Stanford Lands Top QB With First Commitment

Rumors had been circulating of a quiet commitment in late August to Stanford, but TC Ostrander was not spilling the beans just yet. After he got the word to the other schools recruiting him, he talked to Greg Biggins about the thought process behind the decision and the accompanying relief. Stanford now has commitment number one, and counting.

T.C Ostrander, a 6-3, 190 pound quarterback from Menlo-Atherton (Calif.) has made his college decision.

"I committed to Stanford," Ostrander said. "I actually committed to them earlier in the week but asked them to keep it quiet so I could tell the other coaches who were recruiting me about my decision. I went down there on an unofficial visit wearing a 'Property of Stanford' t-shirt. I think they got a clue what I wanted to talk to them about when they saw me in it.

"The more I thought about it, the more I realized Stanford was the best place for me. I love the offense and I think it's going to be a quarterback's dream to play in. Plus academically, you can't do better than Stanford. It became a slam dunk decision for me."

Ostrander is a late bloomer at the quarterback position and his best days are still way ahead of him. He has only played the position for two years but his work with renowned quarterback coach Roger Theder has really payed off as Ostrander was one of the stars at the NorCal and Oregon Nike Camps earning a spot in the Student Sports Elite 11 this past July.

At the Elite 11, Ostrander was again very impressive and one of the top five signal callers of the camp. He has a great release, strong, accurate arm and is very smart. He makes good decisions with the ball, has good feet in the pocket and is tough.

"I'm very relieved to have the decision out of the way," Ostrander said. "The recruiting process was fun at times but also stressful for me. Now that it's over, I know I'll be able to focus a lot more on the upcoming season better than I would if I still had not decided yet. I know there will be competition there with Trent (Edwards) a year ahead of me but I'm a competitive guy and don't mind competing for the job.

"Besides, no matter what school you go to, there's going to be good players at that position. I'll just have to go in and do my best to win the job."

Ostrander is the 1st commitment of the year for the Cardinal.


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