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Stanford Football
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/21/1999

February 3, 1999

1999 Recruiting Class Release

1999 Stanford Football Recruiting Class

Name                 Pos    Ht.   Wt.  Birthdate  Hometown (High School)
Kerry Carter         RB     6-2   225  12-19-80   Vaughn, Ont. Can. (Henry Carr)
Drew Caylor          DE     6-6   260  1-27-81    Kensington, MD (Chevy Chase)
Jake Covault         LB     6-3   215  6-3-81     Tarpon Springs, FL (East Lake)
Justin Faust         RB     5-11  190  3-6-81     Arlington, TX (Lamar)
Brian Gaffney        ILB    6-1   220  8-31-80    Phoenix, AZ (Brophy Prep)
Louis Hobson         DE     6-3   230  8-2-80     Toronto,, Ont. Can. (Northern)
Mike Holman          OG/C   6-3   290  9-1-80     Houston, TX (Clear Lake)
Jim Johnson          CB     5-10  180  2-10-81    Abington, PA (Abington)
Eran Landry          LB/TE  6-2   235  4-13-81    Pass Christian, MS (Pass Christian)
Chris Lewis          QB     6-3   205  12-13-80   Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Poly)
Darin Naatjes        TE     6-5   230  7-27-80    Alvord, IA (West Lyon)
Edmond O'Neal, III   OT/OG  6-4   280  7-24-81    Flint, MI (Flint Northern)
Brett Pierce         TE/DE  6-4   235  1-7-81     Vancouver, WA (Columbia River)
Luke Powell          WR     5-8   165  2-22-81    Smyrna, TN (Smyrna)
Dustin Stimson       DT     6-3   265  11-25-80   Colleyville, TX (Heritage)
Mike Sullivan        OT     6-6   310  8-25-80    Vista, CA (Vista)

Noting the '99 Recruiting Class

  • 16 total recruits - all high school seniors
  • 14 from the U.S.; two from Canada
  • 13 named prep All-Americans
  • 15 named All-Region
  • 8 offensive players (3 OL, 2 RB, WR, QB, TE)
  • 6 defensive players (3 DL, 2 LB, DB)
  • 2 players undecided (TE/DE, LB/TE)
  • 11 states represented, including 3 from Texas, 2 from California, and one each from Arizona, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Iowa, Michigan, Washing ton, Florida and Tennessee

PLAYER PROFILES

KERRY CARTER
RB, 6-2, 225, Vaughn, Ont., Can.

A prep All-America who hails from Canada and is considered one of the prized recruits in 1999 ... Played only one game during the 1998 season because a teacher's strike in Ontario forced the cancellation of most of the football season ...Gained 175 yards and scored two touchdowns in that one game ... He caught the eye of college recruiters while playing for a summer league team for athletes 19-under in Canada ... In his 11 game season, he rushed for over 2,300 yards and scored 22 TDs while being named the league MVP ... SuperPrep ranked him #22 on their list of the Top-50 recruits ... SuperPrep also rated him as an All-America and the fifth best running back in the nation ... PrepStar selected him to their All-America "Dream Team" and rated him the #1 running back prospect in the Midwest ... He was among the Top-100 Recruits by the National Recruiting Advisor and a Max Emfinger "Bluechip" selection ...As a junior at Father Henry Carr High School in Ontario, Canada, Carter rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 15 TDs in seven games ... He also played linebacker and strong safety ... During his sophomore season, he gained over 1,800 yards on the ground and scored 27 touchdowns in 10 games while leading his team to the Ontario championship ... Named to the Toronto Star All-Star team in both '96 and '97 ... A gifted athlete, Carter also played basketball, volleyball and ran track during his high school career ... A two-time All-Star in basketball ...Won the 1997-98 Henry Jerome Award as the top student-athlete in Canada ... Enjoys writing poetry ... Member of a dance group which participated in R&B competitions throughout Canada.

DREW CAYLOR
DE, 6-6, 260, Kensington, MD

Named to Prep Star's All-America team ... Played both offense and defense at Chevy Chase High School in Maryland, but will concentrate on defense at Stanford ... Super Prep All-Mid-Atlantic selection ... Had 76 tackles, six sacks, four fumbles caused and 18 tackles for loss a year ago ... First-Team All-Metro, All-County and All-State ... Played defensive end, middle linebacker and offensive guard and was also the team's long snapper ... First-Team All-County offensive lineman as a junior ... Played basketball for one year and baseball for two seasons ... Member of the National Honor Society, and Eagle Boy Scout and editor of the school newspaper.

