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 during a press conference at Kissick Auditorium on Wednesday on Tuesday. Below are selected quotes about the group of incoming Stanford football players from head coach Jim Harbaugh.
"Welcome to National Letter-of-Intent signing day. We signed 19 players today. Recruiting is the lifeblood of a program. It's got to be a habit that you do like combing your hair and brushing your teeth. If you don't do it, you will start to look bad. We are extremely pleased with this class. There are many people to thank ... the list could go on and on. Our coaches went on the road, we had recruiting weekends and Stanford sells itself in a lot of ways to scholar-athletes from all over the country. I'm pleased for this University. I'm pleased for the scholar-athletes and their families. Can you imagine how pleased you would be to have a son attending Stanford on a full scholarship and the tremendous pride that they must have as a family. I feel great for them. I feel great for our admissions department, which is really the only admissions department in the country that has not lowered its standards for football ... The bar is set very high here. We're very proud of that, and we've very proud of the young men that we have signed in this 2007 freshman class."
"I wouldn't say there are any glaring needs on this football team ... What we attempted to do was go out and get the best scholar-athletes we could get in the country. There are some really good football players in this class. We have four offensive linemen, two quarterbacks, 11 players on offense, five on defense, two that could go either offense or defense, and one of the best kickers in the country. I feel it's a diverse class and a strong class."
"The process really went like this. I was hired on December 19  and the number one thing you need to have for a great football program is a supportive athletic administration. That was apparent from the time I was contacted, through the interview process and to the time I was offered the job here. There are tremendous resources here, tremendous people here and tremendous support. There is pressure to win, and we welcome that. The next important thing was to hire an entire great coaching staff, and that was going on while we were recruiting. And the next most important thing to me was to recruit the current roster. I did not want to lose any ground with the team that was already here and in place. The more I have gotten to know them; I feel this is a team with talent, experience and smarts that has been there before. You could make an argument that our top two recruits in this senior class are [Mark] Bradford and [Evan] Moore. Bradford could have left early for the NFL draft and been a third or fourth round pick, but he chose to stay here at Stanford and get this program back to its rightful and legendary place in college football."
"From when I was hired on December 19, we couldn't get out on the road until January 14. That was the first day to get out on the road and every single day from that point coaches were on airplanes criss-crossing the country."
"We had 20 players come to Stanford on official visits and 19 of them signed National Letters-of-Intent. I don't know what kind of batting average that is, but I think that would put you in the Hall of Fame. That speaks for the University we have, for the players that we have on our team, to our coaching staff and to what this place is all about. That's exciting."
"The unique thing that jumps to my mind is that this is the only place in America that you can have it all. This is the best of the best. You can have a President of the United States as alumni, and you can have an alumnus that's the winning quarterback in the Super Bowl. There are only four universities in America that have that, and Stanford is one of them. You can have it all."
"We really recruit them because we think they can play right away. It's kind of early to say which the best ones are going to be. Any of them could be the best recruit in the bunch. We'll make that decision at the end of training camp - whether to redshirt a guy or not. Sometimes that's predicated on injuries or a need at a position, or sometimes a guy is just flat out better than the rest of the guys. But most all positions will be up for grabs during spring ball and training camp, and we expect all of our incoming freshmen to compete."
"To get to Jonathan Frink's house, you literally have to pass through Ole Miss' campus, so there was some pressure there at home. He wanted to come here on his visit, but the family wanted him to take the rest of his visits, and we respected and honored that. In the end, this is where he and his family wanted to be."
"We would like to see him at quarterback when he comes in here. He's a nationally acclaimed quarterback, safety and a pretty good baseball player as well. You like your best athlete to be playing quarterback position. I can recall a good quarterback that ended up being a pretty good safety in John Lynch coming to this school. It's a little early to tell, but I feel good about Kellen contributing early to our program."
"David Green's got a very good chance [to play right away]. You watch his tape, and he puts most of those kickoffs into the end zone. The most exciting thing about David Green might be to watch him punt. The only thing is that at his high school he only punted 13 times last season. He didn't get a lot of game work punting the football, but I have a feeling that might be his best position. He's a unique guy. He can kickoff, kick field goals and punt."
"It's the same as Stanford's list and the same as the program's list. I think the best thing we have here is our University and our players. Our guys are articulate and successful guys. In more than a dozen homes that I was in families commented on that. To go into our locker room and be around our players was different than it was going into some other schools that they had visited in the fall. Our guys are our best recruiters. The more they feel good about this program and successful about this program, and they go out to their hometowns and home states and help recruit guys is our best recruiting tool."
"You watch him block, and he's effective. You watch him pass catch, and that's where he's special. He can get vertical down the seam and can get vertical in the corner. He's going to mature; he's going to put on weight. He's got the chance to be the kind of tight end to do both block and catch really well. The one thing you look for in a tight end is to be able to do one really well, and I think Coby's got a chance to be one of those rare guys that can do both."
"They're really all that way. When you go into a home, you are talking to a parent about dropping off their most prized possession in a 17 or 18-year-old son at your doorstep. That responsibility is something that we take very seriously as coaches here. We're coaches that take very seriously guys as not an ends to a means, but we care about people and what they're going to do while they're here for the next the next four or five years here to help them be successful in the classroom and on the field ... We want to return that young man as the same quality young man that his parents dropped off at our doorstep."
"L.D. is a very polished quarterback. He throws a very catchable ball, is accurate and a good ball handler. He does just enough to make guys miss, get out on the edge and throw on the run. I'm excited to work with him."
"This guy is a hammer. He will hit you. He jumped right off the table. He's very physical ... Owen has a chance to be a prototype NFL fullback down the road."