Feb. 7, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford University announced the signing of 19 student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent to play football and attend Stanford University in the Fall of 2007. First-year head coach Jim Harbaugh said he was pleased with the overall quality of the class and the enthusiasm they will bring to Stanford Football.
"All 19 of our incoming recruits are excited to join the Stanford football family and be a part of our program as we build Stanford back into national prominence," said Harbaugh, who was named Stanford's head coach on December 19, 2006. "These are the best scholar-athletes in the country and we had to recruit against some of the top programs in the nation. But, in the end, these 19 chose to challenge themselves both on the playing field and in the classroom and we're going to work hard to help them achieve their goals."
Diversity may be the key word for Stanford's recruiting class. The Cardinal added players at all positions on offense, defensive and in the kicking game.
"There is excellent talent within the position players we recruited," said Harbaugh. "As we went through the process of identifying the student-athletes we wanted to recruit to Stanford, I think the staff did a great job in securing the players we wanted. From top-to-bottom, I'm very pleased with the overall quality of our class."
As usual, Stanford's recruiting was national. Twelve states are represented among the 19 players and only five came from California. In addition to the in-state recruits, Stanford landed three from Pennsylvania, two from Florida and one each from Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
By position, the Cardinal added 11 offensive players, five defensive players, one kicker/punter and two who may play on either side of the ball. The group includes four offensive lineman, two wide receivers, two quarterbacks, two running backs, two linebackers and two defensive lineman along with one tight end, one defensive back, one player who may play wide receiver or defensive back and another who may play linebacker or fullback.
Several of Stanford's 19 recruits received recognition as one of the top players at their position nationally. The list includes the No. 1 placekicker in the nation, a quarterback ranked among the elite nationally and a defensive lineman ranked among the top-seven in the country.
David Green (Mission Viejo, CA/Mission Viejo HS) was ranked as the No. 1 kicker in the country by Scout.com after hitting eight-of-10 field goals, averaging 41 yards per punt and putting 85% of kickoffs in the end zone.
At quarterback, Stanford landed two of the best in the nation. Kellen Killsgaard (Auburn, WA/Auburn HS) was a PrepStar All-America selection after throwing for 1,020 yards and 13 TDs and running for 973 yards and another 23 touchdowns last season. L.D. Crow (Palm Harbor, FL/Countryside HS) threw for over 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns the past two seasons and was rated among the top QBs in Florida and in the country.
The Cardinal landed two of the nation's top prospects on the defensive line, including Matthew Masafilo and Tom Keiser. Masafilo (Ewa Beach, HI/Campbell HS) was named a PrepStar All-America and the No. 7 DL prospect in the country while Keiser (Wexford, PA/North Allegheny HS) was an All-East selection and rated among the top-100 defensive line recruits in the nation.
The two running backs joining the Cardinal are Chike Amajoyi (San Bernardino, CA/Aquinas HS) and Jeremy Stewart (Baton Rouge, LA/Catholic HS), both First-Team All-State selections. Amajoyi ran for over 4,000 yards and 57 touchdowns the past two seasons and is ranked among the top RB recruits in the nation while Stewart ran for 1,644 yards and averaged 7.7 yards per carry.
In Sean Wiser (Thousand Oaks, CA/Oaks Christian HS) and Doug Baldwin (Gulf Breeze, FL/Gulf Breeze HS), Stanford added two outstanding prospects at the wide receiver positions. Wiser was ranked among the top-100 WR prospects in the country and in the state of California and Baldwin was recognized as one of the best out of Florida.
All four offensive lineman in the class were selected to their All-Region team and ranked among the best in the nation. The list includes Matt Bentler (Bettendorf, IA/Davenport Assumption HS), George Halamandaris (Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS), Brad Hallick (Pottsville, PA/Pottsville Area HS) and Tyler Mabry (San Diego, CA/Francis Parker School).
Stanford's lone recruit at tight end is Coby Fleener (Lemont, IL/Joliet Catholic Academy), an All-Region selection and considered one of the top prospects at TE in the country.