JAKE COVAULT
LB, 6-3, 215, Tarpon Springs, FL

Talented athlete who played quarterback, tight end and inside linebacker for East Lake High School in Florida ... Emfinger named him a "Bluechips" recruit as a tight end while SuperPrep selected him to the All-Dixie Regional team as a linebacker ... A prep All-America selection by Prep Star Magazine ... Recorded 120 tackles, two fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and two interceptions last year ... Named Third-Team All-State and First-Team All-Florida Suncoast, All-County and All-Conference ... Southeast Sports Top 100 recruits in the state of Florida ... First-Team All-Conference as a junior ... Member of the National Honor Society ... His father, Sam, was a college football coach for 15 years with stops at Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Ohio State and UConn

JUSTIN FAUST
RB, 5-11, 190, Arlington, TX

Despite not playing in 1998 due to a knee injury, Justin's reputation as one of the nation's top recruits remained intact ... He tore his ACL prior to his senior season, forcing him to miss the entire year ... PrepStar still named him one of the top recruits in the Big 12 Region ... He entered the year as a pre-season All-America by PrepStar, USA Today and Max Emfinger ... Rated among the top 100 recruits in Texas prior to the '98 campaign ... Played running back, free safety and returned punts and kicks for Lamar High School as a junior in 1997 ... He gained 490 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns during his junior year, three on the ground, one punt return and one kickoff return ... Also had 42 tackles and four interceptions as a safety ... Named First-Team All District 8-5A and All-Area as a junior ... National Merit Achievement Scholarship candidate ... Member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and National Mathematics Honor Society ... Cousin, Ed Reynolds, played professional football for the New England Patriots and is currently working in the NFL office ... His brother, Jason, runs track at TCU.

BRIAN GAFFNEY
ILB, 6-1, 220, Phoenix, AZ

A prep All-America who is considered one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation ... He had 202 total tackles last season for Brophy Prep High School in Phoenix ... He also accounted for 8.5 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles ... As a running back, he gained 442 yards on 65 carries (6.8 ypc) and scored six touchdowns ... PrepStar named him an All-America and rated him as the 10th best linebacker prospect in the West ... Also an All-Farwest selction by Super Prep and a Max Emfinger "Bluechip" recruit ... Chosen the 5A Arizona Defensive Player of the Year in 1998 ... First-Team All-Arizona and All-Region as a linebacker following his senior season

LOUIS HOBSON
DE, 6-3, 230, Toronto, Ont., Can.

A SuperPrep All-Farwest selection and a member of Max Emfinger's "Bluechip" list of the nation's top recruits ... Like Carter, his senior season was cut short due to a teacher's strike in Canada ... Still, he managed to earn All-America status by PrepStar magazine and All-Northwest by Super Prep ... PrepStar ranked him as the #2 defensive lineman in the Midwest ... A two-time Toronto Star "All-Star" selection ... Played basketball in high school as well.

MIKE HOLMAN
OG/C, 6-3, 290, Houston, TX

An All-Southwest selection by Super Prep ... A member of Dave Campbell's Texas Top 100 and the Houston Chronicle Top 100 ... Can play center or guard ... First-Team All-District and honorable mention All-State ... Named the best offensive lineman in his district following his senior season ... All-District Academic as well ... Three-year starter at Clear Lake High School ... District champion in the shot put as a junior ... Member of the National Honor Society ... A group leader in Young Life, member of the student council and very active in community service groups.

JIM JOHNSON
CB, 5-10, 180, Abington, PA

Talented cornerback with good speed and quickness ... An All-America selection by PrepStar magazine, who also ranked him as the fourth best defensive back prospect in the East ... An All-Northeast selection by Super Prep ... Started at cornerback and running as a senior ...Played most of the season with a cast on his hand ... Had 50 tackles and one interception to go along with over 500 yards rushing and nine touchdowns ... First-Team All-Area and All-Suburban League ... Started at running back and free safety as a junior ... Second-Team All-League as a running back after rushing for over 1,100 yards and 12 TDs ... Accounted for three interceptions ... Competed in the 100, 200 and long jump in track ... Member of the National Honor Society.

ERAN LANDRY
LB/TE, 6-2, 235, Pass Christian, MS

Three-year starter at tight end and four-year starter at defensive end for Pass Christian High School in Mississippi ... Had 24 receptions for 540 yards and seven touchdowns the past two seasons ... Named First-Team All-Coast as a tight end as a senior and honorable mention as a junior ... First-Team All-District tight end following his senior year ... Named to the All-Dixie team by Super Prep ... Played basketball for three years ... Member of the National Honor Society, student council, school yearbook staff and Mu Alpha Theta, an organization which tutors students in math.

CHRIS LEWIS
QB, 6-3, 205, Long Beach, CA

One of the top recruits in the nation ... A consensus prep All-America quarterback ... Named the 1998 Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year ... Also named to the Parade All-America First-Team ... Super Prep ranked him No. 21 on their list of the nation's top recruits while PrepStar named him to their "Dream Team" and their Super 30 All-West Team ... The National Recruiting Advisor placed him No. 35 on their list of the nation's top 100 recruits ... Super Prep not only named him an All-America, but the third best quarterback prospect in the nation ... As a senior, he completed 174-of-293 for 3,170 yards and 43 touchdowns ... He set the California state career record with 107 TD passes ... Threw for 8,616 yards in his career at Long Beach Poly High School ... Threw for 398 yards and seven touchdowns in one game ... Following his senior season, he was named CIF Division I Offensive Player of the Year, Moore League Offensive Player of the Year, Orange County Register Fab 15, Long Beach Press Telegram "Best in the West," L.A. Times Glenn Davis Player of the Year and USA Today Second-Team All-America ...He was a finalist for the Franklin D. Watkins Award as the Outstanding Afro-American football player in the country ... Received many accolades following his junior season, including All-CIF Division I, All Moore League, Press Telegram Dream Team and Student Sports Magazine First-Team All-America ... Also an outstanding volleyball player ... Member of the USA volleyball junior national champions in 1998 ... An All-League volleyball player in high school ... His sis ter, Robyn, is currently a member of the Cardinal women's volleyball team.

