Which Way for Sherman?

For the remaining undecided recruits taking official visits this weekend to The Farm, the obvious question is whether they could commit to Stanford. But for Richard Sherman, closer inspection shows that a different issue needs answering. The better question asks where the 6'2" 180-pound athlete will play on the gridiron at the college level...

The recruiting process had a chance to turn interesting for Richard Sherman this month, as he took his second official visit last weekend to Washington.  The Huskies and Cardinal are no stranger in the recruiting wars, battling for prospects anywhere from Arizona to the Northwest.  But Tyrone Willingham made a move, or rather did not make a move, while he had the Compton (Calif.) Dominguez High School standout on his campus.

"No, Washington didn't make an offer," the recruit reports.  "It pretty much killed the recruiting process for them."

"[Willingham] told me to be patient.  They liked what they had seen, but he said they needed a little more tape.  I don't understand what that's all about," Sherman shrugs.

The one-time Stanford head coach knows the score in recruiting against the Cardinal for an in-state kid who has successfully passed through the school's admissions process.  It may be understandable for the Huskies to not extend an offer where they have no chance to win, though it begs the question of why Washington brought Sherman for an official visit at all.  Such is the mysterious mind of Tyrone Willingham...

Sherman is looking ahead, rather than behind, with his official visit to Stanford finally coming this weekend.  The 6'2" athlete has favored the Cardinal for more than half a year, and the end is near for his college recruitment.

"I'll plan to make my decision this weekend," he says.  "I like Stanford a lot.  They're number one on my list."

The one school that remains in competition with the Cardinal at this point is Mississippi State.  Sherman visited the Bulldogs in late November on his first official visit, and the SEC school has applied a full-court recruitment by both the football and track & field coaching staffs.  Realistically however, it would take a bad weekend on The Farm to derail a Cardinal commitment.

"It will have to be a weekend where I'm not comfortable with the environment," Sherman opines.  "I already know the coaching staff and the players.  I've seen the school, and I like the surrounding area."

One other sign that points to an imminent Stanford pledge is those who will accompany the Dominguez dandy this weekend.  He will be joined by his mother, father, brother and sister at Stanford.  Only his father tripped to Seattle, and nobody traveled with Sherman to Starkville.

The outstanding question more on our minds is where Richard Sherman will play at Stanford.  He projects at either wide receiver or cornerback - both positions where he excelled this year for the CIF Southern Section Division III champion Dons.

"As of late, they want me to be dual-purposed.  That's what Coach [Walt] Harris said," Sherman shares.  "It's definitely flattering.  That's one of the things that I have liked so much about Stanford - that I could play offense and defense.  They don't always have the biggest and best recruits, so that allows somebody like me a chance to shine both ways."

Richard Sherman has All Pac-10 ability at either wideout or defensive back, but it is a tall order indeed for him to play both.  The mere fact that Walt Harris thinks that possible of the multi-talented recruit hints to the excitement Sherman may bring to The Farm.  First, Harris and the Card have to close on Sherman this weekend and garner a commitment from the Compton product.  Stay tuned.


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