There is expected to be a strong showing from the incoming Stanford Football freshman class on campus this summer for the team's unofficial workouts. Most are expected to arrive in early July, when a number of upperclassmen return after short post-finals vacations back home.
But one signee from the 2005 recruiting class has made his way to The Farm early. 6'7" offensive tackle Chris Marinelli from Boston College High School (Braintree, Mass.) arrived on campus last Wednesday and has been working out with his new Stanford teammates. Marinelli is already running and lifting with the Cardinal upperclassmen and reports on his shape.
"My conditioning is getting better. It's not great yet, but it's getting better," he offers. "My speed is surprisingly good, considering I did throws (track & field) all spring."
One of the fascinating tales in this recruiting class was the steady and natural growth of Marinelli. His junior year at BC High he was a 235-pound tight end and defensive tackle prospect. But he filled out his frame through eating and lifting, without the benefit of any supplements. We marveled as he started his senior year at 273 pounds. But Marinelli continued to grow and was moved from tight end to offensive tackle on his high school team the second week of his senior season.
He still eschews supplements or other weight-building compounds, yet Marinelli has grown to his current 302 pounds. With his big frame, you can expect him to continue growing into a tower of a tackle for the Cardinal.
Marinelli is working on getting stronger this summer as well. He currently benches a shade over 300 pounds, which is quite good for someone with his long arms, at his age. His max squat is 470 pounds.
The big Bostonian will stay on campus through the 27th, at which time he will return home for some vacation with his family. Marinelli will come back to the Stanford campus later in July to resume workouts with his Cardinal teammates, running all the way through the official report date in mid-August to start preseason camp.
What number will Marinelli wear come August, when he first dons a Stanford uniform for the start of his freshman year? #63. That number was held by offensive tackle/guard Jeff Zuttah last fall, but the Michigan transfer retired from football due to medical complications.
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