Stanford Football Signs 16 to National Letters of Intent

Feb. 6, 2002

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First-year head coach Buddy Teevens today announced the signing of 16 high school student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join the Stanford football program in the Fall of 2002.

Included in the group are some of the most coveted prep players in the country. Eight of the Cardinal's 16 recruits were named Prep All-Americans in 2001 while the other eight were named All-Region. Six members of the class are ranked among the best at their positions in the nation.

'I am very excited about the quality of our recruiting class,' said Teevens, who was named Stanford's head coach on January 9, 2002. 'I think we hit our need areas quite effectively and that several of these young players will challenge for playing time early in their careers. By adding six offensive linemen, four defensive backs, two quarterbacks and two linebackers, we were able to add depth to those areas which were hurt due to graduation.

'Depth on the offensive line was a concern because of the number of players who graduated off last year's team,' said Teevens. 'We are very pleased with the quality and quantity of offensive lineman in this class. In the secondary, we added the speed and one-on-one coverage skills that will work well with the defensive scheme we will employ next season. The two quarterbacks in the class are very talented and the combination of those two will help our depth at that position next season.

'Overall, in this transition year, I am pleased with the entire class and am looking forward to getting them on campus and in our program,' said Teevens.

By position, the class includes nine offensive and seven defensive players. The offensive players include six linemen, two quarterbacks and one tight end. Defensively, the Cardinal recruited four defensive backs, one defensive end and two linebackers.

Those earning Prep All-America honors this past season include OL David Beall (Vancouver, WA / Mountain View HS), OL Jon Cochran (Des Moines, IA / Valley HS), OL Jeff Edwards (Atlanta, GA / Marist HS), QB Trent Edwards (Los Gatos, CA / Los Gatos HS), DE Julian Jenkins (Atlanta, GA / Woodward Academy), DB Marcus McCutcheon (Huntington Beach, CA / Edison HS), TE Matt Traverso (Sacramento, CA / Christian Brothers HS) and OL Josiah Vinson (Irving, TX / Irving HS).

Players earning recognition as one of the top recruits in their region are DB Gerald Commissiong (Toronto, Canada / Vieux-Montral HS), LB Taualai Fonoti (Honolulu, HI / St. Louis HS), DB Trevor Hooper (Mountain View, CA / Mountain View HS), QB David Lofton (Plano, TX / Plano HS), OL Matt McClernan (Norcross, GA / Norcross HS), DB T.J. Rushing (Pauls Valley, OK / Pauls Valley HS), LB Mike Silva (San Diego, CA / Saint Augustine HS) and OL Ismail Simpson (Lawton, OK / Eisenhower HS).

Six of Stanford's recruits were ranked among the top 15 at their position nationwide. They include Trent Edwards ,ranked by one publication as the No. 2 quarterback in the nation and defensive end Julian Jenkins, ranked No. 4 by one recruiting service. TE Matt Traverso was ranked as the No. 7 tight end, OL David Beall was rated by a recruiting service as the No. 7 offensive lineman in the country, OL Jon Cochran was ranked No. 11 and Josiah Vinson was rated the No. 12 offensive lineman in the nation by one recruiting source.

Once again, Stanford's recruiting efforts were national, even international. Of the Cardinal's 16 recruits, seven states and two countries were represented. The Cardinal had 15 recruits from the U.S. and one from Canada. Stanford had five recruits from California, three from Georgia, two from Texas and Oklahoma and one each from Washington, Iowa and Hawaii.

2002 Stanford University Football Recruiting ClassName            Pos  Ht.  Wt.  Hometown (High School)David Beall        OL   6-5   300    Vancouver, WA (Mountain View)Jon Cochran        OL   6-6   290    West Des Moines, IA (Valley)Gerald Commissiong DB   6-0   201    Toronto, CAN (Vieux-Montreal)Jeff Edwards       OL   6-7   265    Atlanta, GA (Marist)Trent Edwards      QB   6-4   195    Los Gatos, CA (Los Gatos)Taualai Fonoti     LB   6-2   245    Honolulu, HI (St. Louis)Trevor Hooper      DB   6-1   190    Mountain View, CA (Mtn. View)Julian Jenkins     DE   6-4   240    Atlanta, GA (Woodward Academy)David Lofton       QB   6-4   200    Plano, TX (Plano West)Matt McClernan     OL   6-6   260    Norcross, GA (Norcross)Marcus McCutcheon  DB   6-0   180    Huntington Beach, CA (Edison)T.J. Rushing       DB   5-10  170    Pauls Valley, OK (Pauls Valley)Mike Silva         LB   6-3   220    San Diego, CA (Saint Augustine)Ismail Simpson     OL   6-5   300    Lawton, OK (Eisenhower)Matt Traverso      TE   6-6   245    Sacramento, CA (Christian Brothers)Josiah Vinson      OL   6-4   310    Irving, TX (Irving)

