Mabry in the Mail

Though he committed to Stanford in July, the recruiting story remains interesting for 6'7" offensive tackle Tyler Mabry. He is still in the midst of the admissions application process, which should soon conclude, and he also has a teammate in RB/DB Gino Gordon who carries a Cardinal offer. For the latest on these subplots, plus Mabry's senior season on the field, read on.

San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker School offensive tackle Tyler Mabry (6-7, 305) was in the process of putting the final touches on his application to Stanford on Monday night.  By Tuesday morning, the application would be on its way to Palo Alto.

"I'm ready to send in the application.  I was just finishing it up," says Mabry.  "It's kind of a difficult application, but I'm a perfectionist so I wanted to make sure it's up to my standards.  But I'm happy to send it in."

With the weight of the application no longer looming, Mabry says now he will just wait to get the word back on his admittance into Stanford.

"Coach [Tom] Freeman was down in San Diego talking to my college counselors, and he said that they wanted me accepted before I take my official visit, which is planned for December 9.  So hopefully before then, I'll get the good news," Mabry relates.

The Francis Parker School student-athletes says his GPA currently stands at a 3.9 cumulative, but he is on track for a 4.0 by the time the quarter ended.  He scored an impressive 31 on the ACT.

Despite the troubles of the Cardinal in 2006, Mabry says there has been no thought at all to backing out of his commitment.

"I'm 100% solid to them," Mabry maintains.  "A lot of the season has been bad luck with all of the injuries, but I'm definitely optimistic for the future.  It's still definitely my number one choice."

And thanks to the commitment back in the summer, Mabry says the recruiting attention has died down.

"Miami is really the only one who showed interest, but everyone has been respectful of my choice and doesn't want to mess with my decision.  Not a lot of coaches are bothering me.  They respect my decision," Mabry describes.

The only recruiting really going on with Mabry, though, is with his teammate Gino Gordon, the running back/defensive back standout who also received an offer from the Stanford staff.

"I definitely am recruiting him, and it would be great for Stanford to get a good player and great for me to have a friend up there.  Gino is one of my best friends.  I don't try to intrude, but I'm thinking some good news, hopefully, will be coming Stanford's way," Mabry allows.

On the field, the defending CIF-San Diego Division V champs are starting to get back on track after a tough non-league schedule.

"It's been going well for us," Mabry updates.  "We're 5-3 and getting ready to make another run for the postseason.  We're getting back on track.  We won our last game, and we still have a shot for the number one seed in our league.  Hopefully our strong preseason will help us in the playoffs."

Because of weekend conflicts, the towering tackle has yet to make it to Palo Alto for a game this season but is hoping to get up there before he takes his official visit.

"I haven't been able to make to make it up there because our season conflicts, but hopefully I can get up there for a game.  But first, I have to take care of my school work," Mabry says.

The Stanford staff wants Mabry to come in as a tackle, and he's hoping to add some more weight prior to his freshman season.

"I'm 305 right now, but I'm a skinny 305.  I want to go in at about 315, so I want to add another 10 pounds of muscle.  My trainer and I are working on that," Mabry explains.  "I definitely want to compete for some playing time next year.  I'm going to just try to win another championship; then when the season is done, my goal is to get into the gym and do what it takes to play."

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