February 2, 2011

The Class of 2011: It’s (Finally) Official

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By The Daily Axe Staff
National Letter of Intent

19 high school seniors faxed in their National Letters of Intent to Coach David Shaw on Wednesday afternoon.

In case you didn’t have the patience to sit through the all-day National Signing Day bonanza on ESPNU or spend your Wednesday compulsively checking Twitter, we have you covered. Stanford signed 19 high school seniors to its Class of 2011 for football, and there weren’t any big surprises for the Cardinal, which ended the day with the #22 recruiting class in the country (according to Rivals). Let’s start off with the list of all nineteen young men.

  • Kevin Anderson–Defensive End–Palo Alto, California
  • Brendon Austin–Offensive Lineman–Parker, Colorado
  • Devon Cajuste–Wide Receiver–Seaford, New York
  • Lance Callihan–Defensive Tackle–Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Evan Crower–Quarterback–San Diego, California
  • Ronnie Harris–Cornerback–Atlanta, Georgia
  • Anthony Hayes–Defensive Tackle–Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • Kevin Hogan–Quarterback–McLean, Virginia
  • Charles Hopkins–Defensive End–Spokane, Washington
  • Wayne Lyons–Safety–Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Ty Montgomery–Wide Receiver–Dallas, Texas
  • Ra’Chard Pippens–Cornerback–McDonough, Georgia
  • Kevin Reihner–Offensive Lineman–Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Jordan Richards–Cornerback–Folsom, California
  • J.B. Salem–Defensive Lineman–Newport Beach, California
  • Patrick Skov–Fullback/Linebacker–Piedmont, California
  • James Vaughters–Linebacker–Stone Mountain, Georgia
  • Remound Wright–Running Back–Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Kelsey Young–Running Back–Norco, California

And now for the fun part: Senior Superlatives.

  • Most Likely to Succeed: James Vaughters
    • Vaughers is considered the fourth-best linebacker in the nation and the #54 overall prospect. Although he wavered from his commitment to Stanford following Harbaugh’s departure, Vaughters faxed in his letter of intent on Wednesday afternoon. He’s big (6′ 2″, 233 lbs), fast (4.6 second 40 yard dash), and has a 4.0 GPA at talent-rich Tucker High School.
  • Most Likely to be Toby Gerhart: Kelsey Young
    • Young is a highly touted running back from Norco, California, the hometown of Toby. The twelfth-best running back in this year’s class, Young can run a 4.4 40 and, with the exception of Duke, only considered PAC-10 schools.
  • Best Name: Ra’Chard Pippens
    • Pippens entertained offers primarily from southern schools, but also had Stanford, Harvard, and Northwestern among his favorites. He committed last July, and was one of the first players to have his Letter of Intent into the football offices.
  • Most Likely to See Action Right Away: Wayne Lyons
    • Lyons got offers from everywhere (really, everywhere) but chose Stanford for the academics. He’s the sixth-best safety in the class, and should have an early opportunity to help out a secondary that has been the weak point of the team for several years. Rivals has him pegged as a possible three-year starter, so he should see the field on a good number of snaps next season.
  • Most Likely to Have a Break-Out Junior Year: Brendon Austin
    • Recruiting experts would like Austin to gain close to 50 points before stepping into a key role at the DI level. With a redshirt and time to work on his overall build, Austin should bloom into a starter in the trenches around the 2013 or 2014 season. Scouts love his agility and height, but want to see improved footwork.
  • Most Likely to Prove Other Coaches Wrong: Remound Wright
    • Wright got recruited–after all, he was a four-star prospect. But the lack of competition among high schools in Indiana gave some coaches pause, and he didn’t receive the attention that he would have had he played in the South, Texas, California, or a more competitive high school league. But with his muscle and exceptional footwork, Wright could be a feature back in 2-3 years for the Card.

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