Weinberger Winding Up

Sam Weinberger has not gone about his college recruitment in the most traditional manner. The Golden State student-athlete has interest with all four Pac-10 in-state schools, plus two other schools still high on his mind. He has not taken an official visit yet, nor will he take one this weekend. Instead, one big swing will hope to cover his schools. Meanwhile, he waits for a phone call from The Farm...

A good number of remaining recruits for Stanford in this 2006 class are awaiting their admissions fate from the school.  Many of those applications were submitted right up against a December 15 deadline, which (combined with the holiday break) has their files being read at this moment.

One prospective student-athlete who submitted his completed application much sooner is North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall High School senior Sam Weinberger.  He sent in his materials at the first of October, but he and Stanford waited for his December 10 retake of the ACT.  That score, a 26, came later that month, and Weinberger promptly picked up the phone to call Cardinal recruiting coordinator Nate Hackett.

"It was Coach Hackett's birthday, and he said that was one of the best birthday presents he could have received.  He had already lost one recruit to admissions, and he did not want that to happen to me," the Weinberger tells.  "The Stanford coaches - they were all really, really excited."

Now into the New Year, the admissions office is back up and running, and Weinberger is waiting by the phone.  When The Bootleg called him for this update, he saw a "650" on the caller ID and excitedly answered the phone, "Coach?"

"I've been continuing to talk with the coaches.  They said that they would call me as soon as they have heard anything," he reports.  "I think the last time was Coach [Tom] Freeman four or five days ago.  He said they are just trying to get everything put together."

The waiting game can be an excruciating one for Stanford hopefuls, but Weinberger says he is handling it well.

"It's not too bad," he maintains.  "It's not as nerve-wracking as you might think.  Personally, I'm pretty confident."

While he waits for that fateful phone call, Weinberger is not sitting by idly.  His semester final exams at Campbell Hall start next week, which has him busy studying.  Rather than come up to The Farm this weekend for his official visit, he will trip next weekend, immediately following his last test.

"With my finals coming up, I won't be able to go anywhere this weekend," he explains.  "My last final is on the 19th, and then I will work my way up to Stanford with my dad.  After that we will go to Berkeley and UC Davis.  Later we will see some of the (L.A.) schools around here.  And we would like to go see Nevada, too.  I almost forgot about them.  They offered me a scholarship, too."

Weinberger currently holds scholarships from Stanford, Nevada and Davis.  He thought just a month ago that Cal was close to pulling the trigger as well, but that looks less to be the case today.  The Bears took a linebacker commitment in late December from elsewhere in the state.

"Cal has been similar to Stanford in their interest in me, but I feel like they have backed off a little bit now," Weinberger says.  "They probably understand how my focus is on Stanford.  We'll see."

The Los Angeles linebacker was also listening to the recruiting pitches of Ivy League suitors for some time, with Columbia and Harvard leading the way.  He has since closed down those avenues.

"I'm going to try to stay here," says the Golden State son.

Sam Weinberger is rated by Scout.com as a two-star recruit, and neither his profile nor his offer list will raise many eyebrows.  But the Cardinal coaches in their evaluation saw something in him that sparked a scholarship offer prior to the start of his senior season.  That is reason enough to stay tuned to this story.

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