The running game has been a staple of the Stanford offense. From Toby Gerhart to Christian McCaffrey, the Cardinal have churned out yards, pancake blocks and touchdowns using their brute force along the line and the plethora of versatile backs.
That was one of the draws to Stanford running back commit Sione Heimuli-Lund.
"Stanford is Stanford. I'm winning no matter what." the four-star recruit said. "The football program speaks for itself, and it is just something I was looking for - to provide with the best degree with the best whenever I went, and Stanford offered that."
Heimuli-Lund makes plays as a running back/fullback and a linebacker for Brighton High School in Salt Lake City, UT. He said the Cardinal recruited him as a running back, and he is more of a Gerhart than McCaffrey in terms of running style.
"I would say I'm pretty diverse. I catch the ball well and I'm fast for my size. I'm a downhill back for sure. Once I get going, it's pretty hard to stop."
Regardless, the "power back" is excited to pack a punch after the notoriously thorough offensive line clears the way for him.
"That offense is something I always wanted to be in, and that's the type of offense I'm built for," Heimuli-Lund said. "With the school I'm at right now, we have great players, a great line. I'm getting excited to get behind the really big boys and see what I can do."
Heimuli-Lund was the first verbal commit of the 2017 class for the Cardinal. He holds offers from most of the Pac-12 and still hears from schools, reports have come out that Michigan talks to him consistently, but he says he remains loyal to Stanford.
As a member of the LDS church, Heimuli-Lund has been debating on if he would go on a mission after high school. He said he thinks he will pursue that option, and the mission will be for two years. He added Stanford has been nothing but supportive throughout the decision-making process.
For now, he is using his senior year to improve his game.
"(I'm focused on) that first step and that burst. Getting quicker, maintaining my weight and get faster," Heimuli-Lund said.
Through various junior day events and the power of social media, he has been able to meet fellow Stanford commits and targets and has enjoyed building up those relationships before he heads off to college.
"These are the type of kids I want to surround myself with and I'm excited I get to go to school with them. They're all gifted guys and they're all bright. They are good football players and better people," he said.
"I'm glad I'm playing so I can build those relationships."