Madhu talks Stanford official

Plant High School (Tampa, Fla.) safety Drew Madhu committed to Stanford soon after camping with the Cardinal last June. Last weekend, the three-star finally got to visit Palo Alto without the burden of trying to earn a scholarship.

"Basically last summer I was there to earn a scholarship, to impress the coaches," Drew Madhu said. "This time, of course, now having that scholarship, I really got to open my eyes, check out the school as a whole, and really bond with the guys."

Madhu made the trip with his parents, little brother, and grandmother, who lives in India, but is spending a few months with Madhu and his family in the United States before he departs for school.

Madhu particularly enjoyed getting to spend time with his fellow Cardinal commits and recruits.

"It was definitely great," Madhu said. "We all communicate over Facebook, social networking, has been great, but you get along with everybody on Facebook. You don't have any enemies at all. So when you meet everyone you hope it goes smooth, and it did. Everyone got along great, even from the kids who aren't committed and we're trying to get committed, kids like Kyle Murphy and Josh Garnett. Zach Hoffpauir, I got to talk with him a lot, we're hoping he can get over to Stanford. It would be great."

Madhu did a little recruiting of his own during the visit.

"I really targeted Jameis and Zach, because they're the guys who have committed other places but we're still trying to come over to California," Madhu said. "Of course me being a Florida boy, I love Florida, but I was trying to downplay it a little bit for Jameis, just tell him from what I've seen in California, I'm liking it a lot more. If we were to get him, it would be great for us. We need a quarterback in this class. He knows our quarterback situation.

"With the season Stanford had last year, this past year, we believe this could be one of the best recruiting classes we've had in a long while."

In addition to partcipating in the usual visit tours, meetings, and activities, Madhu met with Stanford co-defensive coordinator Derek Mason to discuss his role in Stanford's defense.

"I got to spend a lot of time with the co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Derek Mason," Madhu said. "We did a lot of board work, film, and it was really nice to see their schemes and how I myself would be used. I feel I fit in real great in his schemes."

Now, all that's left before Madhu signs with Stanford on Feb. 1 is Stanford's admissions process. The three-star recruit hopes to receive a decision early next week.

"I hoped I'd hear back by now, but what the deal was we had to get my semester grades in and with me just finishing up exams [earlier this week]," Madhu said. "I was out of school last Friday so I had to make up two this week. [Friday] I'll get all of my semester grades over to Stanford and we should be finding out probably early next week, just due to I'm sure the admissions office will be breaking this weekend."

Madhu admits to be being somewhat anxious about the admissions process, but maintains a solid commitment to the Cardinal, assuming he's qualifies for the school.

"I'm a little nervous right now, just not having heard back from admissions yet and signing day is coming around the corner, but of course they know where I stand and that I want to be there," Madhu said. "Hopefully everything can come together.

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