'08 Unwrapped: Steven Christian

Commensurate with the distribution of talent in the state, most of our attention reporting on Cardinal recruiting has been in Southern California as we explore the Class of 2008. But the first commitment story for Stanford may be unfolding in Sacramento. Two-way athlete Steven Christian just received a big offer from Stanford and says he may be pull the trigger in 48 hours when he is on campus.

Sacramento (Calif.) Kennedy High School cornerback Steven Christian (6-1, 178, 4.5) has been a fan of Stanford for a long time.

On Thursday, Christian received an offer that could keep it that way for even longer.

"Stanford offered me and it kind of came out of the blue.  I was actually surprised," Christian admits.  "I wasn't able to go their Junior Day because I was in Georgia, but we were planning on going on Sunday to visit the school.  Now I'm debating if I should commit on Sunday."

One thing that could prevent Christian from committing this weekend is if Cal were to offer.  Christian will be in Berkeley on Saturday for the Bears' Junior Day.

"If Cal offers me, then I wouldn't commit to Stanford, and I'd take some time to think about it," he opines.  "But Stanford has been my leader for a while."

Christian had primarily been in contact with Walt Harris' staff, recruiting coordinator Nate Nelson most notably.  When the new staff that Jim Harbaugh had assembled arrived, contact was initially minimal.  Christian sent his highlight film to the Stanford Football office, and the staff seemed to be impressed.

"I have been talking with coach D.J. Durkin primarily, and they're recruiting me to play cornerback," Christian says.  "They said they really like my speed and how I play.  I haven't really talked with Coach Harbaugh, but I plan to really talk to him on Sunday when I'm there."

Christian says what makes Stanford so intriguing is the combination of Pac-10 football with superlative academics.

"Stanford has the best possible mix of football and education, and that's what I really like about them," the recruit relates.

Christian says his core GPA is 3.83, and he is currently enrolled in four AP classes.

"I'm in AP Spanish, AP physics, AP calculus and AP U.S. History," says the student-athlete.  "I scored a 1540 on the SAT the first time I took it, so I will take it again.  I should get all of the application stuff from Stanford on Sunday."

The offer from the Cardinal was the fourth for Christian.  San Diego State offered him during his junior season, and TCU and Wyoming both offered earlier this spring.  Still, Stanford had been the one he had long been hoping to land.

"I didn't know they were going to offer me, but I'm pretty excited," Christian comments.  "If everything goes right, I'll commit on Sunday to playing cornerback for Stanford."

Last season, Christian played at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, playing a myriad of positions.  This fall, he'll play all over the field at Kennedy - running back and receiver, as well as cornerback and some safety.  He'll also be returning kicks.

"I like it a lot at Kennedy," Christian says. "I feel like I'm fitting in there."

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