Stanford Football Announces 2010 Recruiting Class

Feb. 3, 2010

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STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford University’s Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football and head coach Jim Harbaugh announced today that 22 high school seniors have signed official letters of intent to play football at Stanford University next fall.

The 22 student-athletes attended high school in 12 states—California (4), Texas (4), Alabama (2), Arizona (2), Colorado (2), Georgia (2) along with Indiana, Utah, New Jersey, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia – lending to Stanford’s national appeal.

By position, the Cardinal added to its roster four linebackers, four offensive lineman, three defensive linemen, three defensive backs, three quarterbacks, two running backs, one tight end, one wide receiver and one kicker. It should be noted players might move to different positions once they arrive on campus.

Of Stanford’s 22 signees, 17 were listed among the top-50 in the nation at their respective positions, including five who were rated among the top-15. Stanford’s 2010 recruiting class features seven four-star recruits as listed by either Scout.com or Rivals.com.

Two of Stanford’s recruits – quarterback Brett Nottingham (Alamo, CA/Monte Vista HS) and defensive end Eddie Plantaric (Orangevale, CA/Del Campo HS) – are from Northern California.

“This is an electric time for Stanford Football,” said Harbaugh. “Our achievements on the field and in recruiting have lifted the Cardinal to a new standard of success, which has exploded the interest in both scholar-athletes and coaches to join us on The Farm.

“The afterburners have ignited, and we are excited for the talented and ambitious newcomers who have made the decision to come to Stanford.  Across all positions, this signing class is full of playmakers that possess athleticism and explosiveness that will help us reach multiple Pac-10 Championships and a National Championship.”

Nottingham is Stanford’s lone recruit from the Bay Area. Ranked as the fourth-best pro-style quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com, he completed 69.1 (502-726) percent of his passes and threw for 7,467 yards and 91 touchdowns during his prep career at Danville’s Monte Vista High School. A SuperPrep All-American, Nottingham’s career completion percentage ranks as the fifth-best mark in California high school history while his passing total ranks seventh all-time among Northern California preps.

Darren Daniel (Phenix City, AL/Central HS) and Dallas Lloyd (Pleasant Grove, UT/Pleasant Grove HS) round out the list of quarterbacks in the 2010 recruiting class. Lloyd, a four-star prospect who is rated as the 15th-best prep quarterback recruit in the nation by Scout.com, is not expected to enroll at Stanford until 2012 following his church mission.

Stanford landed two of the top running back prospects in California in Anthony Wilkerson (Tustin, CA/Tustin HS) and Ricky Seale (Escondido, CA/Escondido HS). Wilkerson, a four-star prospect who is listed as the 11th-best running back prospect in the nation by ESPNU.com, rushed for a school-record 2,843 yards and 43 touchdowns as a senior. Named the Orange County Register’s Running Back of the Decade, he opened his senior season with a 354-yard, six-touchdown performance against Kennedy-La Palma. His uncle, Mike Davis, played baseball for the Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Dodgers while another uncle, Mark Davis, was a standout baseball player at Stanford from 1983-86.

Seale, who is ranked as the 28th-top running back prospect in the nation by Scout.com. rushed for 2,419 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior and ranks as the all-time leading rushing in San Diego-CIF history with 6,635 career yards. An outstanding defensive back in high school, Seale also earned four-stars from Rivals.com as a cornerback, where is his listed as the 23rd-highest rated player in the country at that position.

Included among Stanford’s offensive line prospects is Dillon Bonnell, a four-star recruit from ThunderRidge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Listed as the 30th-best offensive line prospect in the nation by ESPNU.com, Bonnell was limited to just one game as a senior due to injury but earned first team all-state honors as a junior.

Cameron Fleming (Houston, TX/Cypress Creek HS), Cole Underwood (Denton, TX/John H. Guyer HS) and David Yankey (Roswell, GA/Centennial HS) round out Stanford’s offensive line prospects.

Davis Dudchock (Birmingham, AL/Mountain HS), rated as the 11th-best tight end prospect in the nation by ESPNU.com, is Stanford’s lone recruit at his respective position.

Defensively, Stanford signed a pair of four-star recruits in safety Devon Carrington (Chandler, AZ/Hamilton HS) and linebacker Blake Lueders (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville Community HS).

Carrington is rated as the top recruit in Arizona and the 11th-best safety prospect in the nation by ESPNU.com. He totaled 93 tackles and nine interceptions as a senior at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz.

Lueders is rated as the 79th overall recruit in the nation and the 10th-best defensive end prospect in the country by Scout.com, even though he is projected as a linebacker at Stanford. Named to Tom Lemming’s All-America team, Lueders finished with 93 tackles as a senior.

Barry Browning (Everman, TX/Everman HS), Keanu Nelson (Tucson, AZ/Sabino HS) and Ed Reynolds (Orange Park, FL/Woodberry Forest HS) join Carrington in rounding out Stanford’s list of defensive backs in the recruiting class. Browning also played quarterback at Everman while Nelson is listed as the fourth-best recruit in Arizona by Scout.com. Reynolds earned all-state honors as both a defensive back and running back at Woodberry Forest (Va.) School.

Joe Hemschoot (Lakewood, CO/Lakewood HS), Cleophus Robinson (Camden, NJ/Pius VI HS) and A.J. Tarpley (Plymouth, MN/Wayzata HS) join Zumwalt at the linebacker position. Hemschoot is listed as the third best prep prospect in Colorado by Scout.com.

Adding depth to Stanford’s defensive line prospects are Henry Anderson (Atlanta, GA/Woodward Academy), Eddie Plantaric (Orangevale, CA/Del Campo HS) and Alex Turner (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman HS). Plantaric and Anderson were rated as the 26th and 27th-best defensive end prospects, respectively, in the nation by Rivals.com while Turner was rated as the 31st-best weakside defensive end in the nation by the same organization.

Jordan Williamson (Austin, TX/Westwood HS), who made 32 of 45 field goal attempts in his high school career, including a career long of 52 yards, is the only kicker listed in the recruiting class.

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