Stanford had a historically good class in 2017, bringing in three-five stars, and three of the top six recruits (the first time that has happened for any time in the Scout database).
With their class basically wrapped up on January 30th with commitments from Connor Wedington and Ryan Johnson, the Cardinal wasted no time getting a jump on the 2018 class.
The Cardinal had sent out offers to a few players before the 2017 class wrapped up:
Tyreke Johnson, five-star CB, Jacksonville, FL
Amon-Ra St. Brown, five-star WR, Santa Ana, CA
Max Wright, four-star DE, Katy, TX
Solomon Tuliaupupu, four-star OLB, Santa Ana, CA
Braden Lenzy, four-star CB, Tigard, OR
James Ohonba, four-star OG, Stockbridge, GA
Jack West, four-star QB, Saraland, AL (Commit)
Once they had the 2017 class essentially wrapped up, they began their big push on the 2018 class, starting with the offense:
Jamaree Salyer, five-star OG, Atlanta, GA
The Cardinal nabbed the top two tackles in the 2017 class in Foster Sarell and Walker Little. Add interior lineman Drew Dalman, and they have set themselves up on the offensive line for the next few years. It makes sense they would continue that trend with the top guard in the upcoming class. Salyer holds offers from Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon and Tennessee, along with many others.
Justus Woods, three-star RB, Charlotte, NC
Stanford earned a commitment from Connor Wedington in the 2017 class. It is planned he will assume the role Christian McCaffrey had as a versatile playmaker on offense and in special teams. Woods, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound running back is a bit more Gerhardt than McCaffrey. He is a punishing running back who can catch the ball out of the backfield. In 2016, he rushed for 907 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns, adding six more as a receiver. He would be a nice complement to Wedington and Bryce Love's styles.
Jeremy Ruckert, four-star tight end, Lindenhurst, NY
Stanford earned commitments from elite tight ends in Kaden Smith, Colby Parkinson and Tucker Fisk, who is one of the best blocking tight ends in the 2017 class, the past two years. When you think Stanford, you think big-bodied tight ends so it makes sense to continue that trend by extending an offer to Ruckert. At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, has the build for tight end and holds offers from Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin among others.
The 2017 class was pretty offense-centric, with 10 of the 14 commits on the offense. Ryan Johnson, Dalyn Wade-Perry and Stuart Head will be the defense commits on-campus this summer, and outside linebacker Levani Damuni will join the team after taking his two-year LDS mission. Four-star athlete Sione Lund also has the capability to play linebacker if needed.
Expect 2018 to be a class that is more focused on defense. They have already offered the likes of cornerback Tyreke Johnson and defensive end Max Wright and have offered the following 2018 defensive players in the past few days as well.
K.J. Henry, four-star DE, Clemmons, NC
The #8 defensive end in 2018 is a long defender who moves well off the line. He is a big body at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds and will focus on his strength as well as his technique in the coming year. Henry has over 20 offers, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
Dax Hollifield, four-star ILB, Shelby, NC
The Cardinal recruited a linebacker out of Shelby, NC, last season in Justin Foster. While Stanford was among the finalists, Foster chose Clemson. The Cardinal returned to Shelby to offer inside linebacker Dax Hollifield. South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia Tech are the early frontrunners for the linebacker. According to Shelby’s MaxPreps site, Hollifield notched 146 tackles and 18 tackles his junior year.
Jesse Luketa, three-star outside linebacker, Erie, PA
Luketa committed to Penn State on Feb. 3, two days after receiving an offer from the Cardinal. In his junior season, he had 69 tackles, five tackles for loss and four interceptions. Luketa was offered by much of the Big Ten and ACC.
Damone Clark, four-star ILB, Baton Rouge, LA
Clark is an LSU commit who also holds offers from Colorado, Florida, Miami and Mississippi State. He is the top inside linebacker in the 2018 class.
Shayne Simon, four-star S, Jersey City, NJ
Simon has added offers from Ohio State, Northwester, UCLA, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Duke and Stanford since January 15th. Simon had 55 tackles, four tackles for loss, four sacks and four interceptions according to MaxPreps.
Kyler Gordon, four-star CB, Everett, WA
Like Simon, Gordon has seen his recruitment heat up as of late. TCU, Utah, Cal, Stanford have offered in the last few weeks. He is Washington’s top cornerback and #5 in the West.
Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, CB, Spring Branch, TX
The cornerback has drawn offers from Missouri, Oklahoma State, Southern Methodist, Stanford, TCU, UTSA, Tulsa, Vanderbilt and Virginia. He stands at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds.
Malone Mataele, four-star ATH, Santa Margarita, CA
Mataele is one of Greg Biggins’ favorite recruits in this class and has the capabilities to play on either side of the ball. Mataele holds offers from Arizona, BYU, Colorado, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Virginia and Washington State.