Stanford Signs 16 To National Letters-of-Intent in Football
Feb. 2, 2005
Stanford University announced today the signing of 16 student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent to play football and attend Stanford University in the Fall of 2005. First-year head coach Walt Harris, who was named the Cardinal's head coach on December 13, 2004, said he is pleased with the class, which includes some of the most coveted prep prospects in the nation.
'I think our coaches did an excellent job travelling throughout the country to meet with our recruits,' said Harris. 'As more coaches joined our staff, they jumped right into the process and were extremely successful. We had a very good year and we're very pleased with the quality of the class. We'll be able to evaluate the class better in a few years.'
'I was impressed that several of our recruits chose Stanford over some of the finest programs in the country,' said Harris, who was the head coach at the University of Pittsburgh the past eight years. 'That tells me something about this University and what it stands for.'
'As far as the class is concerned, we did have an emphasis on defense,' said Harris. 'Due to the number of defensive players who will graduate after this season, it was important for us to get a good group of defensive players this year.'
Among the 16-member class, the Cardinal recruited 10 defensive players, four offensive players and two listed on both offense and defense. Stanford's class includes a quarterback, running back, tight end and lineman on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, the Cardinal brought in four lineman, two backs, three linebackers and one who will play OLB or DE along with two players listed as cornerback or wide receiver.
As usual, Stanford's recruiting was national. Twelve states are represented among the 16 players and only three are from California. Four of the recruits are from the East (New York, New Jersey, Massachusettes) and six are from Pac-10 states (California, Arizona, Washington). The Cardinal recruited three from California, two from Massachusettes and Arizona and one each from Washington, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Michigan, Georgia, Missouri, Illinois and Utah.
Four players earned All-America recognition and 13 received honors as one of the top recruits in their region. The All-America selections included TE Jim Dray (Paramus NJ/Bergen Catholic HS), DE Matt Kopa (Elk Grove, CA/Elk Grove HS), OLB Will Powers (Foster City, CA/Serra HS) and DT Ekom Udofia (Scottsdale, AZ/Chaparral HS), who is the brother of current Cardinal defensive end Udeme Udofia.
Udofia and Powers were consensus Prep All-Americans. Udofia, 6-2, 335, played only seven games in 2004 due to injury, but his status as one of the nation's elite players did not wane. He was ranked as high as the No. 5 defensive line recruit in the country. Powers, the only Bay Area native in the class from Foster City, Calif., was also ranked among the top prep defensive ends in the nation. He will play outside linebacker for the Cardinal, however.
Dray was ranked by some as the No. 1 recruit in New Jersey and among the top 10 tight end prospects in the country while Kopa was regarded as one of the top 10 defensive end prospects in the nation.
Ten of Stanford's recruits are defensive players. On the defensive line, Udofia and Kopa are joined by Ben Ladner (Kansas City, MO/Pembroke HS) and James McGillicuddy (Worcester, MA/St. John's HS). Ladner was named All-Midlands and is a two-time All-State selection while McGillicuddy was chosen All-Northeast and the Massachusettes State Player of the Year.
The three linebacker prospects are Clinton Snyder (San Diego, CA/Monte Vista HS), Fred Campbell (New Rochelle, NY/New Rochelle HS) and Powers. Snyder is an All-Farwest selection and the San Diego County Defensive Player of the Year. Campbell, an All-Northeast selection, was chosen First-Team All-State and ranked among the top prospects in the state of New York.
Defensive backs include Bo McNally (Salt Lake City, UT/Highlands HS), an all-state player from Utah who played both quarterback and free safety, and Blaise Johnson (Tempe, AZ/Corona del Sol HS) is an all-state defensive back and conference MVP on offense.
Two players who may play wide receiver or cornerback are Kris Evans (Monroe, MI/Monroe HS), one of the top prospects from the state of Michigan and an All-Midwest selection, and Chris Hobbs (Marietta, GA/Marietta HS), who is among the best prep players in Georgia.
Tom McAndrew (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West HS) can play either OLB or defensive end. McAndrew earned All-State honors and was an All-Midwest selection.
In addition to Dray, three other recruits are offensive players. Tavita Pritchard (Tacoma, WA/Clover Park HS) is the lone quarterback recruit. He threw for over 5,300 yards and 55 touchdowns in his career and is among the top 10 prospects in Washington and an All-West pick. OL Chris Marinelli (Braintree, MA/Boston College HS) was rated among the top five prospects in the state and among the top eight in New England. RB Xxavier Carter (Dallas, TX/Frisco HS) gained over 1,000 yards and is considered among the top recruits in the state of Texas.
