The 2018 Stanford Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Stanford Recruiting Class Overview
As always, Stanford needs to recruit to a certain type of player on a national scale, but as always under David Shaw, it was able to get several prospects who could’ve gone anywhere.
There wasn’t much for the offensive side, but Michael Wilson is a good-looking 6-2 receiver, Jay Symonds is another Stanford-caliber tight end, and running back Justus Woods was a decent get out of North Carolina.
The defensive side is getting a bit more help, coming up with a few pass rushers out of SEC country – Tobe Umerah from Georgia, and Andres Fox from Alabama – and tackle Thomas Booker is the best player in the class,
The Stanford Class Is Heavy On …
There might not be the talent of the 2016 class, but after not going after many last year, the Cardinal needed to restock the defensive back shelf.
Corner Donjae Logan desperately needs to hit the weight room to put bulk on his 5-10 frame, but he can move. 6-1, 188-pound Kendall Williamson has the right size and skills to be wanted by Auburn and Michigan State, but the Georgia native is tough enough to become a factor anywhere in the Cardinal secondary.
The Star of the Stanford Class Is …
WR Michael Wilson, 6-2, 178
Most of the Pac-12 wanted him, and Stanford was able to land him. Wilson is a good-sized target from just outside of Los Angeles who can get deep, and with enough wiggle to be deadly when he gets the ball in space. Mostly, he’ll be used as a home run hitter.
The Stanford Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The Stanford defense was okay at getting into the backfield, but it wasn’t devastating. However, almost all of the production is gone, starting with Harrison Phillips up front, and with a slew of great linebackers who were great at getting behind the line.
In all, 26.5 of the 32 sacks of production are gone, and five of the top six players in tackles for loss – and eight of the top 11 – have to be replaced.
Don’t expect those holes to be filled from this recruiting class.