Stanford hasn’t been as active as other schools in since I last wrote a recruiting roundup. It seems like they are done offering kids for the spring/summer months, but they will still be hosting recruits and evaluating them at camp. Stanford’s next big wave of offers should come around the beginning of the 2016 season or during the middle of the season. Here are some of the important happenings in Stanford recruiting the last two months.
QB Davis Mills: Stanford’s stellar QB commit was invited to the Elite 11, a premier camp for the top 24 QBs in the nation. Mills flew down to Florida for the competition this weekend and participated in on-field workouts and also football IQ type of classes. On the field, Mills was receiving high praise from every media outlet who was there, plus the actual competition. Mills was ranked as the top QB after both Day 1 and Day 2 of the event. During the first day, the QBs worked with non-moving targets and during the second day they worked with the USC receiving corp. On the third day of the competition, the competitors played a 7-on-7 game to emulate a game like feel. Mills had a good day and dropped many dimes. It was a forgone conclusion when he was selected to compete in the Finals of the Elite 11 (only 11 make it) in Oregon, but it is nice to know Stanford is getting an incredibly talented QB.
OT Walker Little: One of the top linemen in the 2017 class visited Stanford a month ago. Little reigns from Bellaire, TX and plays high schools football for Episcopal High School. Little already has the prototypical Stanford lineman size, 6-8 305, and he could become another Stanford offensive lineman who ends up in the NFL. The 4-star product has other offers from Texas, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M to name a few. Texas seems to be the leader at this point, but never count Stanford out, especially when it’s a talented OL.
OLB Justin Foster: The nation’s number four OLB cut down his list a few weeks ago. The 4-star Crest (NC) product announced his top seven schools on twitter which included: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Tennessee. They were alphabetized so there wasn’t a top school for Foster. As of now it seems, Clemson is the leader and the rest are falling behind.
LB Kenny "KJ" Britt: An offer was extended to one of the South’s best interior linebackers. Britt is a 3-star prospect from Oxford, AL. The 25th best LB in country also has offers from Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia. Stanford has offered five other linebackers, three of which are already committed. Britt marks the third offer from Stanford to go down in Alabama, the other two went to Auburn ATH commit Malcom Askew and uncommitted DE Ryan Johnson. Alabama recruits have known to stay instate, so I’m not feeling good about Stanford’s chances here.
DT Dalyn Wade-Perry: The Pope John XXIII (NJ) product visited Palo Alto a couple of weeks ago. Coach Peter Hansen, the linebackers coach, is the area recruiter for Wade-Perry, so Hansen is who Wade-Perry communicates with a lot. With former DL coach Randy Hart retiring and new coach Diron Reynolds just settling down, he hasn’t really talked to Reynolds too much. He talked to Rivals Andy Druvrev about his Stanford visit: "’Academically, athletically obviously if you put the work in and the time you'll be able to make it to where you want to be athletically. But academically there is so much support and so many minds working together than you can get the job done and overall have a good future.’"
Wade-Perry also cut his list down to his top eight schools this week. Stanford was included along with Ohio State, Rutgers, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Florida, and UCLA. The 247sport Crystal Ball has Wade-Perry a heavy lean to Stanford, I also have picked Stanford to land the New Jersey DT.
DE Ryan Johnson: Another Stanford target trimmed down his list and featured his top 12 schools. They are as follows: Alabama, Auburn, Duke, FSU, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee, and USC. These are in alphabetical order, but the Alabama native seems to have an in-state lean. Johnson visited Stanford back in early April for one of their junior days.