Feb. 22, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. - QB Teyo Johnson and RB/LB Amon Gordon, two of the most highly-coveted recruits in the nation, today signed national letters-of-intent to enroll at Stanford University in the Fall of 2000 and join the Cardinal football program.
The addition of Johnson and Gordon brings Stanford's 2000 recruiting class to 14. Twelve other student-athletes signed national letters-of-intent on February 2. Both Johnson and Gordon were prep All-Americans, bringing to nine the number of prep All-Americans who committed to Stanford.
"The addition of Teyo Johnson and Amon Gordon adds to what we believe is a very good overall recruiting class," said Cardinal head coach Tyrone Willingham. "Both are tremendous athletes who possess great character and leadership abilities. We feel both will make a positive contribution to our football program."
Both Johnson and Gordon attended Mira Mesa High School in San Diego in 1999 after transferring from Mariner High School in Washington. Johnson, 6-7, 256, played quarterback, tight end, wide receiver and defensive end in high school, but comes to Stanford as a quarterback. Gordon is a 6-4, 280 pounder who played both linebacker and running back last season.
Johnson, brother of current Cardinal senior Riall Johnson, will also play basketball at Stanford. He is considered by some as the top two-sport recruit in the nation. A year ago, he played both offense and defense at Mira Mesa. He finished the season with 1,068 yards passing and 11 touchdowns to go along with 48 rushes for 411 yards and four TDs and 24 receptions for 386 yards and three touchdowns (1,865 yards in total offense, 18 TDs). Defensively, he registered 60 tackles, 14 sacks, eight quarterback hurries, eight pass deflections, four forced fumbles, and two interceptions, one returned for a touchdowns
Johnson was a consensus First-Team prep All-America as an "athlete." PrepStar ranked him as the No. 2 athlete in the nation while SuperPrep ranked Johnson No. 4 on their list of "jumbo athletes." In basketball, Johnson was also a highly-sought after recruit. He participated in the '99 Nike All-America Camp and the Olympic USA Basketball camp. A year ago, Dick Vitale named him as one of the top 20 juniors in the nation.
Gordon rushed for 1,353 yards and 19 TDs last season at Mira Mesa. He was a consensus First-Team prep All-America as a linebacker, however. PrepStar named him to their "Dream Team" as one of the nation's top 100 recruits, ranked him third among linebackers in the nation and the No. 6 recruit in the west. SuperPrep ranked Gordon No. 22 on their list of the nation's top 50 recruits.
Both Johnson and Gordon played football and basketball at Mariner High School in Washington in 1997 and '98 before moving to San Diego and playing at Mira Mesa in 1999.
2000 Stanford Football Recruiting Class NAME POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL) O.J. Atogwe CB 5-11 180 6-23-81 Windsor, Ont., CAN (W.F. Herman) David Bergeron LB 6-4 245 12-4-81 Lake Oswego, OR (Lakeridge) Ryan Eklund QB 6-7 205 7-9-82 Federal Way, WA (Decatur) Amon Gordon RB/LB 6-4 280 10-13-81 San Diego, CA (Mira Mesa) Kwame Harris OT 6-7 320 3-15-82 Newark, DE (Newark) Teyo Johnson QB 6-7 256 11-29-81 San Diego, CA (Mira Mesa) Kenneth McCandless RB/DB 6-1 190 12-16-81 Albuquerque, NM (Valley) Brandon Royster RB 6-0 195 3-23-82 Fairfax, VA (Fairfax) Scott Scharff DE 6-5 245 2-7-82 Wisconsin Rapids, WI (Lincoln) Nick Sebes WR 5-11 175 6-4-81 Mount Carmel, PA (Mount Carmel) Alex Smith TE 6-5 220 5-22-82 Denver, CO (Mullen) Will Svitek TE/DE 6-7 235 1-8-82 Newbury Park, CA (Newbury Park) Leigh Torrence CB 6-0 175 1-4-82 Atlanta, GA (Marist) Stanley Wilson CB 6-0 175 11-5-82 Carson, CA (Bishop Montgomery)