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Monday, January 30, 2012
Stanford recruiting roundup

By Kevin Gemmell

A look at what happened over the last week in the world of Stanford recruiting. As you'd expect, a lot has been going down.

Not so fast, Florida State. ESPN's Max Olson says the story on Jameis Winston's future hasn't been written yet. And it's possible that it could come with Cardinal ink.

According to Olson, Winston, the nation's No. 1 quarterback, is still seriously considering signing with Stanford. Insider Writes Olson:
On Saturday, Stanford coach David Shaw called Winston's father to confirm Winston has been admitted into the school should he choose to sign there.

Winston remains verbally committed to Florida State, but he said gaining admission into one of the country's most prestigious universities was an honor.

Stay tuned.

Some other notes:

" Good news for fans of Luke Kamautule -- he's in.

ESPN.com's Greg Biggins reported that the 6-7, 244-pound defensive end from Honolulu, Hawaii, received news last week he'd been admitted to Stanford. Insider

Kamautule told Biggins:
Coach [David] Shaw called me and told me I was in. They sent a letter as well and I can’t tell you how relieved I was to find out. I literally felt like there was a huge weight on my back and when I got that call, it felt like the weight was lifted off.

It was a little stressful but I was taking my visits and checked out UCLA and Washington and liked both places a lot. I was supposed to visit Colorado but I canceled that trip. I always said the other schools were backup options in case I didn’t get in to Stanford so this really clears up everything up for me.

Looks like Stanford can take Deante' Gray off their commit list. The wide receiver switched his commitment yesterday to TCU Insider after giving the Cardinal committing in June.

" USC is legitimately in play for offensive lineman Kyle Muprhy (San Clemente, Calif.) -- who was considered a strong Stanford lean for most of the recruiting season. Murphy said he's down to just USC and Stanford and that Oregon and Florida are no longer in the mix.

Here's Murphy comparing the two schools:
Both schools are great academically and have top football programs. Stanford is a little better academically while USC has more tradition. Both schools have an opening at the left tackle position and I really want to play as a true freshman. It’s very important to me.

... It’s just going to come down to where I feel I can be the most comfortable at for the next four or five years of my life. The school where I’m most comfortable with the players, coaches and the overall atmosphere, that’s who I’m going to pick.

" Looks like USC and Stanford are also battling for defensive tackle Aziz Shittu Insider(Atwater, Calif.), according to ESPN's Erik McKinney.

" Here's some more from Biggins on the commitment from Joshua Garnett, Insider who picked Stanford last week over Michigan:
It was close, but I just felt Stanford was the best overall fit for me. I've been up to Stanford several times, and it just always felt like home to me. They have the best combination of academics and football in the country, and I really love everything about the place.

I already know a lot of the players on the team and the recruiting class coming in is strong. I'm close with the coaching staff and especially Coach [Mike] Bloomgren, the offensive line coach, and Randy Hart, who recruits my area.

" Zach Hoffpauir is still committed to Cal, but he's keeping his Stanford options open Insider, writes Biggins.

" The competition is going to be fierce for 2013 Hudson (Ohio) linebacker Ben Gedeon, who just added an Ohio State offer to go with a Stanford offer Insider, among nine others.

" Linebacker Beau Hankins (Birmingham, Ala.) is keeping the suspense until signing day Insider. He said he'll announce on Feb. 1, with Stanford in the mix as well as six other schools.

More news and notes about players already committed to Stanford:

" A really nice read from Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times on how social media -- specifically the anonymous cowardice behind it -- can upset something special like a player committing to a college. Garnett is the centerpiece of the story.

" Noor Davis and Alex Carter both looked impressive at practices for the International Bowl.

" Drew Madhu got the acceptance news he'd been waiting for.