Stanford’s sterling offseason rolled on Sunday evening when several sources confirmed that Cormac Ryan, a 6’5” combo guard originally from Manhattan but currently enrolled at Milton Academy in Massachusetts, committed to Coach Jerod Haase’s program and becomes the first Class of ‘18 recruit to do so.
Ryan’s credentials are reason enough to be enthused about his commitment. Per Scout, he’s ranked 58th overall in his class and he’s the 11th-rated shooting guard. At 6’5” he’s a dead-eye shooter, further addressing a need Coach Haase inherited when he took over for Coach Johnny Dawkins over a year ago.
Ryan told the New York Post that Stanford has recruited him as a point guard first, though it’s clear at this point that he’s comfortable playing at either guard, extending a firm resolve on the part of the Cardinal coaches to build as versatile a roster as possible.
However, the biggest takeaway may be that Stanford has secured a commitment from the designated top recruit in the class. The Cardinal leadership has now re-established the program as a destination for top recruits. Stanford now operates from a position of strength when pursuing recruits, and Ryan’s signing is more evidence that recruits are buying what the coaches are selling.
Stanford continues its focus on Class of ‘18. Keenan Fitzmorris, J’Raan Brooks, Jahvon Quinerly, and Brendan Adams remain high priorities for the Cardinal.
Program building happens step by step, and there are no shortcuts, though nobody who has ever talked to Coach Haase would expect that he’d take them. Stanford is rolling through the offseason, and there is a foundation currently under construction that Cardinal fans should be eagerly anticipating for 2018 and beyond.