Stanford Football Signs 25 Recruits to National Letters of Intent

Feb. 5, 2003

Stanford, Calif -

Second-year head coach Buddy Teevens announced today the signing of 25 high school




It demonstrates that the combination of academics and athletics that Stanford offers is respected and valued throughout the country.
Head Foootball Coach Buddy Teevens



student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent to play football and attend Stanford University in the Fall of 2003. Teevens said he is pleased with the overall quality and quantity of the class, which includes some of the most coveted prep prospects in the nation.

'I believe we have put together a productive and solid class,' said Teevens. 'I think we hit our need areas with the type of student-athletes who will be able to help build our football program. They all had many options from which to choose and the fact that they chose Stanford shows the great awareness and appreciation for what this university stands for. It demonstrates that the combination of academics and athletics that Stanford offers is respected and valued throughout the country,' he said.

Stanford's class includes 14 players ranked by various recruiting services among the best at their positions. Of the 25-member class, 18 were named among the best in their region, including 10 who were recognized as Prep All-Americans.

'Our areas of concentration in this class included running backs, wide receiver and offensive and defensive fronts,' said Teevens. 'I think the staff did an excellent job canvassing the country and presenting Stanford to the top student-athletes in the nation. I am pleased that we were able to fill our needs in those key areas.'

At the running back position, the Cardinal landed three players who were ranked among the top 12 in the country, including Jason Evans (Acworth, GA), David Marrero (Parkland, FL) and Emeka Nnoli (Sacramento, CA), 'Running back was a high-need area for us,' said Teevens. 'Depth was a concern. But, we're very pleased with the three players we have in this class.'

For the second consecutive season, Stanford landed a local quarterback ranked as one of the top prospects in the country. Last year it was Trent Edwards from Los Gatos High School. This year, T.C. Ostrander from nearby Menlo-Atherton joins the Cardinal as one of the most highly-recruited and regarded prep quarterbacks. He was rated as high as the No. 4 QB prospect in the country.

Teevens was pleased with his group of wide receivers, who bring speed, size and athleticism to The Farm. Mark Bradford (Los Angeles, CA), Evan Moore (Brea, CA) and Jai Miller (Selma, AL) were all ranked among the top athletes in the nation.

On the offensive line, Mikal Brewer (Roswell, GA), Preston Clover (Lake Forest, CA) and Amir Malayery (Lawrenceville, GA) come to Stanford as three of the top OL recruits in the nation. 'We felt we needed to add depth in the offensive line and I think our staff did a great job adding to our depth up front,' said Teevens.

Two of the top tight end prospects in the nation will join the Cardinal in 2003, including Patrick Danahy (Sarasota, FL) and Michael Horgan (Pasadena, CA). Horgan, who may play defensive end, and Chris Horn, another TE/DE prospect, help provide the Cardinal with necessary depth at the tight end position.

On the defensive line, Emmanual Awofadeju (Roswell,GA), Nick Frank (New Orleans, LA) and Michael Macellari (Granger, IN) were all recognized as one of the best recruits at their position on a national level.

The Cardinal landed one of the top kickers in the nation in Jay Ottovegio (Coral Springs, FL), ranked by some as the No. 2 P/PK in the country.

At linebacker, Michael Okwo (Redondo Beach, CA) comes to Stanford as one of the most highly-recruited players in the nation.

Nnoli, Ostrander, Bradford and Evans were mentioned among the top 100 players in the country by several recruiting services.

Geographically, as is customary at Stanford, the Cardinal combed the nation for the top student-athletes, although this class has a significant southern flavor. Stanford's 25 recruits hail from 10 different states, including seven from California and five from Florida. Thirteen of the Cardinal recruits come from the south, with four coming from Georgia, two from Louisiana, one each from Mississippi and Alabama and five from Florida.

By position, Stanford's class includes 13 offensive players, eight defensive players, one kicker and three who play both offense and defense. Offensively, the class includes four lineman, four receivers, three running backs, one tight end and one quarterback. Defensively, the Cardinal recruited four lineman, two backs and two linebackers. There are two players who may play tight end or defensive end and one who will play either offensive or defensive line.

Noting the 2003 Recruiting Class

  • 25 high school recruits (13 offense, 8 defense, 1 kicker, 3 undecided)
  • 10 Prep All-Americas
  • 18 All-Region selections
  • 14 ranked nationally at their position
  • 3 RBs ranked among top-12 nationally, including No. 1 rated fullback and No. 3 rated all-purpose back
  • 3 defensive lineman ranked among best in the country
  • No. 4 rated quarterback
  • No. 2 rated kicker
  • No. 4 rated wide receiver
  • 3 wide receivers among the top 25 nationally
  • 2 tight ends ranked among the best in the country
  • By position: four offensive line, four defensive lineman, three running backs, four wide receivers, two defensive backs, two linebackers, one quarterback, one kicker, one tight end, three undecided
  • 10 states represented: California (7), Florida (5), Georgia (4), Arizona (2), Louisiana (2), one each from Wyoming, Texas, Mississippi, Indiana, Alabama
  • 13 recruits from the South: Florida (5), Georgia (4), Louisiana (2), Mississippi (1), Alabama (1)

-- click on each player to read their profiles --

2003 Stanford University Football Recruiting Class

Name
Pos
Ht.
Wt.
Hometown (High School)

Emmanuel Awofadeju

DE
6-4
240
Roswell, GA (Roswell)
Mark Bradford
WR
6-2
190
Los Angeles, CA (Fremont)
Mikal Brewer
OL
6-3
285
Peoria, AZ (Centennial)
Preston Clover
OL
6-4
275
Lake Forest, CA (Laguna Hills)
Patrick Danahy
TE
6-5
230
Sarasota, FL (Cardinal Mooney)
Jason Evans
RB
6-1
190
Acworth, GA (Harrison)
Nick Frank
DL
6-2
260
New Orleans, LA (Holy Cross)
Brandon Harrison
DB
6-2
200
Baton Rouge, LA (Catholic)
Michael Horgan
TE/DE
6-6
230
Pasadena, CA (Loyola)
Chris Horn
TE/DE
6-6
240
Dayton, WY (Tongue River)
David Jackson
DL/OL
6-5
250
Dunwoody, GA (Wesleyan)
Landon Johnson
LB
6-3
215
Arlington, TX (Kennedale)
David Long
OL
6-10
315
Madison, MS (Madison Central)
Michael Macellari
DL
6-5
270
Granger, IN (Clay)
Amir Malayery
OL
6-5
275
Lawrenceville, GA (Collins Hill)
David Marrero
RB
5-10
190
Parkland, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Jai Miller
WR
6-4
190
Selma, AL (Selma)
Evan Moore
WR
6-7
235
Brea, CA (Brea-Olinda)
Emeka Nnoli
FB/RB
6-1
225
Sacramento, CA (Natomas)
Michael Okwo
LB
6-0
215
Redondo Beach, CA (Mira Costa)
T.C. Ostrander
QB
6-3
210
Atherton, CA (Menlo-Atherton)
Jay Ottovegio
PK/P
6-0
190
Coral Springs, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Nick Sanchez
DB
6-0
180
Belle Glade, FL (Glades Day School)
Tim Sims
WR
6-0
180
Belle Glade, FL (Glades Central)
Udeme Udofia
DE
6-4
225
Scottsdale, AZ (Chaparral)
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