The Stanford Cardinal class of 2021 got another commitment, their fifth of this circuit, and officially ended their near two-month dry spell when three-star safety Mitch Leigber committed to David Shaw and Co. on July 18.
Leigber is the fifth commitment and the first since May 28 for Stanford. He also represents the third safety committed for the class of 2021 and the fourth defensive back.
He joins three-star Josh Moore, three-star Caleb Ellis at safety and three-star cornerback Jimmy Wyrick in the secondary.
Leigber stands at 6’1, 205 and is the 43rd-ranked player in the state of California by 247Sports. Hailing from Laguna Hills High School, Leigber had at least 19 scholarship offers and Stanford beat out Pac-12 rivals, Arizona, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Washington State and most importantly Cal, all who had offered the safety.
Leigber is clearly in great academic standing as well as he had multiple offers from Ivy League schools as well.
He had a great junior season, a breakout season at that, and 247Sports national recruiting director Greg Biggins said “his junior season showed he’s one of the most versatile players in the region. He’s a two-way talent and put up big numbers at running back, receiver and defensive back.”
He spoke with 247Sports about his decision, stating that academics were a big reason for his commitment. His relationship with coach Duane Akina is what ultimately sealed the deal it sounds like.
“I had weekly calls with Coach Akina and I was able to watch film with him multiple times. I was able to see how I fit in Stanford’s defense. I was also able to sit in on a position Zoom meeting which was awesome.”
However it worked, we’re fine with it, as he seems tailor made for the Cardinal defense.
Welcome to The Farm, Mitch! Go Card!