In one of this recruiting cycle's least surprising announcements, Nifae Lealao has committed to Stanford. His 2012 statistics at Sacramento's Capital Christian High School suggest that he'll be a good fit in the Cardinal's pressure-heavy defense.
"Stanford is the one that has been there the whole time," Lealao said. "They're my dream school."
The six-foot-five, 282-pound strong side defensive end recorded 87 tackles, six sacks, four blocked punts, three blocked field goals, two pass deflections, and a fumble recovery as a high school junior. Lealao shows tremendous burst on film (below) to complement his plus size from the line. He's the second defensive lineman to commit during this 2014 recruiting cycle, joining Nebraska star Harrison Phillips.
Lealao has always long been considered to be leaning heavily toward a Stanford commitment. He told The Bootleg Radio that he dreams of starting his own clothing line and using his college education to promote it internationally. He's also a basketball star at Capital Christian and says that he's open to trying his hand on the hardwood at the next level.
Stanford has now secured 16 verbal commitments in a 2014 class that is expected to finish between 20-25 signees large. The Cardinal's defensive line focus now moves to prized Texas prospect Solomon Thomas and New Jersey bruiser Kurt Holuba.
See our full Lealao commitment analysis here.
David Lombardi is the Stanford Insider for The Bootleg. Check him out at www.davidlombardisports.com and follow him on Twitter @DavidMLombardi.
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