The two linebackers joining the Cardinal are Johnathon Frink (Oxford, MS / Oxford HS) and Max Bergen (East Stroudsburg, PA/East Stroudsburg HS). Frink was rated the 25th best LB prospect in the country while Bergen is one of the most coveted recruits out of Pennsylvania.
Taylor Skaufel (The Woodlands, TX/The Woodlands School) is a First-Team All-State defensive back from Houston and Corey Gatewood (Randolph, MA/Belmont Hill School), a talented two-way player from Massachusetts, may play wide receiver or defensive back. Gatewood was the No. 1 rated receiver in the state and among the top-50 WR prospects in the country.
Another talented two-way player is Owen Marecic (Tigard, OR/Jesuit HS), who may play linebacker or fullback for the Cardinal. He has been an All-State player on both offense and defense and was the No. 1 ranked LB in the state this past season.
A series of player bios follow.
RB, 6-0, 223
San Bernardino, CA (Aquinas HS)
Rushed for 2,580 yards his senior season and more than 4,000 as a junior and senior while accounting for 57 touchdowns ... As a senior, he added 135 receiving yards and 150 return yards while scoring 32 TDs ... Ranked by scout.com as the No. 46 RB recruit in the nation and the No. 8 running back in California ... Named First-Team All-CIF, All-State, All-County and Christian League MVP ... As a junior, he gained 1,592 yards on the ground (9.2 yards per carry) and scored 25 touchdowns while leading his team to a 13-1 record and CIF Southern Section Division 12 and Division 5 state championships ... On defense, he accounted for 80 tackles, 2.5 sacks and three interceptions ... Four-year letter-winner in basketball and three-year letter-winner in track ... Member of the National Honor Society and California Scholastic Federation.
WR, 5-11, 178
Gulf Breeze, FL (Gulf Breeze HS)
One of the top recruits out of Florida, Doug was ranked among the top WR prospects nationally and among the best in the state ... Named a Super Senior in Florida by the Pensacola News Journal ... Had 42 receptions for 682 yards (16.2 yards per catch) and six touchdowns as a senior ... Also returned a kickoff for a TD ... Two-time First-Team All-Area selection and three-year starter at wide receiver ... As a junior, he had 48 receptions for 869 yards (18.1 average) and nine touchdowns to go along with two punt returns for TDs ... Played two years of varsity basketball, earning First-Team All-Area recognition following his junior season ... Three-year track star as well, competing in the high jump and long jump ... Best marks are 6-4 in the high jump and 21-10 in the long jump ... Member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.
OG, 6-5, 280
Bettendorf, IA (Davenport Assumption HS)
Rated by PrepStar as one of the top offensive linemen in the Midwest and the nation ... Matt was named All-Midwest by PrepStar and the No. 8 overall recruit and No. 1 offensive lineman in the state of Iowa by scout.com ... Played both offensive line and defensive line in high school ... First-Team All-State, All-Metro (Iowa/Illinois) and All-MAC Conference as both an offensive and defensive lineman ... Named Academic All-Conference ... Did not allow a sack his junior or senior season ... As a defensive tackle, he registered 108 tackles, six sacks, four fumble recoveries and one interception as a junior.
LB/TE, 6-2, 220
East Stroudsburg, PA (East Stroudsburg HS)
Played both linebacker and tight end at East Stroudsburg High School in Pennsylvania ... Three-year starter and two-year team captain ... As a senior, he accounted for 93 tackles and one interception along with 12 receptions for 273 yards and four touchdowns ... Unanimous two-way First-Team All-Mountain Valley Conference selection ... First-Team All-Area on offense and defense ... Central and North Eastern PA Top 16 Dream Team as a linebacker ... Also a four-year varsity letter-winner in wrestling ... 2006 conference champion in 189-pound weight class ... National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete ... Member of the National Honor Society.
