Okla. OL Gladd spurns Sooners, picks Stanford

In Stanford's quest to recruit nationwide, the Cardinal inevitably come across players who love what the school and football program have to offer, but just aren't comfortable with the prospect of going to school so far away from home. And at first blush, Oklahoma offensive guard Garrett Gladd would seem to fall into that category.

A 6-foot-4, 295-pound mauler from the small town of Sallisaw, Okla (population 7,989, as of the 2000 Census) with an offer from Oklahoma (and Kansas) in hand, Gladd seemed destined to become a Sooner.

But on an unofficial visit to Stanford for the Cardinal's Junior Day a few weeks back, Garrett Gladd found comfort in an unlikely destination.

"When I was at Kansas and Oklahoma, it just didn't really click for me while I was there," Gladd said. "I was just ready to get home, get back to my house. But I was kind of sad to leave Stanford when I went there. It was just that feeling of feeling at home.

So after a few weeks of thinking, Gladd decided it was time to call Stanford and his recruiting Coach David Shaw to make a verbal commitment.

"Right after I got to school I talked to Coach Shaw and told him that's where I wanted to play," Gladd said.

Gladd obviously could have waited to see what other offers and opportunities trickled in, but decided to follow his instincts.

"I guess it was just the right feeling and it felt right to me to commit now: that way I don't have to worry about it going into my senior year," Gladd said. "I had the feeling that it was the right place and that was the main thing."

But as Stanford fans well know, an early commitment doesn't necessarily equate to a lasting one. However, Gladd seems pretty certain of his choice.

"I feel real solid about this," Gladd said. "I don't have any future visits planned. I plan to go back to Stanford maybe in a few months on an unofficial visit to look around the campus, but other than that I really don't have anything else planned."

If Gladd does waver on his decision, he can be sure to hear about it from fellow 2011 commit, Kevin Reihner.

Reihner was quite vocal about his desire to see Gladd join him in Stanford's class, and it came as no surprise that Reihner was one of the first people Gladd informed of his choice.

"Me and Kevin have been texting and talking a lot," Gladd said. He's been pushing me to commit. He's answered a lot of questions and we've been talking and joking about it for a while. I told him today and he was really excited about it."

Academically, Gladd reports a 4.0 GPA (3.9 Stanford) and a 24 on the ACT. He does have to retake the test with the writing portion, but seems on track to be admitted at this juncture.

For more information on the newest Cardinal commit and his Junior Day visit to Stanford, see The Bootleg's article from a few weeks ago.

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