Noting the 2002 Recruiting Class
* 16 high school recruits (nine offense, seven defense)
* Eight Prep All-Americas, eight All-Region
* By position: six offensive line, four defensive backs, two quarterbacks, two linebackers, one tight end, one defensive end.
* Seven states represented: California, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, Iowa, Hawaii
* 15 from the U.S., one from Canada
* Three recruits from the Northern California: QB Trent Edwards, Los Gatos, DB Trevor Hooper, Mountain View, TE Matt Traverso, Sacramento
* Three recruits have fathers who played in the NFL: Julian Jenkins (father, Eddie, Miami Dolphins), David Lofton (father, James, Packers, Raiders, Bills, Eagles), Marcus McCutcheon (father, Lawrence, Rams, Broncos, Bills)
* Four recruits have brothers who have played or are currently playing college football: Taualai Fonoti (brother, Toniuolevaiavea, Nebraska, 1999-2001), Marcus McCutcheon (brother, Daylon, USC, 1995-98), Mike Silva (brother, Billy, Northwestern, 1998-2001), Matt Traverso (brother, Joe, current sophomore at Harvard).

Player Profiles

David Beall
OL, 6-5, 300
Vancouver, WA (Mountain View HS)
One of the top offensive line prospects in the nation ... Named a Prep All-America by Super Prep and Prep Star ... Super Prep also ranked him as the seventh best offensive line prospect in the country and the No. 2 recruit overall in the state of Washington ... An All-Far West selection by Tom Lemming's Report ... First-Team Best in the West by the Long Beach Press Telegram, Northwest Nugget (one of eight) by the Tacoma News Tribune and a Blue Chip player (one of three) by the Seattle Times ... Four-year starter and four-year Scholar-Athlete at Mountain View HS in Vancouver, Wash ... Three-time First-Team 4A All-League selection and two-time First-Team Academic All-Conference ... As a senior, he was named First-Team All-State and All-Conference ... Chosen to All-County Dream Team by the Columbian Newspaper ... 4A All-Conference Lineman of the Year ... Started on both offensive and defensive line as a senior while helping his team to a third place finish in the state playoffs ... Has played center, guard and tackle throughout his high school career ... As a junior, he was named to the county Dream Team, was a First-Team All-Conference selection and a Northwest Nugget in waiting.

Jon Cochran
OL, 6-6, 290
West Des Moines, IA (Valley HS)
Prep All-America offensive lineman from Valley High School in Iowa ... Prep Star named him to their All-America team and ranked him as the No. 11 offensive line prospect in the nation and the No. 2 offensive lineman in the Midwest ... Selected to the All-Midlands teams by Tom Lemming's Report and Super Prep ... Pro Prep Sports All-America Dream Team member ... First-Team All-State and All-Conference as a senior ... Also named Academic All-State and All-Conference ... Participates in basketball and track as well ... A state qualifier in the shot and discus as a junior ... Elected an Iowa Scholar.

