San Diego four-star TE McNamara to visit Farm

There's still a ways to go before 2012 Signing Day arrives, but it's already clear that Westview High School (San Diego) tight end Taylor McNamara is a national recruit. A 6-foot-5, 235-pound early four-star recruit by, McNamara claims 10 offers from schools across the country.

"Right now it's ten (offers)," Taylor McNamara said. "It's Arizona, Cal, Stanford, Washington, Michigan, Ohio State, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Maryland, and Florida State."

With USC, Oregon, and Notre Dame among the schools also interested, it could be a while before McNamara narrows down his list of choices.

"I don't really have any favorites," McNamara said. "I'm trying to kind of start narrowing it down, but schools are still offering, so I'm not quite sure yet."

That said, Stanford is surely on McNamara's radar. When the Cardinal offered him a few weeks back, McNamara met with a pair of Stanford coaches for the first time.

"Coach Anderson and Coach Shaw both came down to my school a couple of times," McNamara said. "Coach Anderson is great, he's been real nice, and same with Coach Shaw. They're both great guys. They're really nice. They're interested in you as a person, which is cool, not just as a player."

McNamara will have an opportunity to get better acquainted with Shaw and Anderson in the near future, along with the rest of Stanford's coaching staff. He plans to take an unofficial visit to The Farm in a few weeks for Stanford's Junior Day.

"(My mom and I) are going up in two weeks for the Junior Day so we're excited for that," McNamara said. "I'm excited to meet with the professors and coaches and whole staff and get familiar with them."

McNamara said he is particularly excited about meeting with Stanford professors in his prospective major field.

"I'm excited to meet with the professors," McNamara said. "I'm going to get to meet some of the journalism and broadcasting professors."

While the trip could help improve Stanford's position with McNamara, he already views the Cardinal in a positive light.

"Obviously the academics stick out, my mom is really excited about that school, and I am too."

Of course, Stanford will have face stiff competition in the race of McNamara's signature. Schools across the country are recruiting the tight end for his combination of size, speed, and hands.

"I'd just say I'm big, I can run and can catch the ball pretty well," McNamara said of his appeal to colleges. "They're all recruiting me as a tight end."

When it does come time for McNamara to narrow down his choices and make a decision, he will look for a program with a strong academic/athletic combination that features the tight end in its offense.

"I guess just an offense I fit into, coaches who care about you as a person, and a school with good academics." McNamara said. "Stanford uses the tight end really well, Arizona used it well with Rob Gronkowsi, so schools who know how to use them, and not getting stuck as a blocker."

McNamara will have plenty of time to evaluate his options, however. He doesn't plan on making a college decision any time soon.

"I'm definitely going to take my officials because some of the schools are so far away," McNamara said. "I want to give them all a fair chance and make my decision. You never know what's going to happen, but that's the plan right now."

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