Feb. 4, 2004
Stanford University announced today the signing of 12 student-athletes to National Letters-of-Intent to play football and attend Stanford University in the Fall of 2004. Head coach Buddy Teevens, now in his third season at Stanford, said he is pleased with the class, which includes some of the most coveted prep prospects in the nation.
"Our class of 12 recruits is small in numbers, but very solid," said Teevens. "We were able to fill positional needs with talented student-athletes who we feel will contribute relatively early in their career. We needed depth on the offensive line and at tight end, and we feel we were quite productive in that area," he said.
"Another area of need was cover cornerback," said Teevens, "and we filled that with two very talented players. Depth at fullback and running back and a speed linebacker were also important areas for us. Overall, this is a very solid class that we feel will make a positive contribution to the Stanford football program," said Teevens.
Among the 12-member class, seven are offensive players (four lineman, one running back, fullback and wide receiver), three are defensive players (two backs, one linebacker) and two others who can play either tight end or defensive end.
As usual, Stanford's recruiting was national. Ten states are represented among the 12 players and only one is from California. The Cardinal recruited two players from Texas and Arizona and one each from Minnesota, Washington, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Louisiana, Florida and California.
All four of the Cardinal's offensive lineman were named prep All-Americans, and two were ranked among the top seven OL prospects in the country. Alex Fletcher (Old Brookville, NY/St. Anthony's HS) was tabbed by Super Prep as the No. 3 offensive lineman in the nation while Allen Smith (Tempe, AZ/Corona del Sol HS) was ranked No. 7 by the same publication. In addition, both Bobby Dockter (Edmonds, WA/Kamiak HS) and Ben Muth (Phoenix, AZ/Pinnacle HS) were named All-Americans as offensive lineman.
Other offensive prospects include fullback Jerod Arlich (Lake Elmo, MN/Mahtomedi HS), running back Ray Jones (Columbus, OH/Columbus Academy) and receiver Anthony Kimble (Baton Rouge, LA/University).
Arlich gained over 800 yards and scored 17 touchdowns the past two seasons while being used mainly as a blocking back. Jones rushed for over 4,000 yards and scored 82 touchdowns as a prep. He is a finalist for Ohio state Player of the Year honors. Kimble played running back, quarterback, wide receiver and returned kicks in high school while accounting for over 2,700 yards in all-purpose running. He will used as a wide receiver at Stanford.
All three were ranked among the best recruits in their region.
The Cardinal recruited two defensive backs in Carlos McFall (San Antonio, TX/Roosevelt HS) and Wopamo Osasai (Pinole, CA/Pinole HS). McFall was an option quarterback in high school who earned the reputation as one of the top athletes in the San Antonio area. Osasai is Stanford's only recruit from California. He earned All-Farwest honors while playing for nearby Pinole High School. McFall also earned All-Region accolades.
Stanford's only linebacker in the class is Pat Maynor (Jupiter, FL/Swyer), considered among the top four linebackers in the state of Florida this past season. He earned All-Southeast honors in 2003.
Two players come to Stanford as tight end/defensive end prospects: Pannel Egboh (Mesquite, TX/North Mesquite HS) and Austin Gunder (Red Lion, PA/Red Lion HS), both of whom earned All-Region recognition.
Noting the 2004 Recruiting Class
|2004 Stanford University Football Recruiting Class|
|Name||Pos||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown (High School)|
|Jerod Arlich||FB||6-4||250||Lake Elmo, MN (Mahtomedi)|
|Bobby Dockter||OL||6-5||290||Edmonds, WA (Kamiak)|
|Pannel Egboh||TE/DE||6-6||240||Mesquite, TX (N. Mesiquite)|
|Alex Fletcher||OL||6-4||290||Old Brookville, NY (St. Anthony's)|
|Austin Gunder||TE/DE||6-4||235||Red Lion, PA (Red Lion)|
|Ray Jones||RB||6-0||210||Columbus, OH (Columbus Academy)|
|Anthony Kimble||WR||6-1||185||Baton Rouge, LA (University)|
|Pat Maynor||LB||6-2||208||Jupiter, FL (Swyer)|
|Carlos McFall||DB||6-0||195||San Antonio, TX (Roosevelt)|
|Ben Muth||OL||6-6||285||Phoenix, AZ (Pinnacle)|
|Wopamo Osasai||DB||6-0||190||Pinole, CA (Pinole Valley)|
|Allen Smith||OL||6-5||315||Tempe, AZ (Corona Del Sol)|
FB, 6-4, 250
Lake Elmo, MN (Mahtomedi HS)
Named All-Midwest by Super Prep and ranked as one of the top recruits in the state of Minnesota by Rivals.com ... Played fullback and linebacker at Mahtomedi High School, where he was named All-Conference and All-Area ... Rushed for 300 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior and 500 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior ... Mainly used as a blocking back ... Played the first three games of his senior season at middle linebacker and recorded 30 total tackles and a sack ... As a receiver, he caught seven balls for 65 yards during his junior year and five catches for 72 yards as a senior ... Named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State team following his senior season ... Ran the 110 high hurdles in track ... Placed second in the state AA meet as a junior ... Career best time is 15.44 ... Played two years of varsity basketball ... Earned the rank of Eagle Scout in August ... Member of the National Honor Society.
