Card Peek in on Porras

A challenge for Stanford through the years has been finding speed and athleticism for their defensive backfield. The Cardinal offered Arizona track star and two-way gridiron standout Tyler Porras this summer to help address that need. This weekend brings Stanford to the Grand Canyon State to battle the Wildcats on Saturday, so today they are taking a detour to see Porras in Scottsdale.

Ahead of the rest of the team and coaching staff today, Stanford recruiting coordinator Nate Hackett traveled to the Grand Canyon State.  After landing in Phoenix, he made a bee-line for Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro High School.  The Sabercats are home of 2006 safety/running back Tyler Porras, who the Cardinal offered this summer.  His father, Tom Porras, gave The Bootleg a call earlier today to update us on all the latest.

"Coach Hackett is coming today to meet with his counselor, and the coaches will watch him play tonight against Tempe McClintock," the elder Porras reports.  "We're excited to have Stanford here to watch Tyler tonight."

Saguaro is 3-3 on the season, enduring some struggles with their shotgun spread office.  The Cardinal coaches will be in the stands tonight watching Porras at running back, where he has 500 yards on half the Sabercats' carries.  But their attention will be primarily focused on defense, where they worked Porras at Stanford's camp this summer and subsequently offered him as a cornerback.

Porras made his name in Arizona football last year on offense, running for 1,300 yards.  In his senior season he is taking a bigger role on defense, where he projects to play in college.  Porras' 6'2" frame and hard-hitting instincts make most coaches see a future free safety, but Stanford thinks his blazing track speed and athleticism suggest a cover corner.

Stanford will get a first-hand look at the offer athlete tonight, but they are not the only Pac-10 program coming to Saguaro to watch Porras this month.  Oregon was in to see him last week, while Washington will see Saguaro's big battle in two weeks against rival Chaparral.

"We think very highly of Stanford, and it will be tough to beat them out.  They do everything at a high level, very professionally," Tom Porras proclaims.  "It's going to be really tough to beat that.  Stanford is number one in Tyler's mind."

Backing up those words, the Saguaro student-athlete has been busy working on his Stanford admissions application.  A straight-A student, he took the SAT last weekend aiming for a score to boost his admissions profile for the Cardinal.

"He's been sending in the packets like he's supposed to," Porras' father says.  "He's finished with the essays and teacher recommendations.  Now it's just the counselor recommendations."

With the Cardinal in his home state, Porras will make his way Saturday down to Tucson to see Stanford take on Arizona.  He is scheduled to visit the team on their home turf when he takes his official visit on January 13 to The Farm.

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