Austin firm to Card, plus some juicy tidbits

The fact that David Shaw doesn't carry the same name recognition as his predecessor might bother some Stanford recruits, but certainly not longtime Cardinal commit Brendon Austin. The four star lineman from Chaparral High School (Parker, Colo.) seems more than happy to be coached by Shaw, particularly after the Cardinal head coach made an in-home visit with Austin and his family a few months back.

"He came around sometime back sometime in, I think, October," Brendon Austin said. "He came over to the house and visited with my family. It was great. We were able to have dinner with him. It was great, my family couldn't be happier for him getting the job as head coach. We're really comfortable with him and I think he's going to do a great job for Stanford football."

If the in-home visit didn't convince the Austin's of Shaw's coaching prowess, a former Stanford wide receiver might have. According to Austin's father, Doug, Shaw received an endorsement from a former Stanford wide receiver who is quite popular in Austin's home state.

"Ed McCaffrey, the former Denver Bronco, his oldest son Max played with my middle son Geoffrey on a number of sports teams over the years, and Ed played back in the day with David," Doug said. "[Ed] spoke very highly of David as well."

The Austin clan (Brendon and his parents) got an in-person look at Shaw and the Stanford program when they visited Palo Alto for Brendon's official visit last weekend.

According to the four-star lineman, the trip didn't disappoint.

"I loved it," Brendon said. "I had a great time with the guys and good time with the coaching staff. I really can't wait to get out there."

Doug echoed his son's sentiments.

"It was just exceptional impressive across the board," Doug said. "Palo Alto, the whole area is beautiful, the campus is stunning, I mean expansive, beautiful, the façade, the architecture… Physically the place is stunning.

"The guys put on an absolutely first-rate program for us. Very professional, very informative. I was inspired. It was a really special weekend."

For Brendon, the weekend was filled with several highlights, led off by a laser tag session.

"I thought it was great that they took the recruits out to laser tag," he said. "It was great, definitely the most intense game of laser tag. That was a lot of fun, a lot of testosterone in there."

Brendon also had the opportunity to meet with professors in his major field.

"Probably the next thing for me, the biggest highlight was actually meeting we had a brunch with the professors on Saturday morning," Brendon said. "We did that when me and my mom went out there last February. It's just so interesting, listening to the professors and what they're teaching at Stanford. I thought that was amazing.

"For what I'm doing, I want to go into architectural engineering, architectural design, so I got to meet with my department chair. It was great just to meet with them and everything like that." As Stanford (and Carolina Panther) fans are well aware, architectural engineering is the major of quarterback Andrew Luck. Austin had a brief opportunity to chat with the star signal caller about the major they share in common.

"I got to talk to him a little bit, real briefly," Brendon said. "[Luck] said it was great, a great major to go in. It's kind of amazing Andrew Luck is doing the same kind of thing I want to do."

Naturally, Brendon had the opportunity to spend more time with Shaw, as well. Shaw mentioned a few possibilities for Stanford's next offensive line coach.

"He didn't really get into a whole lot of specifics, but there is going to be a guy out of the NFL," Brendon said. "He is looking at a couple of guys right now. The only real specifics he gave us is that one is still coaching right now [as of the visit weekend], they're still playing in the playoffs right now."

Brendon expressed confidence in Shaw's decision making.

"I'm not too worried about the situation," Brendon said. "As soon as they get it all squared away they'll let us know." Brendon seems just as confident about the future of the Cardinal program. He reports he is done with visits and is firmly committed to the Cardinal.

"Oh, I'm real solid," Brendon said. "I'm not differing at all. No, no other visits."

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