Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Stanford Cardinal recruiting class.
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After a totally mediocre 2018 class, this is more like it. To be fair, last year’s class had plenty of talent – there were a few amazing gets – but there were only 15 signees. This class is bigger, better, and a whole lot stronger.
And there are the offensive tackles. After going big for the offensive line for a few years, there wasn’t much of anything last season. This time around … kaboom. Branson Bragg and Walter Rouse need time and more bulk, but they’re going to be good ones.
There’s no need for a quarterback after landing Tanner McKee – and getting him in 2020 after his church mission – along with Jack West, but head coach David Shaw got himself a running back. Austin Jones was wanted by everyone in the Pac-12, and a few SEC big boys, but he’s going to be a thing for this offense.
There’s no replacing Jet Toner for this year after he hit 14-of-15 field goals, but Ryan Sanborn is the kicker for the future. He’ll get a year to redshirt.
Next year, Shaw has to go bigger after linebackers. There weren’t many taken over the last two years, but the two he signed on this season are terrific prospects. Aeneas DiCosmo and Tristan Sinclair need to add weight, but they’re true national recruits wanted by a whole slew of big-time programs.
The defensive line has to be addressed in 2020, too. Shaw is great and using big defensive ends and turning them into tackles, but there wasn’t a true DT taken in this year’s haul, and not much last year. The D line will need the beef.
Yeah, Stanford has to search far and wide for players – it’s not easy finding Stanford-smart prospects who can play at a high level – but several Californians are a part of the class. This is a true national program, but seven of 21 signees were in-state.
The class was all taken care of before National Signing Day. Shaw had his guys early and everything was all settled. Now, the Cardinal recruiting is back at a level good enough to be considered among the top four in the Pac-12. This is no try-hard smart school in the recruiting world – cough … Northwestern … cough – Stanford gets the guys.