- Kevin Gemmell, ESPN Staff Writer
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As you'd expect, things are picking up with national signing day just around the corner. A lot has happened in the past few days.
First, there was the commitment of offensive lineman Josh Garnett. If you haven't heard, scroll down a couple of inches.
I was crushed about it. Because that's where I really wanted to be: at Stanford. He ([Stanford coach Lance] Anderson) told me good luck and said he would try to find out more about it.
I was overwhelmed. At first, I didn't want to go play basketball -- I had a game that night -- and I didn't want to play. My plan was to stay in the house but Coach Antoine came and got me out of the house. I'm glad he did, because my teammates helped me feel better - even though they didn't know what was going on at the time.
Per the article, Tillman might not declare next week and instead weigh his options. That's probably the smart move. He obviously had his heart set on Stanford so no need to make rash decisions about the future when your head isn't completely right. He still has offers from New Mexico, Memphis, SMU and Southern Miss.
With a reported 4.0 grade point average, he's obviously a bright young man and the Cardinal coaching staff saw enough in the two-star athelte to make him an offer which leads me to believe he'll land on his feet.
On the lighter side, the folks at RecruitingNation rolled the dice and made their predictions on where the remaining five- and four-star prospects would end up.
If you believe Greg Biggins, Jamie Newberg and Damon Sayles, offensive tackle Andrus Peat, ranked N0. 9 in the ESPNU 150, is headed to Stanford.
Five of seven recruiting analysts have offensive tackle Kyle Murphy (No. 27) picking Stanford over USC.
On the defensive line, four of the seven analysts have Aziz Shittu picking Stanford over USC and Cal.
Also, if you missed this on the Pac-12 blog Thursday, Stanford was rated as one of the top five out-of-state recruiting schools in a study conducted by RecruitingNation and LaRue Cook of ESPN The Magazine.
The Cardinal just can't compete with USC and UCLA for California's top talent, signing only two of the state's 73 ESPNU 150 recruits from 2007-11. But when Jim Harbaugh landed [Andrew] Luck, it proved that top prospects will travel to Palo Alto. After Harbaugh left for the 49ers, new head coach David Shaw convinced 2011's No. 2 ILB James Vaughters (Tucker, Ga.) to stick with Stanford, and the Cardinal currently have three out-of-state ESPNU 150 preps committed for 2012, including top-25 overall prospect OLB Noor Davis (Leesburg, Fla.).
The Cardinal had players from 27 different states on the roster this past season.