Stanford has picked up some huge commitments in the past month in five-star offensive tackles Walker Little and Foster Sarell. The Cardinal continue to add to an impressive class that also features quarterback Davis Mills, tight end Colby Parkinson and wide receiver Osiris St. Brown.
With big visit weekend coming up, the Cardinal are sure to make their push on other playmakers, specifically on the defense, where safety Stuart Head is the only true commit on that side of the ball.
Here are some of the featured targets Stanford will set their sights on before signing day:
Connor Wedington, Athlete, #66 overall
The running back re-opened his recruitment after being a long-time Washington commit last month on the same day he was admitted to Stanford. The Cardinal will look to bring in a versatile playmaker like Wedington now that Christian McCaffrey is NFL-bound. Wedington released his top-five on New Year’s Day, and it featured the Cardinal, the Huskies, Baylor, UCLA and Notre Dame. Wedington will announce his commitment on National Signing Day.
Leonard Warner, Outside Linebacker, #195 overall
Warner has waited on making his decision until he visited Stanford. He told Chad Simmons he has waited for a “click” to happen, a moment of clarity of says “this is the place.” If that happens while on the visit, that could seal it for the Cardinal. The 6-foot-4, 224-pound linebacker is versatile enough to play multiple positions. Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech are also in his final four.
Ryan Johnson, Defensive End, #203 overall
The Under Armour All-American will have a very busy few weeks. He will be at Stanford this weekend, then will be at Notre Dame or Oregon on a mid-week official visit. He will be visiting Auburn on January 20th, will go to Texas around January 25th and then will wrap things up with Alabama.
The four-star defensive end had this to say about Stanford when talking to John Garcia:
It's a good school on the field, off the field, can't go wrong with the academics there. They've been playing really well these past few years, even though they didn't have a good a year as last year, but I feel like they'll definitely rebound next year and have a really good year. They have a really good defense as well. They're on the west coast but they kind of run an east coast, or SEC, kind of offense...they're a great program.
Paulson Adebo, Athlete, #213 overall
The defensive back and Under Armour All-American de-committed from Notre Dame this week, and the Cardinal seem to be a frontrunner for the 6-foot-1, 180-pound four-star recruit. It seems to be down to the Cardinal, Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor for him. Greg Powers provides the following analysis on Adebo:
As a defender, he has superior height and plays the corner position with confidence. In one game this season he made four consecutive plays in one-on-one coverage to help his team secure a victory. He has the knack for being able to hang with receivers and get a hand in to break up passes.
Dalyn Wade-Perry, #35 Defensive Tackle
It’s down to Stanford, Florida State and UCLA. The Cardinal had been the long-time favorite for a while, but the Seminoles and Bruins have closed the gap after he officially visited both campuses. He will be in attendance this weekend for big visit weekend. The 6-foot-3, 335-pound defensive tackle is described as a “dancing bear” by Pope John XXIII head coach Brian Carlson, doing an impressive job of mixing his size with quick feet and athleticism.
The Cardinal are hoping they can add a few of these players to the already impressive 2017 class.