LB, 6-1, 220
New Rochelle, NY (New Rochelle HS)
Ranked as the No. 15 recruit in the state of New York and to the All-Northeast Team by Super Prep ... He played tight end, fullback and defensive end the past two years at New Rochelle High School ... First-Team All-State, All-Westchester County, All-Section and All-League following his senior season ... Also named to the All-State Scholastic Team ... As a junior, he was selected First-Team All-League and Second-Team All-Section ... Two-year letter-winner in track ... Events were the 100m, 200m and shot put ... Played violin in the school orechestra for four years ... Member of the All-State Orchestra ... National Achievement Finalist ... Mother, Mary, attended Stanford.
RB, 6-1, 195
Dallas, TX (Frisco HS)
The only running back in the class, Xxavier comes to Stanford as one of the top running backs in the state of Texas ... He gained 1,013 yards and scored nine touchdowns last season at Frisco High School in Dallas ... Earned First-Team All-District and First-Team Academic All-District following his senior season ... As a junior, he was First-Team Academic All-District and Second-Team All-District ... Three-year letter-winner in track ... Events were the 100m, 200m, 400m and relays ... Bests include 10.4 in the 100m and 50.0 in the 400m ... Has participated in the Texas Relays the past two years ... Member of the National Honor Society ... His father, Russell, starred at SMU from 1979-82 and was a first round pick in the NFL Draft by the New York Jets ... He played in the NFL for seven seasons, four with the Jets and three with the Raiders.
TE, 6-5, 230
Paramus, NJ (Bergen Catholic HS)
Prep All-America by both Super Prep and Prepstar ... Ranked as the No. 9 tight end in the nation by Super Prep and the No. 8 overall recruit in the state of New Jersey ... Prepstar ranked him as the No. 1 tight end in the East ... Career stats include 66 receptions, 786 yards and five TDs ... Defensively, he accounted for 281 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 20 sacks and eight interceptions ... He started at both tight end and outside linebacker as a junior and senior ... Two-time First-Team All Bergen County, All-North Jersey and All-League ... Named Second-Team All-State following his junior and senior seasons ... As a senior, he had 28 receptions for 320 yards and one touchdown to go along with 65 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two interceptions ... Starting outside linebacker as a sophomore ... Member of the National Honor Society.
CB/WR, 6-0, 175
Monroe, MI (Monroe HS)
Talented defensive back and running back from the state of Michigan who was recognized as one of the nation's top recruits ... Super Prep and Prepstar named Chris to their All-Midwest Teams ... He was rated among the top prospects in the state of Michigan: No. 18 by the Detroit Free Press and No. 34 by the Detroit News ... As a senior, he rushed for 1,310 yards (8.5 ypc) and 14 touchdowns while also returning two kickoffs for touchdowns ... As a cornerback, he had 40 tackles and an interception ... He earned First-Team All League, All-Region, All-Metro and All-Western Michigan as a running back ... As a junior, he was named First-Team All-League and All-Region as both a defensive back and running back ... Participated in track and basketball as well ... Two-time all-league selection in basketball ... Best times in track include 10.9 in the 100m, 22.3 in the 200m and 49.4 in the 400m.
CB/WR, 5-9, 175
Marietta, GA (Marietta HS)
Started at both wide receiver and cornerback the past two years at Marietta High School in Georgia ... Two-time First-Team All-County receiver ... First-Team All-Region receiver last season after catching 40 balls for over 700 yards and 10 touchdowns ... As a corner, he accounted for 50 tackles and had three interceptions ... Also returned a punt 80-yards for a touchdown ... Competed in track in high school in the 100m, 200m, 400m, relays and long jump ... Plans to compete for the Cardinal track team ... Father, Chris Sr., was a running back for the University of Miami from 1978-81.
DB, 5-11, 180
Tempe, AZ (Corona del Sol HS)
Played quarterback, cornerback, receiver, running back and safety at Corona del Sol High School in Arizona ... Honored as one of the state's top prep players ... Three-year starter on both offense and defense ... Last season as a senior, he was named First-Team All-State defensive back as well as the Central Conference Offensive Player of the Year while starting at quarterback ... He rushed for 890 yards and 14 TDs, threw for 780 yards and 10 TDs, caught six passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns and returned two kicks for touchdowns ... Also selected First-Team All-City and All-Conference ... Selected to play on the Arizona All-Star team ... Nominated for state Player of the Year honors ... Named the No. 1 scholar-athlete in Arizona by Student Sports ... Also participated in wrestling, baseball, track and weightlifting in high school ... Three-year varsity starter in wrestling ... Finished in the top eight in the state in 2004 ... Three-time All-City weightlifting champion ... National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Honorable Mention Scholar-Athlete following his senior season ... Nominated for Arizona Interscholastic Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
DE, 6-6, 270
Elk Grove, CA (Elk Grove HS)
Selected to Prepstar 's All-America team and ranked as the No. 4 defensive line prospect in the west ... Also named to Super Prep's All-Farwest team ... Rivals.com rated Matt as the No. 7 DE prospect in the nation and No. 1 at strongside defensive end ... He had 57 tackles, four sacks, two caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries last season at Elk Grove High School ... Earned post-season honors as both an offensive an defensive lineman ... He was named First-Team All-Delta League, All-City and All-Section as a senior ... Also named Second-Team All-State ... Received votes in the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West team ... First-Team All-League as a junior ... Nominated to play in the U.S. All-American Bowl ... Played in the California-Florida All-Star game ... Two-year varsity basketball player ... Member of the California Scholastic Federation.
