After assembling Scout’s 8th-ranked recruiting class in 2017, Stanford Cardinal coach Jerod Haase continues to build momentum on the recruiting trail into 2018. In an interview with the New York Post this weekend, four-star guard Cormac Ryan committed to Stanford over Northwestern, Michigan, Notre Dame, Villanova, and Yale.
The fact that Haase was able to steal Ryan away from Northwestern speaks to Haase’s recruiting ability. Every member of the 247Sports basketball recruiting staff predicted that Ryan would commit to Northwestern, which is why it is so surprising that Haase was able to flip Ryan.
Ryan averaged 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists his junior year while shooting 40% from three. On the other end of the floor, Ryan lead the team in blocks and charges drawn. A college coach familiar with Ryan has been impressed by Ryan’s high basketball IQ and his ability to remain “two or three steps ahead of most players.”
Ryan cited Stanford’s strong combination of academics and athletics as well as Stanford’s plans to allow Ryan to remain at point guard as reasons for his commitment. Most schools that recruited Ryan wanted to play him as a shooting guard or a combo guard, which is why he was happy to find that Stanford “had designs for me to play the one.” In addition, Ryan was enticed by the idea of making an immediate impact at Stanford.
With the commitment of Cormac Ryan, it seems like a safe bet that Stanford’s 2017 recruiting class was not a fluke and that bright times are ahead in Maples Pavilion.