QB, 6-3, 215
Palm Harbor, FL (Countryside HS)
One of the top quarterback prospects in the nation ... L.D. was ranked as the No. 27 QB in the country by rivals.com and No. 44 by scout.com ... PrepStar named him to its All-Southeast Team ... Rivals.com also ranked him among the Top 100 recruits in the state of Florida ... Threw for over 1,700 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior and over 1,300 yards and 11 TDs as a junior ... First-Team All-Pinellas County, 5A All-State honorable mention and a participant in the Pinellas County All-Star Game in 2006 ... Named Second-Team All-County as a junior ... Member of the National Honor Society.
TE, 6-6, 220
Lemont, IL (Joliet Catholic Academy)
Coby has the size to play tight end and speed to play wide receiver ... He caught 34 balls for 706 yards (20.4 average) and eight touchdowns as a senior while earning a reputation as one of the state's top prospects ... Scout.com has him ranked as the No. 17 recruit in Illinois and No. 1 tight end as well as No. 39 among tight ends nationally ... Rivals.com ranks him No. 15 in the state and the No. 40 tight end prospect in the country ... PrepStar named him to its All-Midwest team ... Following his senior season, he earned All-Conference, All-State and Academic All-State honors ... Played safety, tight end and wide receiver as a junior ... Also a standout basketball player ... All-Area selection as a junior in basketball ... Member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and an Illinois State Scholar.
ILB, 6-2, 230
Oxford, MS (Oxford HS)
Comes to Stanford as one of the top recruits out of Mississippi ... He is ranked by scout.com as the No. 2 linbebacker in the state, No. 12 overall recruit in Mississippi and No. 25 linebacker prospect in the country ... First-Team All-State as a senior after recording 104 total tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery ... PrepStar named him to their All-Southeast team ... As a junior, Jonathan had 146 tackles in leading his team to the North State Championship game ... Competes in the shot put and discus on the track team, and was an All-Regional selection in basketball ... 2005 Tri-Athlete Award winner ... State Track and Field Championship Award ... Member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Society, University of Mississippi Accelerated Studies Program and Trent Lott Leadership Program.
WR, 5-11, 185
Randolph, MA (Belmont Hill School)
The top receiver prospect in the state of Massachusetts and one of the mostly highly regarded in the nation ... Corey was ranked by scout.com as the No. 7 recruit in the state and the No. 1 receiver ... Rivals.com rated him among the Top 50 receiver prospects in the country and PrepStar named him to the All-East team ... Named to scout.com's New England Top 15 team ... Although a top receiver prospect, Corey played running back and defensive back as a senior in high school ... He rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 21 TDs while picking off four passes in leading his team to an undefeated season and a league championship ... He was named the league's Co-MVP, First-Team All-League and All-New England, and was chosen to play in the Massachusetts All-Star Game ... Three-time First-Team All-League selection ... As a junior, he had 22 catches for over 500 yards and 12 touchdowns along with six interceptions ... Earned All-New England honors as a receiver ... First-Team All-League as a sophomore while recording six interceptions ... Four-year varsity basketball player and two-time All-League selection ... Competed in the 100m, 200m, 4 x 100 and long jump in track and field ... All-New England honors in all four events ... Best marks are 10.8 in the 100m, 22.2 in the 200m and 21-9 1/2 in the long jump ... Member of the National Honor Society.
PK/P, 6-1, 205
Mission Viejo, CA (Mission Viejo HS)
Scout.com rated David the No. 1 kicker in the country and named him a First-Team All-America ... Rivals.com ranked him No. 6 nationally ... As a senior, he hit eight-of-10 field goals with a long of 45 yards and put 85% of his kickoffs in the end zone... Also averaged 41 yards per punt ... U.S. Army All-American and Scholar-Athlete ... Three-year starter at both kicker and punter ... Two-Time First-Team All-League and All-CIF selection as a junior and senior ... Named All-County following his senior season ... During his junior season, had 42 touchbacks in 79 kicksoffs ... Won top honors at the 2006 Chris Sailor National Kicking Combine for both placekicking and punting ... Wendy's High School Heisman candidate and member of the California Scholastic Federation.
