Finding young, talented football players nowadays has evolved in more ways than one. The Cardinal finished National Signing Day last Wednesday by securing the No. However, it accomplished that with only 14 total commits.
The recruiting trail, for all intents and purposes, has become more a slicked highway with a barrage of prospects waiting at each exit ramp, holding out their hands for promises and guarantees. Stanford was the only program in the top 25 with fewer than 18 total signees.
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“A lot of people offer a whole bunch of guys, ‘Let’s say we need three corners, and we offer 15.’ Now for me, it feels like a game show. ‘This guy jumped, so somebody has to be next.’ For me, that pressuring guys to commit is the opposite of what I want to be.” And he’s right. Coaches will distribute offers and then tell recruits to hurry up and commit before that spot in the class is taken up by someone else. With the academic standards that exist at Stanford, the Cardinal is already limited in the number of players it can target.
So, if there are X number of spots open on the roster, Shaw’s staff will offer scholarships to X number or prospects.
There is no overselling done in Palo Alto, and it allows Stanford to be more dialed in with the players on its board.
“It allows us, honestly, to be more communicative with the guys we recruit.