Recruits React: Tyler Mabry

A year ago, Tyler Mabry celebrated a CIF championship and had the world at his feet. Today he faces a maelstrom of change. The San Diego offensive tackle tasted defeat in his final high school football game last weekend, which followed Stanford firing the head coach to whom he committed in July. Mabry shares his outlook with us, including comments on one candidate in the Cardinal coaching search.

San Diego (Calif.) Francis Parker School offensive tackle Tyler Mabry (6-7, 305) received some good news recently, finding out that his application to Stanford netted him acceptance to the school, and the Cardinal commit is thrilled to have that out of the way.

"I was pretty excited to get the word on that," says Mabry.  "It was a long process to get the application done, but it was worth it to get accepted.  I found out not too long ago, but I'm still pretty happy about it."

Last week, Mabry was met with less exciting news when he found out that Stanford head coach Walt Harris was being let go.  The Cardinal commit took it in stride.

"For a school like Stanford, you don't really commit to a coach.  You commit to the school.  And even though Coach Harris was fired, I know that Stanford is going to get a really good coach in there," Mabry maintains.  "Coach Nate Nelson called me last week to tell me about it, and then a couple of days later, I heard from the athletic director and he said that they were going to get a good coach for the job."

Mabry informs only one school has tried to actively capitalize on the coaching change with him.

"San Diego State called me to let me know that if I change my mind, that I have a place there," the recruit reveals.  "But I'm solid to Stanford."

Mabry and his Parker teammates lost their final game of the 2006 season last week, dropping a heartbreaking 14-10 decision to Christian High of El Cajon, clipping the Lancers' chances of back-to-back titles.

"Winning it as a junior makes losing last week even more difficult because of how much it means to you to work as hard as you do," Mabry explains.  "It was tough, especially with a call that made a difference.  But it's tougher to realize that a lot of my teammates will never get to put pads on again.  So I'm lucky I get to play for at least a few more years."

One teammate who will strap on pads again at the next level is running back Gino Gordon, a target of Stanford's and also a target of Mabry's.

"Oh, I definitely have been talking to Gino as much as I can about coming to Stanford and playing there," Mabry admits.  "He has to do what's best for him, but I'm talking to him about Stanford all the time."

Just as Gordon talked with us about the potential hiring of Jim Harbaugh by Stanford, Mabry is similarly intrigued.

"I know some players that play at USD, and I've seen them play.  All I hear are good things about Coach Harbaugh," Mabry offers.  "I think he'd do a great job if he's fortunate enough to get hired there."

But no matter who the Cardinal hire, Mabry is looking forward to the chance to impress a new head coach.  Coming on the heels of his school's championship game loss, Mabry is anxious to bash helmets on the gridiron again soon.

"I just want to get back out and play and start hitting again," he says.

Mabry believes he will be taking his official visit to Stanford the second weekend in January.

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