Davis Mills (Photo by Chad Simmons, Scout)

It may be a small group, but it is talented and could be one of the best in the school's history.

Without further ado, the Cardinal's 2017 scholarship football players:

Sione Lund, four-stars, #25 athlete, Salt Lake City, Utah, committed 12/4/15


Lund made plays on both sides of the ball in high school and is slated to assume a fullback-type role. He rushed for 1,250 yards and 12 touchdowns and 259 receiving yards with three scores, both team leads, in 2016.

“Lund is a strong power back that looks physically ready to handle the demands of the college game. He showed good agility throughout the Polynesian Bowl practices and, aside from showing patience as a ball carrier, has some deceptive wiggle that makes him tough to bring down. Lund might start out as a situational back that the Cardinal could trot on there on short-yardage plays but, if he gets even bigger, could certainly find a role at fullback or H-back. He plants his feet well when he needs to turn up field and also shows the ability to lower his shoulder to pick up the tough yards.” – Blair Angulo

Colby Parkinson, four-star tight end, #1 TE, #45 overall, Westlake Village, CA, committed 12/19/15


Parkinson is the top tight end in the country, and the Cardinal have high hopes for this playmaker. In high school, he accumulated 1,231 yards and seven touchdowns. He performed well in The Opening and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and used that time to work on his blocking. He has also been one of Stanford’s most relentless recruiters since committing, who was constantly in the ear of Stanford commits Walker Little, Foster Sarell and Connor Wedington when they were still undecided. Parkinson was offered by the likes of Alabama after he committed, but you wouldn’t have known it because he wouldn’t even share on social media any offers after he pledged to the Cardinal. 

“Parkinson has the prototype tight end frame at 6-6 and plenty of room to add as much size as he'll need. He's a natural pass catcher with soft hands and does a nice job catching the football in traffic, through contact. For a player his size, he runs well and can make plays down the field. He also runs well after the catch and is more than just a possession guy. He's a solid blocker right now and this is one aspect of his game we think can get even better as he gains more size and strength. He has a lot of upside and should continue Stanford's strong run of producing high quality tight ends.” - Greg Biggins

Stuart Head, three-star safety, #51 safety, Woodstock, GA, committed 12/24/15


Head is a big safety, who can get to the football. He is a presence in the secondary, standing at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds. Perhaps the best description of Head comes from Stanford defensive back coach Duane Akina: “Stuart is the next big bad wolf to establish the middle of the field.” 

Head is a football player. He has a very high football I.Q. and he is always aware on the football field. His size really jumps out and he is one who can cover a good bit of ground. He has length and he has a big catch radius, so he gets his hands on a lot of footballs. He comes downhill and really supports the run well. He takes good angles to the ball and he tackles with authority. He is best when moving north-south than east-west. He plays the ball well when keeping things in front, but he can improve his coverage and playing against receivers. He is best when playing the ball and playing inside the box.” – Chad Simmons

Tucker Fisk, three-star tight end, #39 TE, Davis, CA, committed 2/29/16


Where Parkinson is the pass-catcher, Fisk is the blocker. The Stanford legacy player prides himself on putting his hand in the ground and putting defenders on their butt. Fisk was a star on both sides of the ball for Davis High School, catching 39 passes for 439 and four touchdowns, all team-highs. He was also the team’s leading tackler with 73 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. Fisk is a Stanford legacy, his father, Jason, played defensive tackle for the Cardinal and was an 11-year NFL veteran, who played with David Shaw at Stanford. 

“Fisk is arguably the most physical tight end out west and is a throwback to the days when tight ends were blockers first, pass catchers second. That’s not to say Fisk can’t catch, he’s a dependable receiver who we envision as a solid possession type tight end who a quarterback can go to on key third down plays. We love the physicality he plays with and feels he fits in very well in Stanford’s multi-tight end offense and is an excellent complement to fellow TE commit Colby Parkinson.” – Greg Biggins

Davis Mills, five-star quarterback, #1 QB, #6 overall, Norcross, GA, committed 3/15/16


The top quarterback in the 2017 class is the first five-star signal-caller the Cardinal have landed since Andrew Luck (we assume that won’t be the first comparison between the two). Mills has pinpoint accuracy, throwing for 66 touchdowns and just ten interceptions in three years at Greater Atlanta Christian (34-1 in his senior year). Mills can also get it down with his legs, rushing for 898 yards and 23 touchdowns in his three year-career. Mills has shown he is durable as well. To start the year, he had a knee injury that was supposed to sideline him for months, but he was back on the field in a matter of weeks. He also hurt his knee after taking a hit during 3A state championship that made him sit out the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a precaution. 

