The Bootleg: What is your weight, your forty, etc. currently?
Will Svitek: 247, though I'm just recovering from the stomach flu; 4.58 forty; bench 305; vertical 31; 20 shuttle 4.31
The Bootleg: Do you plan to continue as a decathlete at Stanford? (Idaho
Will Svitek: No, but I will track and field. I'll probably be a thrower in college - shot, discuss, and javelin.
The Bootleg: Did Vince Lanana take part in your recruiting? (Idaho
Will Svitek: No, but Weir did (throwing coach). He did help recruit.
The Bootleg: Would continuing in the decathlon
affect your choice of
a football position? There aren't too many 250 pound pole
vaulters that I can remember. (Idaho Spud)
Will Svitek: I don't know of any.
The Bootleg: Did the Rose Bowl influence your decision to attend
Stanford or had you pretty much made up your mind by then? (Extra
Will Svitek: I committed before the Rose Bowl. I was leaning to Stanford before but the Rose Bowl didn't hurt.
The Bootleg: How did Stanford compare with other schools in
recruiting you? (Extra Point)
Will Svitek: Stanford recruited well. Ohio St. & ASU recruited me very hard (number of letters, calls). Ohio St. did the most negative recruiting. Ohio St. called all the time and became a nuisance. Stanford sent the least amount of letters and made the least amount of calls…but when they did, they counted.
The Bootleg: Did your high school coach have any influence on your
decision to attend Stanford or not attend Stanford? (Extra
Will Svitek: My coach did not influence me toward or against any school.
The Bootleg: What exactly does Stanford do during the official visit?
Will Svitek: The visit was sweet! I came in late… early Saturday morning. I committed before I came, but made the trip to help with other recruits. I loved the faculty lunch. WOW! I gave them my major interest and then they set you up with a guy in that field. I'm talking with this guy and we were having brunch. Then he tells me off-handed that he was a Nobel prize winner. That sealed the deal. Walking around Stanford just has a different feeling than other school. Stanford players are also different. They're smart and great athletes. My host was Willie Howard. He knows everybody!
The Bootleg: Did the coaches give you a choice in what positions you
might play? (Extra Point)
Will Svitek: They say it's my choice. They plan on giving me both playbooks. They might say they need me at one position and that's fine with me. I'd like to start at TE. I think I'm better at it. The coaches know a lot more than I, though.
The Bootleg: Did the Stanford coaches make any special promises to
you? For example, you will play during your freshman year? Did
coaches from other schools make any promises? (Extra Point)
Will Svitek: At Stanford, not really; the best player plays. Other schools (Ohio St., ASU, AZ) said I will play my freshman year.
The Bootleg: How many schools attempted to recruit you? (Extra
Will Svitek: Sixty schools or more. Every Pac-10 and Big 10 school. The hardest recruiters were Ohio St. & ASU, followed by Arizona & U$C.
The Bootleg: We have had extraordinary success in recruiting tight
ends. Can you explain this? (Extra Point)
Will Svitek: I don't know…maybe because of the history.
The Bootleg: Did some schools attempt to high pressure you into a
decision? If so, what schools? (Extra Point)
Will Svitek: Ohio St! ASU also.
The Bootleg: What schools did a bad job of recruiting you? (Extra
Will Svitek: None really. Some schools I just blew off. Those that did recruit me did a pretty good job.
The Bootleg: Did you communicate with other Stanford recruits before
committing? (Extra Point)
Will Svitek: Yes on my trip I was working on recruiting other recruits. I've become good friends with Kwame.
The Bootleg: When did Stanford first contact you? (Extra Point)
Will Svitek: First letter was in the spring of my sophomore year. I started getting regular letters the beginning of my junior year.
The Bootleg: How many other schools contacted you before Stanford? (Extra
Will Svitek: They got to me early, but just different from other schools. Washington was the first. They (Stanford) were in the first 10.
The Bootleg: There is a trend in recruiting towards early commits.
What do you think of this? (Extra Point)
Will Svitek: I think it's great. If I had to do it over again, I'd commit earlier. Of course with Stanford it will take longer.
The Bootleg: Did you attend any football camps? If so, which ones? If
you went to camp at Stanford and at other schools, how did the
Stanford camp compare? (Extra Point)
Will Svitek: I did not attend any of those, but I did attend a Nike camp at U$C.
The Bootleg: Do you plan to attend Stanford during this summer? (Extra
Will Svitek: I will head up around July 25th.
The Bootleg: Have any of your friends been recruited by another
Pac-10 school, Notre Dame, or a school we will be competing
against in the near future. If so, how do you feel about this? (Extra
Will Svitek: Our QB will be going to Oregon. I think it will be fun to play against friends of mine. I know someone on every team in the Pac-10 except Oregon St.
The Bootleg: Do you plan to compete in any other sports at Stanford? (Extra
Will Svitek: Track only. I loved to play Basketball but …not enough time.
The Bootleg: What do you feel your biggest athletic challenge will be
at Stanford? (Extra Point)
Will Svitek: Just getting used to the play. I'll be going against Willie Howard. Everyone there will be a superstar.
The Bootleg: Do you feel like you could contribute this fall? (Extra
Will Svitek: I think I could but there are so many great players ahead of me I think it might be in my best interest to redshirt. It's up to the coaches.
The Bootleg: Stanford students in general do not treat football
players as they would at many football factories. How do you feel
about this? (Extra Point)
Will Svitek: I think it's cool. I don't want students to look down on me just because I got into school just because of football. Everyone at Stanford is special at something.
The Bootleg: What did others say about Stanford? (mutoo)
Will Svitek: A lot of schools would say that Stanford does not throw to the tight end. You will never exceed at football because you will be too busy studying. The funny one was: the girls at Stanford are all pale, don't shave their legs, and they study all the time.