After National Signing Day 2017, there seems to be a consensus about Stanford’s recruiting class: it’s small, but it’s elite.
After snagging top-tier recruits Walker Little, Foster Sarell, Davis Mills, and Colby Parkinson, the Cardinal were in a great spot to finish with a high ranking - so how’d they do?
The Cardinal finished with the highest rank on 247 Sports, coming in at 14th nationally, behind only USC in the Pac-12.
SB Nation’s esteemed recruiters also put the Cardinal at 14th, writing:
What the Cardinal’s class lacks in quantity — 14 signees — it more than makes up for in quality. Stanford signed the best player in the country at two positions (five-star pro-style QB Davis Mills and five-star TE Coby Parkinson). They missed on the top OT, but it’s cool, because they signed Nos. 2 and 3 (five-star Foster Sarell and five-star Walker Little).
(For some added perspective, SB Nation’s multi-year class rankings puts Stanford at 16th over the last five years.)
Stanford finished 19th nationally on Rivals, once again behind USC (who had the consensus best class in the conference), and also one spot behind Oregon.
Scout put the Cardinal 24th nationally, and behind Oregon, Washington, and UCLA in their rankings. However, Scout did note that the Cardinal had five players in their top 100, which was the 7th-most in the country.