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Catching up on the week in Stanford recruiting. This is shaping up to be the-one-that-got-away edition.
It looks like Stanford probably isn't going to get Trent Hosick (Kansas City, Mo.), who has his heart set on playing quarterback in college. He told ESPN.com's Damon Sayles that Stanford was one of the latest schools trying to convert him to another position — but his heart is set on being a signal-caller.
It’s still a sense of, ‘Wow, what an honor. They brought in Barry Sanders Jr. at running back for the 2012 class, and they were interested in me at running back for the 2013 class. Stanford’s a great school, and I’d get the chance to play with [Staley teammate] Nathanael [Lohn] again.
They recognize my athleticism, and that’s honorable, but at the same time, my goal is to help my team win a national championship. I feel the best way for me to do that is to play quarterback. I have the opportunity to play quarterback at many places, so that’s what I’m going to do.
Meanwhile, more details are emerging about cornerback Chris Hawkins and his decision to go with USC over Stanford.
He was originally going to give the Cardinal verbal commitment last month, though a last-minute conversation with some members of the USC coaching staff changed his mind. Here are some outtakes from a nice piece by Erik McKinney.
While Hawkins was initially drawn to Stanford by its academic prowess and 3-1 record against USC on the football field over the past four years, he said things began to shift the closer he studied it.
“The academics Stanford has are great, but USC sort of has the same academic stature,” he said. “I don’t plan on moving out of California after my career is done, so a USC degree is just as valuable as one from Stanford.
“... I was thinking about Stanford all the time. But I couldn’t decide what school to go to. I would be doing homework and I would just have to stop everything I was doing. There was a lot going on in my head.”
In other Stanford recruiting news:
Offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C.) picked up his 15th offer. This one from Miami. But he told ESPN.com's Jamie Newberg he's holding out for No. 16: "Stanford said that they are waiting on my test score. That would be a great one for me."
Defensive end Jordan Sherit (Tampa, Fla.) continues to be sought after by multiple schools, writes Bob Przybylo. Oklahoma has now entered the mix, though Sherit reiterated his interest in the Cardinal: "I'm not going to make a commitment until I've seen all of the schools I'm interested in. That will mean a lot of traveling so it's going to be some time. I'm not as much interested in the wins and losses as I am the relationship I have with the coaches and how I feel on the campus."
Linebacker Shane Jones (Cincinnati) believes Stanford could be knocking soon. He told Shanker: "When you think of Stanford, you think of the school, but now you have a football team that's turning it around and competing in the BCS."