Cardinal Corner First Commit

Sunday was a highly anticipated day for Stanford Football, conducting their first scrimmage of the Jim Harbaugh Era. Overshadowing the events on the field was a visitor on the sideline. Sacramento (Calif.) Kennedy High School junior Steven Christian later gave his verbal commitment to the Cardinal - their first of the Class of 2008 and one at a valuable position.

Sacramento (Calif.) Kennedy High School running back/cornerback Steven Christian (6-1, 178, 4.5) walked around Stanford on Sunday, knowing that when he was done watching the Cardinal scrimmage, he was going to become one himself.

"Being there, I knew that it was the place for me," Christian says.

Following the Stanford scrimmage, Christian met with defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, linebacker coach Andy Buh and the area coach recruiting him, D.J. Durkin, and made his decision known to them.  Christian became the first verbal commitment in the Cardinal's 2008 recruiting class.

"We met and I committed to Stanford to them," the recruit reports.  "They were all really excited that I was the first to commit."

As the meeting wrapped up, Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh dropped in and heard the good news himself.

"Coach Harbaugh came in at the end and was really excited," Christian relates.  "It was cool to be the first one because I know how high I was on their list."

Stanford had been Christian's favorite school throughout his childhood.  When the offer came to him on Thursday, he knew it shouldn't take long for him to commit.  It took just 48 hours, in fact.

"They were my top school all along, so when they offered, I kind of knew that was where I was going to go," Christian explains.

With his college decision made, Christian can breath a sigh of relief.  His early commitment also allows him to shift his focus for the coming year.

"Yes, I'm very relieved.  I'm glad to already get it over with," says the Sacramento standout.  "Now I can focus on school and my senior year of football."

Christian, who projects at either wide receiver or defensive back in college, says that the Stanford coaches reiterated to him today that they want him for their secondary, but that they also may use him on special teams.

"They said they want me as a cornerback," Christian recounts.  "But they don't want to just use me there, so there is a chance I can return kicks and punts."

He also will be able to get a jump on the Stanford admissions application process.

"I've seen the application so I know it will take a lot of work," says the student-athlete.

Christian is unsure if he'll camp at Stanford this summer, but he will be camping in the Bay Area in two weeks when he participates at the Combine in San Francisco on April 28.

Academically, Christian has a core GPA of 3.83.  He is currently enrolled in four AP classes.

"I'm in AP Spanish, AP physics, AP calculus and AP US History," Christian lists.  "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."

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