OT Drango favors Stanford, Baylor

Four-star offensive tackle Spencer Drango has offers from more than a dozen schools across the country, but admits to favoring a pair of programs...

"Right now Stanford and Baylor are my top two schools," Drango told The Bootleg in a weekend interview.

Drango expounded upon his interest in the two schools.

"I like the academics at Stanford for sure," Drango said. "And then the coaching staff."

"At Baylor, there's the coaching staff and I've gotten to know some of the players and that's had a big effect on it," he said.

Drango does have a brother at Baylor, but doesn't think that will play a large factor in his ultimate decision.

"I'm not really sure," Drango said. "He'll only be there for another year. My first year there will be his last."

Stanford, meanwhile, finds itself high on Drango's list in large part because of an unofficial visit he took to The Farm for Stanford's second Junior Day.

"I really liked it out there," Drango said. "It was fun to go out and see the campus and get to talk to Coach Harbaugh and all the other coaches."

Although he's being recruited by defensive line coach Randy Hart, Drango had ample opportunity to get acquainted with the offensive line coaches on the visit. "I got to hang out with them throughout the day," Drango said. "I have great respect for all of them." Indeed, Drango didn't anticipate he would enjoy his Stanford trip nearly as much as he did.

"I was surprised," Drango said. "I thought I wouldn't like it. But it's one of my top two schools now."

The Cardinal have piqued the big Texan's interest so much that he plans to make a return trip to Palo Alto next month.

"I'm planning on taking a visit out to Stanford on the 21st I think," Drango said. "Hopefully we can make that."

Drango hopes to have a chance to spend more time with the Stanford players than he did on his last trip to California.

"I'm just kind of hoping to continue building a relationship with the coaches and hopefully meeting some players."

Although Drango doesn't have a date in mind for a possible commitment, he claims the quality of those relationships will play an integral part in his decision-making process.

"The coaching staff [is important]," Drango said. "How I like the feel of the college is good for me. How I fit in with the other players and stuff like that."

Judging by his prowess in the classroom, it's clear Drango places a high value on academics as well.

A possible business or engineering major, Drango scored a 27 on the ACT and a 1240 on the two-part SAT.

Stay tuned to The Bootleg for the latest on Drango and all the comings and goings in Cardinal sports.

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