“I don’t want to make major comparisons, because a lot of times it’s unfair, but he’s the closer thing to Andrew Luck that I’ve seen in the high school ranks, going to college these last couple years.” – Brandon Huffman 

“Mills is a very efficient passer. His passes are very catchable, he throws with good timing, and he just knows where to put the football. He can force some balls at times, but he will improve with that over time. He has a nice release, the ball comes out spinning tight, and he throws with very good accuracy. He really plays the game at a good pace and never seems overwhelmed. Smart and aware with good command as well.” – Chad Simmons

Osiris St. Brown, four-star wide receiver, #17 WR, #108 overall, Santa Ana, CA, committed 8/05/2016


The 6-foot-2 wideout comes from Mater Dei, the same school as 2016 Cardinal commit Curtis Robinson, where he was one of the most dominant receivers in California. In two years, St. Brown accumulated over 2,000 yards and 31 touchdowns. He was also the first commitment in about five months when he committed to the Cardinal back in August. St. Brown is the middle brother of the talented trio of wide receivers. His older brother, Equanimeous St. Brown, was Notre Dame’s leading receiver in 2016, and his younger brother, Amon-Ra, is one of 2018’s top recruits. 

“St. Brown is a smooth receiver with great hands and very good body control. He runs very good routes, catches everything away from his body and shows the ability to run after the catch. He's a smart football player who knows how to get open, when to break off a route and when to settle in to a zone. He does a nice job catching the ball at it's highest point and is very good in jump ball situations. He needs to continue to get stronger and work on his top end speed but he has all the tools to be an impact college receiver.” - Greg Biggins

Drew Dalman, three-star center, #7 C, Salinas, CA, committed 8/30/16


Dalman was the first offensive line commitment of a group that could go down as the best in Cardinal history. The 6-foot-3, 255-pound guard is slated to play center at the next level and is a Cardinal legacy.  His father, Chris Dalman, was a Stanford offensive lineman and Cardinal assistant coach. Dalman brings a coach’s perspective to the field and will be making plays for the interior line for years to come. 

“While he may be overshadowed by Foster Sarell and Walker Little, Dalman is a talent in his own right.  He played mostly guard in high school but we project him as a center in college.   He’s one of the most technically sound interior prospects we’ve seen in this class, not surprising knowing he’s the son of an offensive line coach.  He’s a punishing run blocker, constantly finishing his blocks with aggression and does a great job getting to the second level.  With some physical growth, he should make an impact sooner rather than later for the Cardinal.” – Brandon Huffman

Walker Little, five-star offensive tackle, #2 OT, #4 overall, Bellaire, TX, committed 12/16/16


The #2 offensive tackle in the class was flat-out dominant at Bellaire Episcopal High School. Little was the first commit of a strong final six weeks for the Cardinal that added seven players to solidify the class. Little attended The Opening and was a U.S. Army All-American selection, where he stood out as one of Scout’s top performers. 

“Little is an elite offensive tackle prospect who will have extensive high school starting experience once he reaches the Power Five conference level. Great size. Possesses height and length to add even more weight in college. Prototype offensive tackle build. Aggressive run-blocker who finishes his blocks. Plays through whistle. Impressive balance and foot quickness. Usually shows good knee-bend, but at times huge frame can compromise leverage/pad level. Must be ready to acclimate to a significant jump in competition going from private school football in Texas (a state ruled by public schools) to Power Five college level. Possesses very high ceiling as pass protector. Little is one of the nation's top offensive tackle prospects for the 2017 recruiting cycle.” – Gabe Brooks

Foster Sarell, five-star offensive tackle, #1 OT, #2 overall, Graham, WA committed 1/7/17 


One elite offensive tackle is good, but two is better. Sarell committed to the Cardinal during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl broadcast, and that sealed a Cardinal class that featured three of the top six recruits in the class, the first time that has happened in the Scout database (created in 2002.) Sarell went up against the nation’s best time and again and at the very least delivered and often times dominated. 

“Sarell looks like a college lineman right now and checks off every box you could want in a next level player. He's a natural tackle prospect with the feet and athleticism to play on the left side but also has the toughness and nastiness to play just about anywhere on the line. He has a basketball background and it's obvious when you see him play because of how coordinated he is and how well he moves around. His upside is tremendous.”- Biggins

Dalyn Wade-Perry, three-star defensive tackle, #36 DT, Sparta, NJ, committed 1/15/17


“D-Wade” as his friends and coaches call him is an absolute force at 6-foot-3 and 335 pounds. His high school coach Brian Carlson describes him as a “dancing bear” because of his size and agility. The three-star commit logged 64 tackles and 11 sacks his senior year, which was against some of the best programs in the state of New Jersey. The next step, according to Carlson, for Wade-Perry will be to get in the weight room and transform his body to a Pac-12 standout. 

