All-American prospect preview

Over the next few weeks, many of the nation's top high school football prospects will be playing in All-Star games across the country. Several of the contests will be aired on national television, so Stanford recruitniks can get an early glimpse at the future of Cardinal football.

Read on for a comprehensive breakdown of Stanford's recruiting prospects that will play in the major All-American bowl games.

Offense/Defense Bowl
Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
The Texas Channel (Replays will be available on Youtube a few days after the game as well.)

Stanford commits
Ikenna Nwafor, DT – Nwafor was a late addition to the Offense/Defense Bowl game, but has been impressive in practices, according to reports. The defensive tackle, who skyrocketed in the Scout.com rankings following his senior season, is a solid commit to the Cardinal and will take his official visit to Palo Alto next month for Stanford's mid-January recruiting weekend.

Stanford targets
Brandon Fanaika, OL -- The three-star offensive lineman from Utah will take an official visit to The Farm for the Cardinal's big recruiting weekend in mid-January. Reports indicate he may announce his decision during the game, and if so, the Cardinal figures to be in good position to land his commitment.

Semper Fidelis Bowl
Jan. 3, 3:00 p.m.
CBS College Sports

Stanford commits
Jordan Watkins, DL – A four-star defensive lineman Stanford pulled from SEC country, Watkins was a big catch for the Cardinal over summer. Watkins found out he was admitted to Stanford last month, and took an official trip for the Notre Dame game. He plans to take an unofficial visit next month for Stanford's mid-January recruiting weekend.

Stanford targets
Bam Bradley, S – The three-star defensive back from Ohio has an offer from the Cardinal and visited officially last month for the Oregon game. Bradley has yet to announce a date on which he plans to make a commitment, but the Cardinal will compete with Pitt, Michigan State, and Ohio State for his signature.

Jeremiah Allison, LB – A sack artist from Southern California, Allison doesn't currently hold an offer from Stanford, but still holds the Cardinal in high esteem. The two sides have reportedly kept in close contact, and it wouldn't be a shock to see Stanford eventually extend Allison an offer.

U.S. Army All American Bowl
Jan. 7, 10:00 a.m.
NBC

Stanford commits
Graham Shuler, OL – Since committing to Stanford over the summer, Shuler's recruiting stock has risen dramatically. He earned a bump in the national rankings to four stars by both Rivals.com and Scout.com, was one of a handful of players named First-Team All-American by Rivals.com, and earned an offer from the defending national champion Auburn Tigers. Shuler will take his official visit to Stanford next month.

Alex Carter, DB – The first commit to Stanford's 2012 recruiting class, Carter was named Virginia's Gatorade Player of the Year following an outstanding senior season. The four-star defensive back took his official to The Farm for the Oregon game, and remains a solid Stanford commit.

Luke Kaumatule, DL – Kaumatule tore his ACL earlier this season and had surgery earlier this month, so he'll be forced to sit out the Army game, but will still be in attendance. Kaumatule is still solidly committed to Stanford, but will take official visits to several other schools as he awaits the results of Stanford's admissions process.

Stanford targets
Aziz Shittu, DL – The onetime Stanford commit is still interested in the Cardinal and will reportedly take his official visit to The Farm in mid-January for Stanford's big recruiting weekend. The Cardinal is in Shittu's final-four along with Cal, USC, and UCLA.

Barry Sanders, RB – Sanders took an official visit to Stanford in early October for the UCLA game. The four-star back lists Stanford, Oklahoma State, Florida State, and Alabama as his top-four, and the Cardinal are in great shape to land his commitment. Sanders will reportedly announce his choice during the game.

Kyle Murphy, OT -- While information about the five-star lineman's recruitment has been tough to come by as of late, Stanford is one of the favorites for Murphy, who has taken several unofficial visits to Stanford over the past year. Murphy is expected to take official visits to Stanford, USC, and possibly Cal (he's already visited Oregon and Florida officially) before making a decision.

Under Armour All American Game
Jan, 5, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
ESPN

Stanford commits
Noor Davis, LB – Davis reaffirmed his Stanford commitment earlier this month after taking official visits to a number of other schools. He will team up with top Stanford target Ifeadi Odenigbo on the same Under Armour team to form a speedy pass-rushing tandem. Stanford fans hope the duo will do the same starting next season on The Farm.

Stanford targets
Ifeadi Odenigbo, LB – The speedy four-star recruit took his official visit to Stanford for the Oregon game last month. Odenigbo revealed his top three schools – Stanford, Northwestern, and Notre Dame – earlier in the recruiting process, and plans to announce his commitment on Jan. 7.

Andrus Peat, OL – Peat is the younger brother of Todd Peat Jr., a four-star defensive tackle from the class of 2011 that signed with Nebraska. As such, the Huskers are one of the four favorites for Andrus Peat, along with Stanford, USC, and Florida State. Andrus has no timetable for making his commitment.

Jameis Winston, QB – There have been rumblings that Winston, a longtime Florida State commit, will take an official visit to Stanford next month for the Cardinal's big recruiting weekend. Alabama is also rumored to be in the mix if Winston decides to change his commitment.

Josh Garnett, OL – Earlier this month, Garnett trimmed his list of possible destinations to three – Michigan, Notre Dame, and Stanford, cutting the hometown Washington Huskies in the process. Garnett, who has taken several unofficial trips to Palo Alto in the past year, will make his official visit to Stanford in mid-January before announcing his commitment later next month.


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