Gerald Commissiong
DB, 6-0, 201
Toronto, CAN (Vieux-Montreal HS)
Joins RB Kerry Carter (Vaughn, Ontario), DE Louis Hobson (Toronto, Ontario) and FS O.J. Atogwe (Windsor, Ontario) as the fourth Canadian on the 2002 Cardinal ... Super Prep named him to their All-Canadian Team ... Gerald attended Saint Michael's College Prep in Toronto for two years (1999-2000) before attending Vieux-Montreal Prep for his 13th year (Canada has a 13th year of high school) ... At Vieux-Montreal in 2001, he was the starting safety for a team that won the 2001 Bol D'or AAA Provincial championship ... He also played hockey and ran track (100m and 200m) ... While at Saint Michael's, he was one of the top prep players in the Toronto area ... In his final season as a running back and safety, Gerald rushed for 1,253 yards, accounted for 1,622 all-purpose yards and scored 27 touchdowns ... Defensively, he had 94 tackles, including 19 special teams tackles, four interceptions and six forced fumbles ... He was named First-Team All-Canadian, First-Team All-Eastern Canada and First-Team All-Ontario ... Toronto Sun All-Star running back ... Starting safety for the 2001 Junior National Football Team ... While at Saint Michael's, he was also named MVP on the Metro Bowl for four straight years and MVP of the All-Star game as a junior and senior ... Has played the violin for six years ... Also plays piano ... One of his three sisters, Nicole, was an All-America in track at the University of Oregon.

Jeff Edwards
OL, 6-7, 265
Atlanta, GA (Marist HS)
Talented offensive lineman who was named All-America by Prep Star, All-Dixie by Super Prep and All-Southeast by Tom Lemming's Report ... High school teammate of current Cardinal Leigh Torrence ... Three-year starter at Marist HS ... Named All-County the past two years and All-State following his junior season ... Four-year letterman in basketball, two-year starter and team captain ... Member of the National Honor Society.

Trent Edwards
QB, 6-4, 195
Los Gatos, CA (Los Gatos HS)
One of the premiere recruits in the nation ... Rated by every recruiting publication among the top quarterback prospects in the country ... Played for nearby Los Gatos High School ... USA Today ranked Trent the No. 1 pass quarterback in the nation ... Student Sports ranked him as the No. 2 quarterback prospect in the nation ... He was named All-America by Super Prep, Prep Star, Parade, Student Sports and Tom Lemming's Report, to name a few ... Member of the Prep Star's 'Dream Team' and the Student Sports Top 101 ... Lemming named him the No. 7 QB in the nation and the No. 15 overall recruit ... Parade ranked him the No. 3 quarterback in the country, Prep Star ranked Trent the No. 4 QB in the nation while Super Prep had him No. 7 ... In the last two seasons at Los Gatos HS, he not only led the team to a 26-0 record and back-to-back Central Coast Section Division III championships, but he also posted very impressive numbers: 279-of-373, 5,064 yards, 58 touchdowns and just seven interceptions ... His completion percentage was an astounding 75% ... As a senior, he was named the CCS Player of the Year by the San Jose Mercury News, First-Team All-State by Cal Hi Sports, First-Team All-League, DeAnza League MVP and First-Team All-CCS ... He completed 154-of-213 (.723) for 2,535 yards, 29 TD and three interceptions ... As a junior, he was named First-Team All-League and All-CCS, First-Team All-State Underclassman and First-Team Junior All-America ... He set a state record with a completion percentage of .781 (125-of-160) ... He also threw for 2,529 yards with 29 TDs and just four interceptions ... National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete for Santa Clara County following his senior season.

Taualai Fonoti
LB, 6-2, 245
Honolulu, HI (St. Louis HS)
First-Team All-State linebacker from St. Louis High School in Hawaii ... Led the team with 83 tackles, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries a year ago ... Named All-Farwest by Super Prep ... Also lettered in track and soccer ... All-State in the 110m high hurdles ... Brother, Toniuolevaiavea, was an All-America offensive lineman as a junior at Nebraska last season ... He is foregoing his senior season to make himself available for the 2002 NFL Draft ... Taualai, born in American Samoa, is a member of the National Honor Society and current president of the Student Council at St. Louis HS.

Trevor Hooper
DB, 6-1, 190
Mountain View, CA (Mountain View HS)
Starting running back and cornerback at nearby Mountain View High School the past two seasons ... Named to Super Prep's All-Farwest team ... Santa Clara Valley Athletic League MVP as a senior and Mid-Peninsula High School All-Star team selection ... As a running back, he gained 1,230 yards on the ground, caught 24 passes for 300 yards and scored 14 touchdowns ... On defense, he accounted for 50 tackles, caused five fumbles and had one interception while leading Mountain View HS to its first SCVAL title since 1995 ... He is the first athlete from his high school to be offered a Pac-10 scholarship ... Also participated in track and basketball ... Competed in the Central Coast Section semi-finals in the triple jump and long jump following his junior season ... Member of the basketball team for two years ... California Scholastic Federation and Who's Who Among American High School Students ... Recognized by the 2002 National Achievement Scholarship Program for placing in the top 5% of high school African-Americans nationwide.

