Stanford Hosts Its Largest Junior Day Yet

For the second straight year, Stanford used the first weekend of Spring Football to host an impressive group of underclassmen and kick start the recruiting cycle. While the 19 recruits in last year's group included 8 ultimate members of the 2009 class and served as one of the biggest recruiting weekends in Stanford history, this year's group dwarfed its predecessor in size and geographic scope.

This past Friday and Saturday, Stanford hosted its kickoff Junior Day event of the 2010 recruiting cycle, bringing 38 recruits and their families to The Farm for a massive albeit unofficial recruiting weekend. The group, which included three sophomores in addition to the throng of juniors, ran the gamut in terms of position projection, skill-sets, and recruiting status. Geographically, the group boasted 22 Californians and 16 out-of-state prospects. Among the 38 unofficial visitors, 21 have reportedly received scholarship offers from Stanford. The Junior Day visitors, broken down with current offer recipients listed in the first group, were:

 

  • QB Cormac Craigie – Piedmont (Calif.)
  • QB Tyler Bray – Kingsburg (Calif.)
  • QB London Lacy – Kingsburg (Calif.)
  • QB Brett Nottingham – Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista
  • WR Joey Andrada – Piedmont (Calif.)
  • WR Dylan Newbill – Kingsburg (Calif.)
  • OL Alex Crosthwaite – San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic
  • OL Mike Padovese (2011) – Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic
  • OL Max Schultz – San Ramon (Calif.) California
  • OL Chase White – Plano (Tex.) West
  • LB Bronson Green – Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola
  • LB Ikem Okwudiafor – Albany (Calif.) St. Mary's
  • LB Phillip Ruhl – Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln
  • S Matt Luetjen – Locust Grove (Okla.)
  • S Trevor Morrison – San Ramon (Calif.) California
  • ATH James King – Orinda (Calif.) Miramonte
  • LS Joe St. Germain – Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

 

The group was headlined by three players named in the initial Scout.com list of the Top 100 national prospect, linebacker Nick Forbes, running back Malcolm Jones, and safety Sean Parker. Each member of the trio already has a national recruitment and has garnered scholarship offers from myriad top programs. Jones and Parker each netted USC offers at the Trojans' Junior Day the previous week and share the designation of both receiving their first offers from Stanford in September of last year, the first month in which juniors could legally be offered. In addition to that high-profile trio, the Junior Day attendees included numerous other prospects at the top of wish lists across the nation:

  • Quarterback Nick Montana has instant name recognition as the son of San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana but has also generated recruiting interest on his own merits, drawing offers from Stanford, LSU, Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, and others.
  • Running back Anthony Wilkerson has been offered by Stanford, UCLA, and Washington and joins Malcolm Jones as one of the top backs in the Golden State.
  • Tight end Blake Barker's impressive offer list includes Stanford, Penn State, Boston College, North Carolina, Maryland, Duke, and Syracuse.
  • Offensive lineman Nick Rowland looms as a particularly attractive target for Stanford in a year in which offensive line recruiting should be the major priority. Competition for his services will be fierce, with Cal, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, and Colorado State all also in the hunt.
  • In addition to Sean Parker, Chris Badger sits atop Stanford's board at safety. Stanford, Cal, Oregon, Florida State, BYU, Utah, Missouri, and Northwestern have all thrown their hats in the ring for his services.

 

Despite these names and others in attendance at the Junior Day demonstrating strength across positions on the Cardinal recruiting board, two positions stand out from the rest for the quality and depth of their representation over the weekend. On offense, the four tight end offer recipients in attendance suggest that although Stanford signed the best tight end class in the nation in February, the Cardinal continue to key in on the versatile big athletes concentrated at that position. On defense, the four defensive end offer recipients indicate that the Stanford coaching staff's affinity for big athletes will likely manifest itself on both sides of the ball just as it did in the 2009 recruiting cycle.

Notably, the defensive end group provided many of the major storylines coming out of the weekend. Most obviously, Del Campo's Eddie Plantaric gave the Cardinal the first commit of the weekend when he pulled the trigger before leaving campus. Plantaric could soon be joined in the class by Chance Carter, who came into the weekend hoping to use back-to-back unofficial visits to Stanford and Wisconsin as the basis for an imminent decision among those schools and Notre Dame, all of which have offered. Moreover, Owamagbe Odighizuwa, the top prospect in Oregon, gives Stanford fans another high-profile target to track as the Cardinal compete with Florida, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, and others for Odighizuwa.

Miscellaneous notes on the Junior Day attendees:

  • The initial Junior Day of the recruiting cycle has become more geographically diverse each year under Jim Harbaugh. In 2008, 5 of 17 juniors in attendance came from out-of-state and represented four different states, compared to 3 of 22 Junior Day visitors coming from out-of-state the previous year. This past weekend, 16 out-of-state visitors represented 11 different states.
  • Five high schools sent multiple recruits to the Junior Day, with Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, Cambridge (Mass.) Buckingham Browne & Nichols, Waialua (Hawaii), Piedmont (Calif.), and San Ramon (Calif.) California each sending two players and Kingsburg (Calif.) sending three players.
  • This was the second straight year in which multiple prospects from Oaks Christian attended the kickoff Junior Day event and at least the third year in a row in which at least one Lion attended.
  • Blake Barker, James McCaffrey, and Nick Forbes traveled the greatest distances to attend the Junior Day.

 

Stay tuned to The Bootleg for more on Stanford recruiting and the many important recruits who visited the Farm this past weekend.


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