Tigard (Ore.) defensive back Braden Lenzy continues his busy stretch from this past summer to the football season. This fall, the class of 2018 recruit has made visits to in-state Oregon, Oregon State as well as Cal and Stanford. Lenzy made his way to The Farm when the Cardinal beat Oregon State 26-15 earlier this month.
Lenzy has said getting to see the campuses up close has been helpful in his process.
“You can actually see with your eyes what it would be like,” Lenzy said. “I think it's a very useful thing as a recruit to see a game in-person, be in the atmosphere that the game can offer.”
Stanford’s academic allure is certainly a draw for most recruits, but it also can provide stress when thinking about balancing football and school. The visit helped Lenzy see he could handle the workload of being a student-athlete for the Cardinal.
“I can definitely feel more comfortable with Stanford because I feel like I really love football and want to be successful in football,” Lenzy said. “And I'm a good student, but am I good enough to be successful in football and school? Will it be too hard? Those were the questions that were on my mind and I think getting there…that is attainable and it's very doable because the community at Stanford is very helpful.”
Lenzy said he was surprised by the crowd at that game, saying it was smaller than he anticipated. But he said it wouldn’t play much of an impact on his feelings toward Stanford.
“Being a football player, I'm not really focused on the fans when I'm playing football,” Lenzy said. “As far as being a football player there, you probably don't even notice, spectating, I noticed.”
“Just watching the play on the field and the sideline, it was a very hyped-up game so that was fun. When you're on the field...It's just football.”
Overall, Lenzy said it was a productive trip and both him and his father, who joined him on the trip, walked away impressed with Stanford as a whole.
“I think any parent, when given to opportunity to play at a university as prestigious as Stanford and still get that aspect of great football, I think would love it,” Lenzy said. “So I think he is a huge fan of Stanford and if I wanted to go there, he would be down, If not, he would understand...I think he tries to keep his opinions to himself until I really ask but I think he would like Stanford.”