Boulder Lineman Commits to Stanford

<b>John Kyed</b> is a player that did not have a Colorado offer, but the CU coaches were showing a lot of interest in. Chances are he could have garnered a Buff offer had he made it to the CU summer camp. He is the first high-profile player this recruiting cycle to commit to an out-of-state school.

John Kyed, the 6'7" 285-pound offensive tackle from Boulder High School in Boulder (Colo.), got an early jump on his college decision with some unofficial trips he took recently to schools. One of those visits yielded an offer when he was at Stanford last Wednesday, and this morning he pulled the trigger on a commitment to the Cardinal by calling head coach Walt Harris.

"It kind of took me by surprise that I committed this early," Kyed told The Bootleg this evening. "But I pretty much knew Stanford was where I wanted to be after I had seen a couple schools."

The Boulder big man had seen Colorado and Colorado State, and last month he tripped to Nebraska to see the Huskers. Last summer he camped at UCLA and got a good look at that campus and program. He had visited the Cal campus, as well. With that collection of observations and experiences under his belt, he felt confident in making a commitment with more than 10 months until Signing Day.

"My dad and I talked about all this last night," Kyed explains. "I said that if this is where I want to be, why look anywhere else? Why screw around?"

The Colorado student-athlete is careful to add that he is yet to be admitted to the school, so his commitment to Stanford is just like his offer - conditional upon admissions acceptance. Kyed is as strong a student as he is an offensive lineman, however, holding down a 4.357 GPA (4.0 scale) and a 1320 SAT.

Kyed held offers from Colorado State and Stanford before he committed, plus heavy interest from Colorado, Duke and Iowa State.

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