Kenny Stills, Scout.com's No. 11 wide receiver in Class of 2010, does not lack for suitors. The La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, Calif.) product reports offers from Stanford, Penn State, Boise State, San Diego State, Colorado, Washington, Arizona and California, and adds several other schools appear close to offering.
Stills highlighted Stanford's academic prestige in an interview with The Bootleg.
"Just being able to go to school there and to graduate from there would put me in a different bracket of people," he said.
On the football field, Stills is already playing at a higher level than most
of his opponents. A self-described "fast, aggressive, crisp-running receiver,"
Stills hauled in 55 passes for 1300 yards and 15 touchdowns in leading his
team to its first-ever championship this past season. He also reports a 4.45 40
time, a 275-max bench press and a 355-pound squat.
Stills has taken several unofficial visits to the Farm, including during last season's victory over San Jose State. It appears that those trips left Stills with a positive impression.
"It kind of felt like everyone knew each other, and it seemed like everyone
was pretty close," he explained. "Everyone had a pretty solid relationship and
the team played well when I was there."
Stills has also taken unofficial visits to Boise State, SDSU, UCLA and USC, but reports no leader or top-five at this time. "I'm kind of still waiting around," he said. "There's supposed to be some other offers to come in. I have some time left and hopefully a few more will come in."
Indeed, it seems clear that there are potential offers ou there that could dramatically alter the course of his recruitment.
"There's a lot of schools out there that would make my top-five if they were
to offer, but none in particular that I have my mind set on," Stills
Even though 10 months remain until next year's National Signing Day, Stills appears to have no problem with a longer recruitment yet. "If I don't [decide] by Signing Day next year, it would be cool to make it on my birthday in April, a few months after that," Stills said.
If it were up to his family though, Stills might make his college choice
sooner rather than later.
"My family definitely wants me to get an education from Stanford," Stills said. "They want me to make my own decision, but they know that an education from Stanford puts you in another bracket. They'd love for me to be up there and play football in the state of California."
Ultimately though, Stills will make a decision based on what school satisfies his criteria - early playing time and superior academics.
"Right now, for me, number one would just be playing time," Stills explained. "I want to play right when I step in as a freshman or have the chance to play. Two would be academics, like the prestige of the college, knowing that graduating from that school is going to be a big deal."
Stills reports a 3.3 GPA and is scheduled to take the SAT in May and the ACT in June.
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