Stanford Embraces Anger

It is a rare event, but Stanford fans are turning their attention toward specialist recruiting, given the terrible downturn they are witnessing on special teams early this season. The Cardinal a year ago had one of the best units in the nation, and they are anxious to restock the cupboards. Stanford already snared the top kicker in the nation and this week extended an offer to a premier punter.

Despite an 0-2 start to his season, Camarillo (Calif.) High School punter Bryan Anger (6-4, 190) has turned out to have some good news happen this week.

"I got offered by Stanford [on Monday]," Anger says.  "That is a big offer for me.  I visited Stanford earlier this year and it was nice.  They are definitely up there."

The offer to Anger comes on the heels of the Cardinal taking a commitment from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School placekicker David Green, not only another Stanford specialist recruit but also a friend of Anger's.

"I haven't talked to him since I got offered, but we've kicked together at Chris Sailer's camp," Anger shares.  "Of all the places I'm being recruited by, I'm just going to punt.  I'm not going to kick or kick off."

Anger says that an admissions application from Stanford had been sent prior to the offer, and now that he has a strong incentive, he will dive into the paperwork and process.

"They sent me an application a long time ago but I haven't worked on it," Anger admits.  "I'm going to start doing it."

Stanford's offer joins offers from California, Northwestern, LSU, Oregon, Washington and Boise State.  That is an admirable offer list for most recruits, but for a punter it is extraordinary.

"Cal is still a very high option for me and is up towards the top.  They have a punter who only has two years to play, so I can still go in there," Anger offers.  "Both USC and Notre Dame are still looking at me and I've received text messages from them, but neither of them have offered me."

Anger attended the USC-Nebraska game last weekend and plans to attend a game in Berkeley this fall, but aside from those, has no other immediate plans to visit any schools unofficially.

"I still want to take some of my visits and take everything in," the recruit relates.  "I kind of had a timetable, but I don't really anymore.  I just want to make sure I see what all of my options are."

Several of the schools who have offered Anger are outstanding academic institutions, a fact not lost on him or his family.

"My family is excited with my offers," Anger says.  "They're pretty good educations.  Stanford, Cal and Northwestern are great schools."

Anger has a 3.9 unweighted GPA and a 4.1 weighted average, with one AP class this fall.  He scored a 1690 on the SAT his first shot at it.

"I've been talking about taking it again.  I know Stanford wants me to take it again, so I probably will take it one more time," Anger allows.

Camarillo has lost quarterback and USC commit Samson Szakacsy for an unknown period, part of the reason the Scorpions have stumbled out of the gate.  Anger is an athlete who is making contributions on more than special teams, however.

"We've had our problems with our line, so I'm not punting as well as I can," Anger admits.  "I'm doing well at receiver though.  I have 17 catches for 267 yards and two touchdowns."

Camarillo plays Thousand Oaks this week.

Anger, the No. 5 ranked punter nationally and top-ranked in California by, participated in the popular Chris Sailer Kicking competitions this year, winning the January combine and finishing sixth at the May competition. He was named to the Elite Top 12 at the camp.

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