OT, 6-7, 305
Moorpark, CA (Moorpark HS)
Named among the top recruits in the state of California and one of the top offensive line prospects in the country ... All-West selection by PrepStar ... Started 28 consecutive games as a junior and senior while leading his high school team to back-to-back appearances in the CIF Southern Section finals ... Following his junior and senior seasons, he was named First-Team All-Marmonte League and Ventura County All-Academic ... As a senior, he was also chosen First-Team All-Ventura County, All-CIF Southern Section, All-Area and CalHi Sports All-State ... Three-year letter-winner in basketball ... 2006 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete award winner ... AP National Scholar Award and four-year participant in Future Business Leaders of America.
OT, 6-6, 293
Pottsville, PA (Pottsville Area HS)
Considered one of the top recruits in the state and in the East ... Brad was ranked as the No. 54 offensive lineman in the country by scout.com and No. 58 by rivals.com ... Also ranked as the No. 27 recruit in the state by rivals.com and No. 34 by scout.com ... Named to PrepStar's All-East team ... First-Team Class AAA All-State by the Associated Press and Pennsylvania Football News, and a member of the Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33" team ... Three-year starter and leader of his high school team that reached the state AAA championship game during his junior and senior seasons ... Selected to play in the Big-33 Game as a senior ... The game pits the best 33 players from Pennsylvania against the best 33 from Ohio ... Also chosen First-Team League and the league's Offensive Lineman of the Year ... Named to the WNEP-TV Super 16 Dream Team as Outstanding Scholar Athlete ... First-Team All-Region ... Honored as Schuylkill County Scholar-Athlete and member of the National Honor Society.
DE, 6-5, 245
Wexford, PA (North Allegheny HS)
An All-East selection by PrepStar and one of the top recruits in the state ... Tom was a three-year starter and two-time All-Conference pick at North Allegheny HS in Pennsylvania ... Scout.com ranked him the third best defensive lineman in the state, the No. 49 overall prospect in Pennsylvania and among the Top 100 defensive ends in the nation ... Two-year letter-winner in track where he competed in the shot put, discus, 100m and 4 x 100 ... Named Scholar-Athlete.
QB, 6-2, 220
Auburn, WA (Auburn HS)
Chosen to PrepStar's All-America team and rated as one of the top quarterbacks prospects in the nation ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 11 QB in the country and scout.com ranks Kellen No. 20 ... He is also rated as the second best recruit in the state of Washington by scout.com and No. 3 by rivals.com ... As a senior at Auburn HS, he threw for 1,020 yards and 13 TDs while completing 57-of-99 ... He also ran for another 973 yards and 23 touchdowns ... On defense as a safety, he had 57 tackles and four interceptions ... He also made 56-of-59 PATs and punted for a 39.7 average ... He earned offensive MVP and defensive MVP honors for his league, while being selected as First-Team All-State by the Associated Press at both quarterback and defensive back ... He was also the league's offensive and defensive MVP following his junior season ... Two-time All-Area and All-League selection ... As a junior, he produced 1,487 yards of offense as he rushed for 837 yards and threw for another 650 while scoring 17 touchdowns (14 on the ground, three passing) ... As a safety, he had 45 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles and four interceptions ... First-Team All-State, All-Area and All-League in baseball as a star pitcher and outfielder ... He was the league MVP in 2005 ... He became the first high school player to hit a homerun at Safeco Field during the state playoffs ... National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award in 2006 ... Four-year Scholar-Athlete in both football and baseball.
OT, 6-7, 305
San Diego, CA (Francis Parker School)
All-West Region selection by PrepStar and rated by scout.com as one of California's Top 100 recruits ... Great size and run blocking skills ... Started at both offensive and defensive tackle as a senior while leading Francis Parker School to a 12-1 record and CIF San Diego Section Division V championship ... Rated the No. 69 OT in the nation and No. 5 offensive tackle in California by scout.com ... Three-time All-Conference selection ... Named Coastal Conference Lineman of the Year in 2006 ... Also chosen CIF First-Team All-San Diego and Second-Team All-State Small School ... Posted 12-4 record as a pitcher during his sophomore and junior seasons.
