Maynor Makes Commitment to Card

Stanford fans have been murmuring all year their concerns that the Cardinal might not sign a linebacker in this 2004 recruiting class. Cardinalmaniacs have also wondered about a slight dropoff in names on the recruiting board from Georgia and Florida. Those fears were quelled Sunday when William T. Dwyer High School senior Pat Maynor gave Stanford a crucial commitment from the fertile football grounds of Palm Beach County.

Pat Maynor told us before he took his official visit to Stanford this past weekend that he was likely to commit, so long as he enjoyed it as much as he expected.  There must have been few negative surprises for the 6'2" 200-pound Palm Beach Gardens (FL) linebacker, as he gave his commitment to the Cardinal on Sunday.  Maynor stayed an extra day in the area with his parents, sightseeing in San Francisco, and that delayed the news from breaking out.  But he is now back in South Florida and excited about his college future.

"All the kids there are exactly like me," Maynor describes.  "Smart kids who love to play football and who want to win.  And they all get along so well.  I got the feeling it's more than a football team - it's a family."

The reaction was an unsurprising one, given that the South Florida recruit had been hearing nonstop hype about the Cardinal campus since the early days of his recruitment.

"Coach [David] Kelly told me I'd love it, and he was right," the new Cardinal commit says.  "Patrick Danahy was my host, and he's actually from Florida.  He's a cool kid - a big kid.  I loved the campus, the people - everything.  I couldn't have expected more.  Sunday morning I committed to Coach [Tom] Williams."

Maynor was scheduled to officially visit Kansas State this coming weekend, which would be an electric campus on the heels of their Big 12 championship and BCS berth, but he knew he did not need that trip before making his decision.

"It just felt right," he explains.  "[Kansas State] might have had a better year and just upset the #1 team in the nation, but I wouldn't pass up Stanford for anything.  It's a young team on the rise, and we're going to do great things."

During the weekend the recruit and his future linebackers coach talked a little shop, looking at film and discussing his future.  "Coach Williams ran over over the defenses they run and their blitz packages," Maynor tells us.  "He also told me that I need to put on some weight.  I dropped down to 200 during the season, and he says he wants me at 215 when I get out here."

Freshmen report for duty in August, but Maynor already has booked himself for an early arrival in July.  "I hear the guys work out a lot then and do seven-on-seven drills," he says.  "I think it would help get me ready and in shape, and it would be great to hang out with the guys on the team and start bonding early."

Maynor was just named first team All-County at linebacker, and capped off a successful 12-2 season at Dwyer High School.  He led a fierce defense that recorded six shutouts on the year, notching 112 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.  He has been named First Team All-County at linebacker and will play January 17 in the Outback Steakhouse Treasure Coast All-Star game that displays the premier talents from six talent-rich counties in South Florida.  You might remember that Stanford put two players in that game last year in Tim Sims and Nick Sanchez.

The Dwyer linebacker gives Stanford their fifth commitment of the year.

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