DL, 6-3, 265
Kansas City, MO (Pembroke HS)
One of the nation's top defensive line prospects out of Pembroke HS in Missouri ... Ben was selected to the All-Midlands team by both Super Prep and Prepstar ... Two-time first-team All-State selection ... He earned All-State honors as a defensive end following his senior year and as a tight end as a junior ... Started at defensive end and running back as a senior ... As a running back, he rushed for over 600 yards and accounted for more than 400 receiving yard while scoring 15 TDs ... He was named First-Team All-District as a DE and First-Team Nike Camp All-America ... As a junior, he started at tight end and defensive end ... He had 20 receptions for 400 yards and four touchdowns ... First-Team All-District and All-Conference as a tight end ... Started at DE as a sophomore ... National Merit Semifinalist ... Father, Dale, played basketball at the University of Kansas.
OL, 6-7, 290
Braintree, MA (Boston College HS)
Rated as one of the top prospects in New England and in the nation ... Super Prep and Prepstar named Chris to their All-East Teams as one of the best prep recruits in the region ... Super Prep ranked him as the No. 8 recruit in New England ... Rivals.com ranked him No. 5 in Massachusettes and No. 11 in New England ... In high school, he was a three-year starter at defensive tackle and two year starter on offense (tight end as a junior, offensive tackle as a senior) ... For his career, he tallied 160 tackles, 17 quarterback sacks, 12 pass deflections, 10 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, one interception and a forced safety ... As a tight end, he caught 18 passes for 170 yards ... He was named All-Conference, All-Eastern Mass and All-State ... All-Scholastic in his league ... Two-year letter-winner in basketball and three-year letter-winner in track ... Threw the shot and discus ... Conference champion in the discus as a junior with a best of 143-11 ... Two-time qualifier for the state meet in the discus ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Father, Jim, played offensive line at Northeastern University, Uncle Joe played defensive end at the University of New Hampshire and his cousin, Mike, currently plays defensive end at Penn.
OLB/DE, 6-5, 240
Glen Ellyn IL (Glenbard West HS)
One of the top prep players from the state of Ilinois, Tom played defensive end, outside linebacker, tight end and punter last year at Glenbard West High School ... He was a First-Team All-State selection as a defensive end ... Named to the All-Midwest Team by Prepstar, Super Prep and Lemming's ... He had 47 tackles and seven sacks on defense and 30 receptions and two touchdowns on offense ... For his career, Tom accounted for 120 tackles, 68 receptions and three touchdowns ... Two-time First-Team All-Conference and All-Area ... Named All-Area as a punter ... Starting middle linebacker as a sophomore ... Four-year letter-winner in basketball ... Member of the National Honor Society and the French Honor Society.
DT, 6-4, 285
Worcester, MA (St. John's HS)
Named the top recruit in the state of Massachusettes by Prepstar ... Super Prep ranked him as the No. 6 recruit in New England ... Chosen All-Northeast by Super Prep and Lemming's and All-East by Prepstar ... The 2004 Gatorade Massachesettes State Player of the Year ... Started on both offensive and defensive line at St. John's High School ... First-Team All-State as an offensive lineman following his senior season ... On defense, he registered 75 tackles, 15 sacks, nine forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... Central Massachusettes All-Star selection as both a junior and senior ... Also an outstanding wrestler ... Won the state and New England championship last season as a junior in the heavyweight division ... Had an overall record of 34-4 ... An Eagle Scout, President of high school and member of the National Honor Society ... Father, Gerry, played football at Harvard.
