For those of you who have enjoyed following Stanford Football recruiting, either during the past several decades or perhaps just during more recent cycles, we thought you might enjoy seeing the original release put out at the time by Gary Cavalli and his Stanford Sports Information Department profiling the 1979 Stanford Football recruiting class, a talented group that was highlighted by a handful of blue-chippers from Southern California and headlined of course by a strong-armed future Hall of Famer in Granada Hills High School's incomparable John Elway, who was ranked as the consensus #1 QB prospect in the nation. The Elway recruiting battle came down to Stanford, USC, San Jose State (where his dad was head coach), Missouri (say what?), Washington and Notre Dame. "John picked Stanford because of its passing game and the educational opportunities", his father Jack said at the time, "...and USC already had seven quarterbacks".
Stanford Coach Rod Dowhower saw no problem with Elway's signing as it related to his four quarterbacks (including Grayson Rogers and Babe Laufenberg, who had been recruited to follow senior Turk Schonert). "There's no animosity" Dowhower said, "absolutely none whatsoever". Is any redshirting or transferring expected, Coach? "Nobody's said anything to me about it".... And. of course, both Rogers and Laufenberg immediately transferred! Unfortunately, Dowhower would too often be out of the loop on things and would only stay one season (5-5-1), a roller coaster of a campaign that would benefit from huge contributions (and be hampered due to inexperience) by this '79 incoming freshman class.
Looking back, one of the things that stands out is that to this day, many of these guys still manage to attend Stanford Football games on a pretty regular basis (Steve Aimonetti, Mike Dotterer, Chris Dressel, Greg Hooper, Mike Teeuws (now "Tevis"), Mike Tolliver, Gary Wimmer, etc.)
By favorite line is the one describing tailback and 1977 & 1978 "Colorado Player of the Year" Vincent White as having "the same dimensions as current Stanford star Darrin Nelson". Hey, c'mon now, they may have each been "listed" at 5-8, 175, but I sincerely doubt you would get many folks to claim they represented the "same" dimensions!
1979 Letter of Intent Press Release: Page 1
1979 Letter of Intent Press Release: Page 2
1979 Letter of Intent Press Release: Page 3
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