Julian Jenkins
DE, 6-4, 240
Atlanta, GA (Woodward Academy)
A consensus Prep All-America ... Ranked by several publications as one of the top recruits in the nation ... Super Prep ranked him No. 21 on their list of the nation's Elite 50 high school recruits ... Student Sports listed him as the No. 34 overall recruit in the country while Tom Lemming's Report had him No. 42 in the nation ... Rated among the top four defensive lineman in the country by USA Today, Super Prep, and Prep Star ... Lemming's listed Julian as the No. 8 defensive line prospect and No. 6 as an 'athlete' ... The top defensive line prospect in the Southeast by Prep Star and a member of Prep Star's 'Dream Team' ...Super Prep named him the Dixie Defensive Player of the Year ... Listed among the top 100 players in the nation by CNNSI and ESPN.com ... Emfinger ranked him the No. 10 defensive end in the nation and the No. 12 defensive tackle ... As a senior at Woodward Academy, he accounted for 86 tackles, eight sacks, three pass deflections, two caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two tackles for loss ... Chosen the Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year ... Named First-Team All-City, Metro Super 11, Super Southern 100 and South Fulton County Super 11 ... Participates in basketball and track in HS ... National Achievement Program participant and member of the National Honor Society ... Father, Eddie Jenkins, played for the Miami Dolphins.

David Lofton
QB, 6-4, 200
Plano, TX (Plano HS)
One of the top prep players in the state of Texas last season ... Ranked by Prep Star as an All-Midlands player as an 'athlete' ... All-Southwest selection as a defensive back by Tom Lemming's Report ... Starting quarterback for Plano High School last season ... He accounted for over 2,000 yards (rushing and passing) and scored 17 touchdowns in his first season as the starting QB ...District 9-5A leader in passing and total offense ... First-Team All-Area as a senior and All-District as a junior and senior ... Rivals.com listed David among the state's top 100 recruits and among the nation's top 'athletes' ... Threw for 950 yards and 10 TDs as a junior ... Chosen to quarterback the East team in the inagural Texas State All-Star Game this past season ... Named a Gridiron Great following his senior season ... Academic All-State selection ... National Achievement Scholar finalist and National Merit Scholar Semifinalist ... Four-year letterman in track (200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m) ... He is the son of James Lofton, one of the NFL's great wide receivers and a member of the Stanford football program from 1974-77.

Matt McClernan
OL, 6-6, 260
Norcross, GA (Norcross HS)
Super Prep named him to their All-Dixie team as one of the top offensive lineman in the south ... As a senior at Norcross HS in Georgia, he totaled 51 knockdown blocks while grading out at 88% for the season ... First-Team All-County a year ago ... Played tight end until middle of junior season, then was switched to offensive tackle ... Lettered in football three times, twice in basketball and once in baseball ... Received Scholar-Athlete Award all four years in high school.

Marcus McCutcheon
DB, 6-0, 180
Huntington Beach, CA (Edison)
Tremendous athlete who comes from a football family and is considered one of the top defensive backs in the nation ... Named a high schoool All-America by Prep Star, which ranked him the No. 6 defensive back in the west ... Named to the All-Farwest Teams by Super Prep and Tom Lemming's Report ... As a senior at Edison HS, he accounted for 35 tackles, four interceptions, six pass deflections and two fumble recoveries while playing free safety ... As a receiver, he had 41 receptions for 565 yards and eight touchdowns ... Team captain as a senior ... Helped his team win the Sunset League championship and advance to the CIF Southern Section championship game ... Three-time All-League selection ... First-Team All-County as a senior ... Earned four varsity letters in football and two in baseball ... National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete ... Finalist for the 2001-02 Franklin D. Watkins Award (National Black Scholar-Athlete Award) ... He is the son of former NFL great Lawrence McCutcheon and the brother of Daylon McCutcheon, who starred at USC (1995-98) and is currently playing for the Cleveland Browns.

