The news started out good, with Whalen receiving word that he had been accepted into Stanford. Whalen also had exciting conversations with the Cardinal staff on his chance to earn a scholarship after walking on at Stanford.
"It was a good trip," Whalen says. "I'm probably going to commit in the next few days. I've gotten accepted, and now they're just working on a couple of things. Me and my family are working on a couple of things, and I'll go ahead and commit."
The outstanding questions are largely financial for Whalen, with the uncertainty of when he could go on scholarship at Stanford versus the financial package provided for him at Princeton. While he won't grayshirt, Whalen is hoping to play his way into a scholarship after or during his first year on The Farm.
"It may be even sooner," he opines. "They only have 19 scholarships for my class, so something might happen that I can enroll on scholarship earlier. But they do want me to come in and compete for one of the six receiver spots."
While on his visit, Whalen was hosted by wide receiver Kelton Lynn. Like most of the recruits, Whalen had his first extensive time to talk with the new Cardinal staff and the one familiar face, Nate Nelson, Stanford's recruiting coordinator.
"Stanford was always recruiting me, and after the quiet period they wanted me to visit with the new coaches," Whalen explains. "I spent a lot of time with Nate Nelson and really got to spend a lot of time with Coach [Jim] Harbaugh and talked to the receivers coach [David Shaw]. I got to meet most of the staff. I feel pretty comfortable with the staff."
Whalen had long held the Cardinal in high esteem but was waiting for an offer from them. He had been offered by UC Davis, Sacramento State and Air Force as well as Ivy League schools Harvard, Princeton and Yale.
"Idaho and Nevada were recruiting me, too, and were going to offer, but they kind of new I was either going to go to the Pac-10 or Ivy League. Without the chance of a scholarship at Stanford, I would have gone to Princeton," the recruit relates. "Stanford is in California; it's home for me; and it's Pac-10 football. Plus, it's Stanford. You have great academics and a great education. And with the new coaching staff, I think the staff will turn it around."
Despite the long wait with a Stanford recruitment that started his junior year, Whalen said he wasn't discouraged.
"I'm still excited and I was hoping all along that it would work out," he offers. "I've enjoyed the process and it's been a little stressful, but I'm glad I waited. My family was real happy and proud of me for getting in."
While he'll get his start on offense, Whalen says there is a chance that safety could be where he ends up.
"I definitely have a chance to come in and not redshirt," he explains. "I'll play receiver, but there could be an opening at free safety. It's a matter of where they put me."
In the meantime, Whalen will continue his basketball season at Monte Vista. "I'm playing hoops right now but when its done I'll lift and get ready to come in and play," he says.
An excellent student, Whalen is carrying a 4.2 weighted GPA, having taken three honors classes as a junior and two AP classes this fall. He scored a 1920 on the SAT.
Whalen finished his senior year with 80 receptions for 1,143 yards and 14 touchdowns.
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