LB/FB, 6-1, 235
Tigard, OR (Jesuit HS)
Talented two-way player from Tigard, Oregon, who earned recognition as one of the state's best at both linebacker and running back ... Owen was named First-Team All-State and the Oregon Defensive Player of the Year as a linebacker as well as being chosen Second-Team All-State as a running back ... Led Jesuit HS to the state championship in 2006 ... First-Team All- Metro League as a linebacker and fullback, and also named the league's Defensive Player of the Year ... Ranked by scout.com as the No. 1 linebacker in Oregon and the No. 7 overall recruit in the state ... As a junior, he led his team to the state championship and was named First-Team All-League fullback and Second-Team All-League linebacker ... Selected First-Team All-League fullback and Third-Team All-League as a defensive end following his sophomore season ... Competed in the shot put and discus in track and field ... National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Award ... Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.
DT, 6-3, 270
Ewa Beach, HI (Campbell HS)
PrepStar All-America selection who is considered one of the nation's top prospects ... Played offensive line at Campbell HS in Hawaii, but will likely be moved to the defensive line at Stanford ... PrepStar ranked him as the seventh best DL recruit in the nation ... Scout.com and Rivals.com rated him the No. 2 recruit in the state and among the Top 25 DL prospects in the country ... Named to the Northwest Hot 100 ... Senior season cut short due to injury, but Matthew was still named Second-Team All-State ... Chosen to the 2006 All-Hawaii Academic Team ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Father, Etika, is originally from Tonga ... Mother, Tina, from Kauai, Hawaii ... Matthew is interested in majoring in Aero/Astro Engineering at Stanford.
DB, 6-0, 195
The Woodlands, TX (The Woodlands HS)
First-Team All-State defensive back out of The Woodlands, TX ... Two-time First-Team All-County and All-District ... Chosen to the All-Greater Houston team and a candidate for Houston Player of the Year following his senior season ... Three-year starter and team captain as a senior ... Recorded 99 tackles, four forced fumbles and one interception his senior year to go along with 18 rushes for 139 yards and three TDs as a running back ... As a junior, he had 89 tackles, three forced fumbles, five tackles for loss and one interception ... Member of the All-State Academic Team and National Honor Society.
RB, 6-0, 207
Baton Rouge, LA (Catholic HS)
Rushed for 1,644 yards on 214 carries (7.7 average) while scoring 20 touchdowns as a senior at Catholic HS in Baton Rouge, LA ... Chosen First-Team All-State, All-District and All-Metro ... Also named the Metro Offensive MVP ... First-Team Academic All-State ... Helped his team to a 13-1 overall record and the state semi-finals while being ranked among the Top 50 high school teams in the country by rivals.com ... Started at cornerback as a junior before being switched to running back prior to his senior season ... Regional champion and state runner-up in the 300m hurdles as a junior with a best of 39.4 ... Member of the National Honor Society.
WR, 6-2, 190
Thousand Oaks, CA (Oaks Christian HS)
Earned recognition as one of the nation's top prospects ... He had 60 receptions for 904 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior ... Also played defensive back, where he accounted for 56 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, and returned two interceptions for touchdowns as a strong safety ... PrepStar named him to their All-West team ... Rivals.com rated Sean among the Top 100 wide receiver recruits in the country and the No. 89 overall recruit in California ... Scout.com ranked him as the No. 10 wide receiver in California, No. 67 overall recruit in the state and among the Top 100 wide receivers in the country ... First-Team All-CIF, All-League, All-Ventura County, All-Area and All-Academic CIF following his senior season ... Second-Team All-State in 2006 ... As a junior, he had 42 receptions for 910 yards (21.7 average) and 13 touchdowns and 52 total tackles and four interceptions on defense ... Member of the California Scholastic Federation.