Barry J. Sanders is expected to commit to Stanford over Oklahoma State on Saturday. As the talented son of Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders, who led the NFL in rushing in 4 of his 10 seasons before retiring at the age of 30, Sanders would easily become the highest profile member of David Shaw's outstanding recruiting class. He's not the only one with a father who played in the NFL, however. Here's a look at the NFL dads of Stanford's other recruits.
Nick's father, Jeff, was drafted in the fifth round of the 1990 NFL Draft out of Ohio State by the Denver Broncos and played 44 games over the next three seasons. After a shoulder injury ended his playing career, Davidson got into coaching. He won three Super Bowls as an assistant coach with the New England Patriots, served as offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers, and is currently the offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings. If you missed Hank's profile of Nick Davidson, check it out here.
The Washington Redskins drafted Alex's father, Tom, in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft after a standout career at Notre Dame. Carter had six interceptions as a rookie cornerback and 27 picks in his 10-year NFL career.
Noor's father, who played college football at San Diego State and Purdue, prefers not be identified in interviews so as not to distract attention away from his son's recruiting experience. Noor Davis is the nephew of New England Patriots Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett.
Kodi's father and former Stanford star lineman, Bob Whitfield, was the No. 8 overall pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 1992 and played in 220 games over his 15-year NFL career. Whitfield helped lead an upset of Cal in the 94th Big Game after Cal's Brian Treggs guaranteed a victory. Brian's son, Bryce, has committed to Cal.