are also definitely in the mix early on. We'll see where he visits this spring and then if he wants to camp anywhere over the summer before we start drawing any conclusions as to where he will end up.

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