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Signing Day Press Conference with David Shaw

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Posted by Stanford Football on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

ATH Connor Wedington -

“Wedington is 6’ 0” and 189 pounds. 247 Sports ranks him the 5th best player in the nation at his position and the 4th best player overall in his home state of Washington.”

DE Ryan Johnson -

“Recruiting experts thought Johnson was more likely to sign with Auburn, but an official visit to Stanford on January 14 may have been the deciding factor for David Shaw’s squad.

247 ranks Johnson as the 7th-best strongside defensive end in the country and the 223rd best player in the nation.”

TE Colby Parkinson -

247Sports has Parkinson as the number one tight end in the 2017 class. At 6’7 and 228lbs, there is no doubt he will find his place and have a significant impact in Stanford’s offense in the years to come.”

TE Tucker Fisk -

“Adding Fisk to the 2017 class gives Stanford a blocking tight end with a towering frame (listed at 6’4” and 265 pounds, and a future dominant blocking presence in the patented “Ogre” package. However, the depth chart is something of a logjam at TE, with five guys already ahead of Fisk on the roster. Though he has decent pass-catching skills, Fisk would be best served working on his in-line blocking (as most of his protections came from the slot receiver position) if he intends on earning playing time early.”

OLB Levani Damuni -

“Ranking as a four-star recruit by Rivals, Damuni is 6’2” and weighs 225 pounds, which is a tad underweight for an outside linebacker. Coming from Utah, Damuni led the Ridgeline High School on defense who only allowed a little more than sixteen points per game. Damuni could certainly bring this leadership to the Farm. In fact, he’s even been compared to Stanford legend Shayne Skov. Like Skov, Damuni is passionate, and if he can produce anywhere near the same level as Skov, he’ll be an incredible addition at Stanford.”

WR Osiris St. Brown -

“He's a big, technically proficient wideout with great body control and good releases off the line. St. Brown plays outside the numbers, where he excels at double moves, tracks the ball well, and has solid top end speed.”

OT Foster Sarell -

“Foster Sarell joins Stanford with a big body and big expectations. Standing at almost 6’7” and weighing over 300 pounds, Foster Sarell is a five-star offensive lineman coming from Graham-Kapowsin High School in Graham Washington, where he anchored an offense that averaged almost 50 points per game.”

C Drew Dalman -

“Sandwiched into a class that includes the nation’s top two elite offensive lineman, Palma (California) offensive lineman Drew Dalman could easily be the least-heralded prospect in this year’s monster 2017 class for the Stanford Cardinal. However, the three-star center could be a great fit for a program widely recognized for its development of NFL-caliber talent in the trenches.”

DT Dalyn Wade-Perry -

“He has great height and weight to push people around in the interior and gets to the quarterback consistently. When he does not get the sack, he affects the throw and keeps the passer looking to his check down. The thing that stood out to me on film is Wade-Perry’s great vision and read on plays. He plays his gap and man while refusing to over pro sue on a play. He rarely gets caught up in the flow of down blocks or comes too far out on the edge to make a play on the inside run.”

RB Sione Heimuli-Lund -

“Standing at 6’1” and weighing 237 pounds, Lund uses force to run through defenders, which is something Stanford has not seen since Tyler Gaffney, but despite his size, Lund can still pick up speed on the outside and dodge defenders. As a senior, the Cardinal signee ran for 1250 yards and twelve touchdowns at Brighton High School in Utah, and he topped 1000 yards rushing in his junior season as well.”

CB Paulson Adebo -

“Adebo played both wide receiver and cornerback for Mansfield (TX) High School, earning first team all-area distinction on defense by the Dallas Morning News for his defensive prowess. The 6’1, 180-pound defensive back registered 53 tackles and three interceptions in his senior campaign, leading the Tigers to a 10-3 record.”

QB Davis Mills -

“The greatest part of his game, is the way he keeps his eyes downfield. He doesn't look to run when he is scrambling out of the pocket, like most quarterbacks do nowadays. With such a spread heavy offensive system in college football, most quarterbacks just look to run when the going gets tough, but not Mills. He keeps his head up while avoiding defenders. Being able to accurately pass on the move is another skill Mills possess.”

OT Walker Little -

“the main attraction for Little is his ability to “wreck shop”, as Episcopal head coach Steve Leisz said at Little’s commitment ceremony, as a run-blocker. His hands and upper body are a unique weapon in tossing defenders aside like rag dolls.”

S Stuart Head -

“Another advantage of Head's size is his ability to be better in the run defense. Head can plug up holes due to his height and his tackle range is significantly bigger than someone who is the average size for a safety. Head can reinforce the run defense by his big frame. He can plug up holes if he is blitzing or if he is playing close to the line.”