Nick Frank (Holy Cross HS) of New Orleans, Louisiana saw his entire recruitment reach its crescendo and endpoint all in the matter of a few minutes last night when he received a phone call from Stanford head coach Buddy Teevens. Teevens gave the defensive lineman word that his admissions application had been accepted by Stanford, and that he had a full scholarship offer to come to the Farm. It took a few moments for Frank to process the euphoric news, but he then gathered himself and told the Stanford head man that he was giving his commitment to accept that scholarship.
"This is definitely a relief," says Frank of the completion of his recruitment. "It takes a lot of weight off my shoulders, and going to Stanford is a dream come true."
Frank has had heavy recruiting interest from the local school, Tulane, as well as Memphis, Yale and Princeton. But he says he has been sold on Stanford all the way, and certainly since their first contact with him early this past summer. "Stanford has been my top choice throughout the process," he adds. "Stanford is a prestigious school academically and athletically, and that combo can't be found anywhere else. On top of that, the coaches throughout the whole thing really made me want to come that much more. They also talked about the need for defensive linemen, which feels good. I know I have a chance to go in there and really matter."
In addition to talking with Teevens through the recruiting process, Frank says that coaches David Kelly and David Tipton have been in contact with him. "They talked to me each week. They were just really nice in talking with me - no pressure," he notes. Though Frank lives on the other side of the country, he says he is confident and comfortable with his commitment without having every spent so much as a minute on the Stanford campus. He says he will take his official visit at some point.
Nick Frank plays both defensive end and inside at tackle for Holy Cross, where he has picked up 10 sacks and 55 tackles through six games this season. The Tigers have rumbled to a dominating 6-0 start on the season in one of the toughest leagues in all of Louisiana. When asked about goals for this senior season, he eschews individual marks and discusses only team success. He wants his team to win a state championship more than anything else.
He also has lofty goals at school, shooting to finish his high school career as either the valedictorian or salutatorian in his class. He is currently tied for third in his class of 136 at Holy Cross, with a 4.45 weighted GPA and a 28 on his ACT. His most enthusiastic subject of study to date has been biology, and his heart is set on studying biology at Stanford with the later goal of becoming a doctor.
Frank stands today at 6'2" and 255 pounds, and is destined to play defensive tackle at Stanford. Think Casey Carroll when you think of Nick Frank, who looks to provide some big help at a position where the Cardinal have a very big need. Stanford graduates its top three interior defensive linemen this year.
He has this final statement to deliver to those fans, players, parents and recruits reading: "I'm just excited to be coming to Stanford. I am looking forward to going to that part of the country and experiencing a new and wonderful area for some wonderful years."
Of note, Frank is Stanford's fourth commitment in this class, though the first out of the state of California and the first on the defensive side of the ball.