OL, 6-5, 290
Edmonds, WA (Kamiak HS)
A Prepstar All-America offensive lineman from Kamiak High School in Washington ... Super Prep named him to the All-Farwest Region team ... Long Beach Press Telegram Best in the West selection ... All-Western Conference this past season ... Seattle Times Red Chip player ... Seattle Post-Intelligencer All-Area team ... Nominated for the Army East-West All-American Bowl and Washington's East-West game ... Winner of the Snohomish County Football Officials Hall of Fame Award ... Three-year starter in high school and two-time team captain ... First-team all-confernce as a junior ... Participated in wrestling for one season and track for three years ... Best marks are 49' in the shot put, 140' in the discus and 150' in the javelin ... Played the tuba in Symphonic Band and Chamber Winds for three years and was a three-year member of the Show Band ... Honor roll all six semesters in HS and active in several community projects.
TE/DE, 6-6, 240
Mesquite, TX (North Mesquite HS)
Played tight end and defensive end for North Mesquite High School in Texas ... Super Prep named him to their All-Southwest team ... First-Team All-District 12-5A as a defensive end following his senior season ... He accounted for 54 tackles, four sacks, three fumble recoveries and three blocked field goals ... Played in a Wing-T offense that focused on running the ball ... Did not play football as a junior to focus on academics ... Played only one season of varsity football ... Named All-State Academic and McDonald's Scholar-Athlte following his senior season ... Played basketball for years, earning two varsity letters ... Member of the National Honor Society.
OL, 6-4, 290
Old Brookville, NY (St. Anthony's HS)
Super Prep named him to their Elite 50 team as one of the best prospects in the nation ... Consensus prep All-America from St. Anthony's High School in New York ... Super Prep ranked him No. 34 on their list of the nation's top recruits ... they also ranked him as the No. 1 prospect in the state of New York and the No. 3 offensive line prospect in the nation ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 2 offensive line recruit in the country and the No. 1 recruit in New York ... Insider's.com named him to the 24-man All-America team, the No. 20 recruit in the nation and No. 2 offensive line prospect in the country ... EA Sports First-Team All-American ... Two-time First-Team All-State, All-Long Island, All-City and All-Suburbs following his junior and senior seasons ... Nike camp All-America ... U.S. Army All-America team selection ... Captain of the east team at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl ... Member of the National Honor Society ... U.S. Army Scholar-Athlete ... Father, Steven, played football at Princeton.
TE/DE, 6-5, 235
Red Lion, PA (Red Lion HS)
One of the top prospects from the state of Pennsylvania ... Played both tight end and defensive end the past two years at Red Lion High School ... Named All-Northeast by Super Prep ... As a senior, he recorded 65 tackles and five sacks on defense while catching 12 passes for 250 yards in a run-oriented Wing-T offense ... Also kicked PATs and kickoffs ... First-Team All-County and All-District ... York County Defensive Player of the Year ... During his junior season, he had 50 tackles, four sacks, 11 catches for 220 yards and three touchdowns ... Three-year letterwinner in basketball ... Two-time Model Airplane World Champion ... He won the world title in competitions in the Czech Republic in 2000 and Slovakia in 2002 ... Member of the National Honor Society.
RB, 6-1, 210
Columbus, OH (Columbus Academy)
Put together an impressive career as a one of the top running backs in the Midwest and the state of Ohio ... His career numbers at Columbus Academy include: 491 carries, 4,041 yards rushing, 8.3 average, 73 rushing touchdowns, 52 receptions for 782 yards and nine TDs along with 150 tackles and nine interceptions as a defensive back ... Named All-Midwest by Super Prep and PrepStar... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 17 recruit in the state ... All-state selection following his senior season ... Led his team to the Division 5 state championship in 2003 ... Finalist for Ohio State Player of the Year honors ... Three-time All-Buckeye Athletic Conference and two-time All-Central District ... Selected to the Columbus Touchdown Club Blue Chip team following his senior season ... This past season, he rushed for 1,414 yards on 153 attempts (9.2 average) while scoring 27 touchdowns on the ground ... He also caught 26 passes for 337 yards and three TDs, averaged over 27 yards per kickoff return and registered 56 tackles as a strong safety ... Two-time All-State in track ... Best times include 49.6 in the 400m, 22.4 in the 200m and 10.8 in the 100m ... National chess champion in the third grade ... National Achievement honoree.