T.J. Rushing
DB, 5-10, 170
Paul Valley, OK (Pauls Valley HS)
Named All-Midlands by Super Prep ... Starred in football, basketball and track at Pauls Valley HS in Oklahoma ... Last season in football, he was named the County Player of the Year and First-Team All-State as a cornerback ... He played quarterback, running back and cornerback as a senior ... Accounted for over 1900 yards rushing and 27 TDs ... Four-time All-County selection in football ... County Player of the Year in basketball following his junior season ... In track, he led his team to the state 3A championship after capturing four gold medals in last year's meet (100m, 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m) ... Member of the National Honor Society and Who's Who Among American High School Students.

Mike Silva
LB, 6-3, 220
San Diego, CA (Saint Augustine HS)
All-Farwest selection by Super Prep out of Saint Augustine HS in San Diego ... Played outside linebacker and fullback as a senior ... Accounted for 16 sacks, two blocked kicks and 90 tackles while catching 18 balls for two touchdowns on offense ... Named to the Cal Hi Sports Top 100 list ... First-Team All-Eastern League and First-Team Academic All-County following his senior season ... San Diego Union-Tribune Scholar-Athlete Award as a junior and senior ... Second-team All-League as a junior ... Inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, San Diego Chapter ... Four-year letterman in track and two-year letterwinner in baseball ... Competed in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100 in track ... Member of the National Honor Society and California Scholastic Federation ... Brother, Billy, was an all-conference linebacker at Northwestern (1998-2001).

Ismail Simpson
OL, 6-5, 300
Lawton, OK (Eisenhower HS)
Another talented offensive lineman who comes to Stanford as one of the best prep players in the nation ... He earned All-Midlands recognition from Prep Star and Super Prep ... Lawton Constitution All-Area, Class 6A-1 All-District, Daily Oklahoman Second-Team All-State and Class 6A All-State ... Sooners Illustrated ranked him the No. 7 recruit in the state... Listed as one of the top 10 players in the state by swfab50recruiting.com ... Member of the National Honor Society.

Matt Traverso
TE, 6-6, 245
Sacramento, CA (Christian Brothers HS)
Rated as one of the top tight end prospects in the country ... All-America selection by Super Prep and Prep Star ... Prep Star rated him as the No. 2 tight end prospect in the west while Super Prep had him as the No. 7 tight end in the nation ... An All-Farwest selection by Tom Lemming's, Super Prep and Prep Star ... Played TE and defensive end for Christian Brothers HS in Sacramento ... Last season as a senior, he recorded 30 receptions for 630 yards and nine touchdowns ... Defensively, he accounted for 63 solo tackles, 15 sacks, which led the Sacramento area, 22 pass deflections, 10 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries ... Named All-City on offense and defense his junior and senior seasons ... League MVP as a senior ... Three-year All-Conference selection on both offense and defense ... Rivals 100 No. 5 tight end in the nation ... Earned three varsity letters in football and four in basketball ... In basketball, he was named All-League three times and All-City twice ... First-Team All-NorCal in basketball ... Averaged 19 points and 14 rebounds last season ... Member of the National Honor Society and California Scholastic Federation ... Brother, Joe, is a sophomore offensive guard at Harvard, which went 9-0 and won the Ivy League title in 2001.

Josiah Vinson
OL, 6-4, 310
Irving, TX (Irving HS)
Ranked by Tom Lemming's Report as the No. 12 offensive lineman in the nation ... First-Team All-America by Lemming's, Prep Star and Gridiron Greats ... Dave Campbell's Texas Football First-Team Super Team ... Named All-Southwest by Super Prep, Prep Star and Lemming's ... Two-time First-Team All-District ... Did not allowed a sack as a junior or senior ... Had 85 pancake blocks as a senior ... As a part-time defensive lineman, he added 20 tackles and one sack in four games ... Played in the second U.S. Army All-America Bowl this past season ... National Merit Semifinalist ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Oldest of eight children and the son of David Vinson, who played football at Notre Dame from 1974-77.

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