For class of 2017 walk-on Kyle McCombs, Stanford was always on his radar. His older brother, Jeff Trojan, played for the Cardinal from 2010-14.
“There's really no place like it in the world,” McCombs said. “I've been up there multiple times visiting my brother when he went there and I just felt at home.”
While Stanford has been the dream, it certainly took a lot of thought for the 6-foot5, 230-pound tight end and his family to go this route while the tight end held offers from Army, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah State.
"After multiple conversations with my parents and just some eye-opening experiences, I realize that the payout from going to Stanford and having that degree is going to be a lot better than going to a place where I have a free education,” McCombs said.
The St. John Bosco product has refined his blocking skills over the years and is ready to be unleashed as a pass-catcher at The Farm.
“I was basically an extension of the offense of line for most of my high school career,” McCombs said. “I'm very excited to be going up to Stanford and be involved in the passing game a little bit more but still be able to block and get in the trenches with the big O-line guys.”
McCombs spent his first two years of his high school career at another school before transferring to St. John Bosco, which required McCombs to take on new responsibility just to get to school.
“I grew so much as a player and as a person. I had to take on responsibilities that I never would have thought of before when I was in high school,” McCombs said. “I ended up having to drive an hour to school and taking on all those responsibilities and making sure I get all my work done and still being academically capable and excelling in the classroom and still be good on the football field.”
McCombs is hopeful that maturation will help him hit the ground running when he makes his way to Stanford.