"I've been waiting for this news for a long time now with signing day just a few days away," Madhu said. "It's definitely been some great news to hear."
Madhu admits waiting for a decision began to take a toll.
"Having to wait a little longer than expected that I was admitted was kind of stressful," Madhu said. "It got to the point where I started to look at maybe considering some other schools, getting ready to go in another direction because I didn't want to be stuck at the last second with signing day only a week away. But the coaches at Stanford and my family just told me to stay in there, just be patient, and everything will work itself out. It was tough, definitely, seeing that other people have been denied by Stanford. Great guys, great recruits we went after, sadly did get denied. You always have that question of doubt in the back of your mind, but I'm glad everything worked out the way it did."
Since he took his official visit to Stanford a few weekends back, Madhu has hosted several Cardinal coaches for in-home visits. Shaw and Madhu's regional recruiter, Mike Bloomgren, visited last week.
"It was great," Madhu said of Shaw's visit. "He just wanted to get in my house, be around my family. He's met them out at Stanford but he just wanted to get a vibe of I guess my everyday living at home. That went great. Coach Bloomgren, the offensive run-game coordinator and my recruiting coach was with him as well, so we just had dinner here and hung out and it was great."
Shaw's trip was followed up by a visit from Mason on Monday.
"We've talked ball, we've been on the practice field together, we've been together when I've been seeing the perks of the school, but visits like this are kind of get to know each other," Madhu said.
The Stanford coaches shared their plans for Madhu's first year on campus during those meetings.
"Yeah we talked a little bit about [playing as a true freshman]," Madhu said. "Basically I'm not promised anything. I don't think anyone wants to be promised anything. I'm going to go in there like any other soon-to-be-freshman and hopefully try to get a spot. I'm not expecting a spot or anything like that. I'm just going to go in there and try to knock some people around."
With news of his admission to Stanford, Madhu anticipates signing with the Cardinal in a ceremony at his school next week.
"Yeah, things are looking pretty good right now," Madhu said. "I can't remember which sports actually do sign, but I know football will have a few guys there. All the local news crews will be there. It'll be a big deal.
"It would be a surprise to not see me in a Cardinal hat on Feb. 1."
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