“Wade-Perry is a disruptive force in the middle of the line of scrimmage. He fires off the ball quickly, and he uses his hands well to disengage. He plays with a low pad level, and he uses his combination of get-off and power to overwhelm the offensive lineman. He has the athleticism to change direction and make tackles in space, and he has a high motor. He has the ability to take on a double team, and still make a play.” -- Brian Dohn

Paulson Adebo, four-star athlete, #7 ATH, #125 overall, Mansfield, TX, committed 1/16/17


While many have over the top ceremonies to announce their commitments, Adebo let everyone know he had committed through a simple Twitter profile change. Adebo was a longtime Notre Dame commit but re-opened things earlier this year. Shortly after visiting campus, Adebo made his commitment. He is the #7 athlete in the country and is slated to play defensive back.

“Paulson Adebo is a two-way athlete who could legitimately play defensive back or wide receiver in college and would be a plus-level recruit on either side of the football, which is why we have classified Adebo as an athlete prospect . As a defender, he has superior height and plays the corner position with confidence. We've seen him make 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. On offense, he is a home-run hitter with plus size who can stretch the field vertically. Adebo is very smooth and has a second gear that allows him to run by defenders in the open field or when racing down a deep ball. Overall, Adebo is without a doubt a high-major prospect who could succeed in Power Five football on either side of the line of scrimmage.” - Greg Powers and Gabe Brooks

Levani Damuni, three-star outside linebacker, #78 OLB, Millville, UT, committed 1/21/17


The outside linebacker earned an offer from Stanford this fall, and the Cardinal instantly became a contender for his commitment. Damuni made his commitment at the Polynesian Bowl this month, becoming the third defensive player to commit in January (the Cardinal then added Ryan Johnson a few days later). The #10 linebacker in the West has a nose for the football and will be going on a two-year LDS mission before heading to campus.

“Damuni played a number of roles at the high school level, but he projects best at outside linebacker given his ability to track ball carriers and wreak havoc on the perimeter. He is physical, tough and more than capable as a tackler. Damuni could also cover down field and should be a versatile asset for Stanford's defense down the road.” – Blair Angulo 

Connor Wedington, four-star athlete, #4 ATH, #77 overall, Sumner, WA, committed 1/30/17


Wedington will assume a role similar to Christian McCaffrey’s, being a versatile weapon in the offense and special teams. The four-star commit was a longtime Washington commitment until mid-December when he was admitted into Stanford. Wedington rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns and added 275 receiving yards and three more scores. 

He is also a five-star snowboarder:


“Wedington is the top athlete prospect in the West in the 2017 class, a Scout 100 prospect.  The jump he made from his junior season to the spring of his junior year was big.  The jump from the spring to the fall? Even bigger.  He was the most explosive playmaker in the Northwest in this class, a legitimate threat to break one every time he touched the ball.  He’ll play offense at Stanford and the Cardinal coaches told him they want to use him like they did Christian McCaffrey, running the ball, catching the ball out of the backfield and returning kicks and punts.” - Huffman

Ryan Johnson, four-star defensive end, #17 DE, #210 overall, Mobile, AL, committed 1/30/17


Johnson provides an edge rush that Stanford fans have become so fond of seeing from Solomon Thomas. The four-star defensive end had a busy January, visiting Stanford, Auburn and Texas. Johnson was named an Under Armour All-American and had 70 tackles and seven sacks his senior year. Paired with Dalyn Wade-Perry, these two will look to make an impact on the defensive line for years to come. 

"Ryan Johnson has what it takes to play in just about any defensive scheme someone can drum up. Physically he's around 6-4, 250 pounds and he has considerable experience both on the interior and on the edge of a defensive line, with plenty of success at either spot. On the outside he's strong at the point of attack, can seal an edge, and will flash old-school pass rushing ability while proving stout and smart on the interior. Johnson will likely need to grow into a full-time interior lineman down the road, but has the frame to do just that. He could easily be 6-4, 295 in just a few years under the guidance of Stanford's strength and conditioning staff." - John Garcia

The Cardinal class ranks 24th in the nation. Their 14 commits average star rating is 3.86, tied for fourth in the nation. 

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