WR, 6-1, 185
Baton Rouge, LA (University Laboratory)
Rival.com ranked him among the top wide receiver prospects in the nation ... Played running back, quarterback, wide receiver and returned kicks for University Laboratory School for LSU in Louisianna ... First-Team All-District as a running back following his senior season ... Only played football for two years in high school ... Accounted for over 2,700 yards in all-purpose running and 28 touchdowns ... On defense, he recorded 49 tackles and five interceptions the past two seasons ... Academic All-State selection ... Nominated to play in the All-State game in both football and basketball ... First-Team All-District in basketball last year as a junior ... Currently averaging 14 points and five assists for his HS team that is ranked No. 1 in the state and in the top 100 nationally ...Member of the National Honor Society ... Full name is Buicker Anthony Kimble.
LB, 6-2, 208
Jupiter, FL (Swyer HS)
Registered 252 tackles the past two years as one of the best linebackers in the state of Florida ... All-Southest selection by Prep Star out of Swyer High School in Jupiter, Florida ... First-Team All-Conference and All-Area and Second-Team All-State as a senior ... Rated the fourth best LB in the state this past season ... He had 108 total tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles in 2003 despite missing two games due to injury ... As a junior, he recorded 144 tackles, six sacks and had five interceptionsn while being named First-Team All-Conference and All-Area and honorable mention All-State ... All-Conference fullback as a sophomore ... Chosen to play in the Outback Bowl All-Star game in Florida following his senior season ... Member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Academy of Finance, Future Business Leaders of America and Boys State American Legion ... Father, Mark, played football at the University of Florida.
DB, 6-0, 195
San Antonio, TX (Roosevelt HS)
An option quarterback out of Roosevelt High School in San Antonio, Texas, who will play defensive back at Stanford ... Rushed for 930 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as a senior ... Named to Super Prep's All-Southwest Team ... Led the city in rushing as a quarterback while taking his team to a 9-2 record and fifth place finish in the state ... Named First-Team All-District and All-State Academic ... All-District as a junior after rushing for 800 yards and throwing for another 650 ... Earned All-District Academic in football, baseball and track ... Played two years varsity baseball and three years on the track team ... State qualifier last year in the 4 x 100 relay ... Team captain in all three sports ... Member of the National Honor Society and National Honor Roll ... Father, James, is a middle school football coach ... He played college football at Monterey Tech in Mexico.
OL, 6-6, 285
Phoenix, AZ (Pinnacle HS)
Prep Star All-America offensive lineman out of Pinnacle High School in Phoenix ... Super Prep named him to the All-Farwest Team and the No. 10 recruit in the state of Arizona ... Arizona Republic First-Team All-State 4A, All-Arizona, All-Phoenix and All-Wells Fargo Region ... East Valley Tribune 4A First-Team All-State ... Arizona Coaches' Association First-Team All-State ... All-Academic Wells Fargo Region as a senior ... Selected to play in the Arizona Coaches' Association All-Star game ... Tacoma News Tribune Western Top 100 ... Four-year starter and two-time team captain ... Four-year letterwinner in track and two-year letterwinner in basketball ... Two-time winner of the Pioneer Award for outstanding achievement in track ... Events are the shot and discus ... In basketball, he led his team to the regional title last year as a junior ... Team is currently 19-4 and ranked fifth in the state ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Brother, Aaron, is a senior OL at Ft. Hays State University, a Division II school in Kansas ... His father, Dave, coached with Lynn Stiles at San Jose State in the 1970's.
DB, 6-0, 190
Pinole, CA (Pinole HS)
The only Bay Area recruit in the class, Osasai comes to Stanford as a three-sport star from nearby Pinole HS ... Along with being one of the top football players in the area, he was among the best in soccer and track as well ... Super Prep named him to their All-Farwest Team as one of the top defensive back prospects in the nation ... Tacoma News Tribune Western Top 100 ... He had 72 tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception returned for a touchdown as a senior ... Also had kickoff returns of 93 and 80 yards that went for touchdowns ... Name a Bay Area Cream of the Crop Athlete and First-Team All-League following his senior season ... Three-year letterwinner in soccer and two-time All-league selection ... In track, his best times include 10.66 in the 100m and 21.45 in the 200m ... He finished seventh in the state in both events last year as a junior ... He also placed third in the 100m at the 2003 Junior Olympics ... Member of the National Honor Society, National Honor Roll and Who's Who Among American High School Student.
OL, 6-5, 315
Tempe, AZ (Corona del Sol HS)
Prep All-America who was ranked as the No. 7 offensive lineman in the country by Super Prep ... First-Team All-America selection by Prep Star and Super Prep ... No. 2 overall recruit in the state of Arizona by Super Prep ... Rivals.com ranked him among the top 20 offensive lineman in the nation ... Named to the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West and the Tacoma News Tribune Western Top 100 ... First-Team All-State and All-Conference as a senior ... Arizona Coaches' Association All-Star athlete ... Nominated to the U.S. Army All-America team ... East Valley Tribune First-Team All-State in 2003 ... Earned three letters in football and track and one in basketball ... National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete ... Finalist for the Watkins Award, given to the top African-American Student-Athlete in the nation ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Mother, Elsie, is a professor at Arizona State University.