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Monroe's Stafford staying home with ASU

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Charles Stafford had quite a career at Monroe, breaking every Tornado passing record.

Now he'll take aim at Albany State's record books.

The former Tornado signed with the hometown Golden Rams Tuesday, ending his long recruitment.

"They're getting a young man who, once he touches the football field, can be a big time football player for them," says Monroe head coach Charles Truitt.

Stafford started under center all four years with Monroe, and was widely recruited by schools all over the south. 

Ultimately, he decided to stay close to his family and join ASU, where he hopes to build a legacy similar to the one he leaves at Monroe.

"There's some great coaches over there, and I can make a legacy over there, write some traditions over there," he says. "It's in the same city, so I can do the same thing in college."

That legacy won't begin until 2015 though. Stafford says the Golden Rams will redshirt him next season.

"I can get bigger, learn the plays, and come back for the four years and be very comfortable with the formations and the system," he says.

"Him being able to sit back and see what they're doing each and every day," Truitt says. "When he comes out his second year, I wouldn't doubt he'll have an opportunity to compete for the starting job."

Stafford also received offers from Marshall and Cincinnati, but says he wanted to stay close to family.

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