There's been some recruiting news of late. But most of it has been about players choosing schools other than Stanford.
Before we get to those, commit Doug Randolph was recently quoted in a Steve Megargee article about academics and recruiting. It's an interesting piece.
Here's the Randolph portion:
Rivals100 linebacker Doug Randolph of Richmond (Va.) Woodberry Forest comes from a family of doctors. His father and older brother are radiation oncologists. His mother is a dentist and his sister is an ophthalmologist.
Randolph, who has verbally committed to Stanford, doesn't plan to continue the family tradition. He intends to study business at Stanford. But his choice wasn't based on any worries about whether he could balance football and a pre-med courseload.
"My interests were just elsewhere," Randolph said. "Coming from Woodberry, I have pretty good time management skills, especially with sports, so that's really not a factor for me. That played no part. If I really wanted it, I'm sure I could make it happen."
Now, to the ones that got away:
Stanford hasn't given up hope on Texas tight end Durham Smythe, who committed to the Longhorns more than two months ago. Smythe told ESPN.com's William Wilkerson that the Cardinal continue to come by, but he's unmoved in his decision. “Stanford was up there. It really came down to how comfortable I was there. They all feel the same in a way but some places just click and that’s what it felt like with Texas.”
Ty Slanina talks to ESPN.com's Damon Sayles about picking TCU over Stanford, among others.
Kameron Miles also talks with Sayles about choosing Tennessee over the Cardinal. “Stanford has the academics, and that was big for me,” Miles said, “but I said to myself, ‘I’ve got to play in the SEC.’ The SEC has been taking championships, and it’s a very competitive conference. I’m a competitive person. That’s what fuels me.”
It will be a while before we know about Braden Smith's decision, but Stanford got their offer in early, according to ESPN.com's Brandon Chatmon.