DB, 6-1, 205
Salt Lake City, UT (Highlands HS)
Played quarterback and free safety the past two years at Highland High School in Salt Lake City ... Named to Prepstar's All-Midlands team as one of the top recruits in the region ... First-Team All-State quarterback as a junior and senior ... Last year, he rushed for over 1,600 yards and scored 16 touchdowns while throwing for over 800 yards and eight more TDs while running the Triple Option offense ... As a safety, he had six interceptions and 75 tackles ... MVP of his region and First-Team All-State as both a QB and free safety ... Rushed for over 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior ... He also threw for five more touchdowns and 500 yards ... Defensively, he had five interceptions and 45 tackles ... Named Region MVP and First-Team All-State QB ... Started at running back as a sophomore ... Three-year varsity basketball player ... Competed in the long jump and 100m in track ... Academic All-State nominee following his senior season ... His grandfather, Dave, was a major league pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles ... Father, Jeff, and mother, Catherine, attended Stanford.
OLB, 6-4, 230
Foster City, CA (Serra HS)
A consensus prep All-America from nearby Serra High School in Foster City, California ... Will was recognized as one of the nation's top recruits and rated among the best defensive end prospects in the country ... He was named All-America by Super Prep and Prepstar ... Super Prep named him the Farwest Defensive Player of the Year ... San Jose Mercury News Player of the Year ... First-Team All-West Catholic Athletic League as well as the league's Co-MVP ... Named First-Team Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West ... Had 75 tackles and seven sacks as a senior while starting at both defensive end and tight end ... Also named First-Team All-County on both offense and defense ... Second-Team All-State underclass on defense ... As a junor, he started at defensive end and offensive tackle and earned First-Team All-WCAL and All-County and Second-Team All-State underclass ... Started at tight end and defensive end as a sophomore and was named the league's Sophomore of the Year ... Played varsity basketball for three years.
QB, 6-4, 180
Tacoma, WA (Clover Park HS)
Talented quarterback from the state of Washington who was ranked as one of the top prospects in in the west ... Named All-Farwest by Super Prep and All-West by Prepstar ... Super Prep ranked him No. 10 on their list of the top prospects in Washington ... Threw for 5,323 yards and 55 touchdowns in his career ... Seamont League Offensive MVP and First-Team All-League as a senior ... He completed 147-of-286 for 2,277 yards and 25 touchdowns ... Also named to the Tacoma News Tribune's All-Area team ... As a junior, he was named Second-Team All-League after completing 154-of-317 for 2,235 yards and 24 touchdowns ... Four-year letter-winner in basketball and three-year letter-winner in baseball ... Earned All-League honors in both basketball and baseball ... His father, David, was a starting center at Washington State who played in the 1981 Holiday Bowl ... His uncle is Jack Thompson, legendary quarterback at WSU.
OLB, 6-4, 215
San Diego, CA (Monte Vista HS)
Recognized as one of the top recruits in the state of California and in the west region ... He was named to Super Prep's All-Farwest Team and to Prepstar's All-West squad ... San Diego County Defensive Player of the Year out of Monte Vista High School ... As a senior, he accounted for 95 tackles and 18 sacks ... Also scored seven touchdowns while starting at tight end ... He was named Second-Team All-State, First-Team CIF and First-Team All-League ... Grossmont League and East San Diego County Defensive MVP ... Received votes in the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West ... As a junior, he had 83 tackles and 17.5 sacks and was named First-Team All-CIF and East County and league defensive MVP ... Played four years of varsity basketball ... First-Team All-League selection as a junior ... National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete for San Diego County
DT, 6-2, 335
Scottsdale, AZ (Chaparral HS)
A consensus Prep All-America who comes to Stanford as one of the premier recruits in the nation ... Named to Prepstar's Dream Team as one of the top 100 recruits nationally ... Prepstar not only ranked him as an All-American, but as the No. 5 defensive line prospect in the country ... Super Prep selected Ekom as an All-America and also rated him as the No. 14 defensive line prospect nationally and the top recruit in the state of Arizona ... He was also named All-America by Parade Magazine, Rivals.com, Student Sports, EA Sports and the U.S. Army ... His senior season was cut short after seven games due to injury, but he still managed to earn the reputation as one of the best in the nation ... Before his injury, he had recorded 62 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, eight sacks a forced fumble and 15 hurries ... Selected to the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West team ... Played in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl where he was named a Scholar-Athlete ... Named to Arizona's Super All-State team as a senior ... Two-time First-Team All-State, All-Region and All-Conference following his junior and season seasons ... As a junior, he accounted for 63 tackles, 12 sacks and 37 tackles for loss ... Named a Junior All-American by Student Sports and Rivals.com ... Played basketball and participated in track for two years ... Finalist for the Watkins Award, which is presented to the top African-American Student-Athlete in the country ... Brother, Udeme, attends Stanford and is currently in his second year as a backup defensive end ... Sister, Aniebiet, recently graduated from Stanford.