DARIN NAATJES
TE, 6-5, 230, Alvord, IA

Outstanding athlete who played quarterback and defensive end in high school, but will play tight end at Stanford ... He starred in football, basketball, baseball and track at West Lyon High School in Iowa ... The National Recruiting Advisor ranked him No. 26 on their list of the nation's top 100 recruits ... A "Bluechips" recruit by Max Emfinger ... Super Prep named him to their All-America team and ranked him as the sixth best "jumbo athlete" in the nation ... PrepStar selected him as an All-America and the No. 2 athlete in the Midwest ... Parade All-America as an "athlete" ... Played quarterback and defensive end as a senior, tight end and strong safety as a junior and wide receiver and strong safety as a sophomore ... He was First-Team All-District as a QB and First-Team All-State as a defensive end this past season ... As a junior, he was First-Team All-State at strong safety and First-Team All-District as a tight end ... Played basketball for four years ... Two-time All-State and All-Conference in basketball following his sophomore and junior seasons ... Also a two-time First-Team All-State baseball player ... A right-handed pitcher and outfielder ... Won the state championship in the long jump as a junior while placing third in the 200 and fifth in the 100 ... Member of the National Honor Society.

EDMOND O'NEAL, III
OT, 6-4, 280, Flint, MI

Three-year starter at offensive tackle for Flint Northern High School in Michigan ... Named First-Team All-City last year in leading his team to the city championship ... He was also chosen First-Team All-Valley ... As a junior, he was an honorable mention selection on the All-City and All-Valley teams ... Graded out at 90% as a senior ... Played basketball for one season and participated in track for four years ... Won the city championship in the shot put as a junior ... Cousin of NBA player Danny Manning.

BRETT PIERCE
TE/DE, 6-4, 235, Vancouver, WA

Named All-America by Super Prep and Prep Star ... Talented two-way player who may play tight end or defensive end at Stanford ... Named to the Long Beach Press Telegram's "Best in the West" First Team ... Two-time First-Team All-State and two-time Defensive Player of the Year in Clark County ... Earned nine varsity letters, three each in football, basketball and baseball ... Named the Clark County Player of the Year in football and the county Athlete of the Year ... Two-time all-league in baseball as a sophomore and junior ... All-league in basketball as a junior ... Member of the National Honor Society.

LUKE POWELL
WR, 5-8, 165, Smyrna, TN

An option quarterback in high school who has the reputation of being a dangerous player every time he touches the ball ... He will play wide receiver at Stanford ... A year ago, he threw for over 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for over 1,000 yards and 12 TDs ... Also started in the secondary ... He intercepted three passes, including one for a 95-yard TD return, and recorded 60 tackles ... He was selected a prep All-America by Super Prep and Prep Star ... Super Prep ranked him No. 8 on their list of the top "skill" athletes in the nation ... Chosen First-Team All-State as an athlete and as a defensive back ... Offensive Player of the Year in his area ... A three-year starter at quarterback and defensive back for Smyrna High School in Tennessee ... Started as a freshman at wide receiver ... Played basketball for three years ... All-state second baseman in baseball his junior season after hitting .440 and going 15-for-15 on stolen bases ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Senior class president ... Finalist for the Franklin D. Watkins Award as the top Afro-American student-athlete in the country (Chris Lewis was also a finalist).

DUSTIN STIMSON
DT, 6-3, 265, Colleyville, TX

As a senior at Heritage High School in Texas, he registered 64 tackles, 12 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, three caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 11 games ... All-Southwest selection by Super Prep and All-Big-12 Region by Prep Star ... First-Team All-District and Second-Team All-Area ... Honorable mention Academic All-State ... Started at offensive and defensive tackle as a junior ... He earned Second-Team All-District honors as an offensive tackle ... Throws the shot put as well ... Placed second in the district as a junior ... Brother, Nate, plays football at Georgia Tech ... He will be a senior in 1999 ... Full name Dustin Ryan Stimson ... Named after Dustin Hoffman and Ryan O'Neal.

MIKE SULLIVAN
OT, 6-6, 310, Vista, CA

An All-America selection by Prep Star Magazine and an All-Farwest choice by Super Prep ... Honorable Mention in the Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best in the West" ... A Max Emfinger "Bluechips" recruit ... First Team All-Palomar League and All-North County as a senior ... All-Academic as a senior ... Named to the San Diego Union-Tribune's All-County team ... First-Team All-CIF ... National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame scholar-athlete ... Throws the shot in discuss in track.


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