One of the greatest needs for Stanford in their 2006 recruiting class came at cornerback, yet a shallow pool plus some admissions casualty left Walt Harris with just one athlete at the position on Signing Day. With a keen eye toward the importance of cornerback recruiting for the Cardinal in 2007, we turn our attention to an excellent in-state recruit with high Stanford interest. Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure High School standout Glenn Wakam has been on the radar since his performances as a sophomore in the U.S. Army All-American Combine as well as the Berkeley Scout.com All-American Combine.
Wakam was measured at 5'8.5" as a sophomore but has grown to 5'10" and 185 pounds today. He also grew as a playmaker on the football field, recording four interceptions (one for a touchdown), 35 tackles, and five catches for 130 yards. The most unusual stat for Wakam is his self-described "12 drops."
"I dropped 12 balls that should have been interceptions," he explains. "12 exactly. It's not an exaggeration. I would have broken records. I broke my pinky [finger] after the first game and couldn't catch well."
"It's all about the honesty," Wakam adds. "I count my failures more than my successes."
There were plenty of successes last fall to enumerate for Wakam and the Seraphs, who finished the season 14-0 and won the CIF Southern Section Division IV championship - their sixth in the last seven years. School Sports tabbed St. Bonaventure the #10 team in the nation at the end of the 2005 season, highest among all schools in the Golden State.
Wakam may have been a little overshadowed by fellow 2007 standout Michael Williams, who is a highly acclaimed cornerback recruit and already owns a national list of scholarship offers. Williams, however, played safety for St. Bonaventure and played in the middle of the field while Wakam was the team's top cover corner. Williams also took center stage on special teams, racking up All-State honors with nearly 900 yards in punt and kickoff returns. Wakam showed a couple flashes in his rare opportunities on the kickoff team, returning two balls for 80 yards.
"Yeah, Mike was crazy," the teammate admits. "Well, maybe they won't kick to him next year, so I'll get the rock a little more."
Wakam ran a 4.4 at his school last year and is a talented track performer who has yet to dive into his junior track season while he mends some injuries. He has also played soccer at St. Bonaventure and is strong in that sport as well. His focus going forward is football but credits his skills to his background playing the 'other football.'
"Yeah, I think that's the reason I'm a good corner," the Ventura athlete opines. "I have real quick hips from soccer, so I recover quickly."
On the recruiting front, Wakam has a pair of suitors each from the Pac-10 and Big 10 high on his mind. He lists four favorites: Stanford, Michigan, Northwestern and California. It has been reported by another recruiting service that the Cardinal and Wolverines have extended him scholarship offers, and Wakam feels high interest from both but is still waiting on his first offer to arrive in the mail.
Stanford: "They send me texts and handwrittens, but they said that they only offer in person. I'm hoping it happens. They tell me how they're excited about me, and I'm their top corner choice. And they tell me how their scholarship process is different from most."
Michigan: "Coach [Ron] English talks to me all the time, and I think I'll get offered there... Nope, I have not been officially offered with papers. Coach English told me he had a scholarship for me. My coach called it a verbal offer, but he said it doesn't mean anything until they send the papers."
Northwestern: "Northwestern mailed that they liked my highlight film, and that they're coming to visit me in the spring."
Cal: "Coach [Jeff] Tedford from Cal called my coach about tape, too. He wants me to come out there to camp to see me play in person."
"That's about it right now. Those are the only ones with personal contact so far," Wakam adds. "The way I see it, if I go out and have the season I'm supposed to have, the offers will come on their own."
Glenn Wakam is a strong performer in the classroom in addition to his football prowess. He is the proud owner of a 4.0 cumulative GPA and recorded a 4.1 during the fall semester at St. Bonaventure. He took the SAT for the first time this past weekend, though he scored a 1260 on the PSAT. His coursework is rigorous, including a pair of AP classes: English and U.S. History.
Wakam is expected to perform with several of his St. Bonaventure teammates May 7 at the SoCal Scout.com All-American Combine. Look for more on this athletic cornerback then, as well as video highlights soon from his junior season.
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