2. Stanford Cardinal
Last year’s Cardinal class was … lacking.
There were a few okay four-star caliber prospects, but it was a smallish class of just 16 players.
Getting QB Tanner McKee was huge, and there were a few other midrange-profile gets, but the class was nothing like the 2017 version that pulled in one of the nation’s best hauls for the offensive line.
This year’s class isn’t near the 2017 version, but it’s a bounceback recruiting season.
There might not be a slew of five-star types, but Elijah Higgins has NFL talent to step in right away and add something at one of the receiver spots. Stephen Herron is a great-looking defensive end, and Austin Jones could step in early on at running back.
But the biggest difference from last season is bulk – there are simply more bodies in this year’s class.
If you believe in the idea that recruiting is a contact sport – the more contacts and recruits, the more chances at someone to shine through – Shaw’s class has that. And it has more talent, too.