Stanford Football: Nick Davidson

Not sure if anyone caught this in Ted Miller's Pac-12 lunch links last week, but it's worth taking a look at.

Mighty Hank, a friend of the Stanford blog who does a great job with Go Mighty Card, projected a potential depth chart for Stanford in 2014 -- the first year college football will have its four-team playoff system.

Here's his projections:
  • Quarterback: Brett Nottingham, RS Sr.
  • Running backs: Kelsey Young, Sr.; Barry J. Sanders, Jr.; Remound Wright, Sr.
  • Wide receivers: Ty Montgomery, Sr.; Kodi Whitfield, Jr.; Francis Owusu, So.
  • Offensive line: Andrus Peat, Jr; Josh Garnett, Jr.; Kyle Murphy, Jr.; Nick Davidson, Jr.; Graham Shuler, Jr.
  • Defensive line: Aziz Shittu, Jr.; Jordan Watkins, Jr.; Luke Kaumatule, Jr.
  • Linebackers: AJ Tarpley, RS Sr.; James Vaughters, Sr.; Noor Davis, Jr.
  • Defensive backs: Wayne Lyons, RS Sr.; Alex Carter, Jr.; Zach Hoffpauir, Jr.

As Hank points out, there really is no way to fully project what the team is going to look like two seasons from now. But here is my first thought: nasty!

Owusu is the only player mentioned from the 2013 class. It will be interesting to see where players like QB Ryan Burns, ILB Isaac Savaiinaea and OLB Doug Randolph factor in.

A little more from Hank:
With the experience of a three-year starter at quarterback in Nottingham, a possible Heisman candidate in Sanders, and the best offensive line in the country, the offense promises to be dominant. Defensively, the front seven will have the strength to stifle the best running backs the Pac-12 has to offer, even if Vaughters has already made the leap to the NFL, and the defensive backfield will be skilled enough to do more than just keep up. All three levels of the defense could be at or near the top of the conference.

The offensive line is what stands out most to me. It's one thing to project what kind of impact Peat or Murphy could make in the 2012 season -- where the Cardinal are still trying to plug a couple of holes on the line. It's another to imagine them -- with a couple of years experience -- starting alongside other big-time recruits from the 2012 class. This group won't all come up together, but will likely see some spot starts along the way.

Then you put Sanders behind them and you have a powerful, explosive running game that is the envy of every B1G program. And if some of the 2013 guys are as advertised, the defense will be SEC worthy.

Of course, when you look at the recruiting classes USC and Oregon have brought in the last two years and the projected 2013 classes of the Trojans, Ducks and Washington, it's clear that this won't exactly be an easy road for the Cardinal. Expect the Pac-12 to ultra-competitive in 2014 with Stanford right in the mix.

Cardinal line bulks up again

February, 1, 2012
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Stanford’s offensive line is looking better and better by the hour.

Andrus Peat (Tempe, Ariz.), the No. 2 offensive tackle in the country, announced he’s headed to Stanford. He's the fifth ESPNU 150 player to commit to the Cardinal.

“It’s an offensive lineman’s dream,” Peat said during his announcement.

The five-star tackle, who stands 6-7, 300-pounds, joins an offensive line class that includes highly-regarded linemen Joshua Garnett and Nick Davidson, among others.

Peat was also considering USC, Florida State and Nebraska. Wearing a red tie (giveaway?), he pulled out the Stanford hat, giving the Cardinal, arguably, the strongest offensive line recruiting class in the country.

Stanford recruiting roundup

January, 5, 2012
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Here's a look at what happened in the world of Stanford recruiting over the last week and a couple of days (usually this report runs on Mondays, but hey, there was sort of an important game that day).
  • Speaking of that Fiesta game -- we all know the sub-plot was that it was the Barry Sanders bowl. Damon Sayles is reporting that he'll make his decision on Saturday. I'd think Stanford's offense on Monday night looked like the kind of offense a running back would love. Just sayin' ...
  • Insider Sayles is also reporting that four-star offensive tackle Kyle Murphy is still waiting to make his decision from among USC, Stanford, Oregon, Florida and Cal. He's set up an official visit to Stanford the week of Jan. 13.
"I liked the environments," Murphy said of Oregon and Florida, "and I got a good feel for the schools and the programs. I want to go to a place that has a good system I can fit into. I want to have a good feel for the place and a good feel for the players and coaches."
Writes Biggins:
The commitment Thursday night from Brandon Fanaika (Pleasant Grove, Utah) gives the Cardinal four offensive line commitments. For most schools, that would just about wrap it up but Stanford is still heavily involved with three of the nation’s best line prospects and if it lands even two of the three, it would be one of the best OL classes in recent memory.

Some news and notes about players already committed to Stanford.

Stanford recruiting roundup

December, 26, 2011
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A look at what happened this week in the world of Stanford recruiting.
“I’m almost there, I’m still working on it,” Kaumatule said. “I had my surgery and that held me back a little but I’ll get it done and everything will be good. I’m very confident I’ll get cleared. In the meantime, I’m in contract with UCLA, Cal, Washington and Colorado and I’m going to try and visit all those schools if I can."

Additional news and notes on players already committed to Stanford.
Writes Hartman:

Eden Prairie football coach Mike Grant described Nick Davidson, son of Viking offensive line coach Jeff, as one of the best players he has coached in 20 years.

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