City: Stanford, CA
Web site: http://www.stanford.edu/home/athletics/
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|David Yankey||No Rating||6'5"/275||Centennial High School||Offensive tackle||Stanford|
|Delino DeShields||No Rating||5'9"/180||Woodward Academy||Running back||Central Florida, Georgia Tech, Mississippi and Stanford|
|Henry Anderson||B+||6'6"/245||Woodward Academy||Defensive end||Central Florida, East Carolina, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia|
|Jamal Patterson||A+||6'3"/200||Henry County High School||Wide receiver||Stanford|
|Juwan Thompson||A-||5'11"/212||Woodward Academy||Running back||Central Florida, Duke, Mississippi and Stanford|
Georgia Tech coaches Paul Johnson and Buzz Preston met with several players at Woodward Academy on Thursday, including senior Brian Holland and juniors Henry Anderson, Delino DeShields and Juwan Thompson. Anderson, who picked up a scholarship offer from Stanford on Wednesday, was impressed with Johnson. "Coach Johnson was a laid back kind of guy with a good sense of humor and was easy to talk to," the 6-foot-6, 237-pound Anderson said. "He was down to earth and fun to talk to. "They were there for about 20 to 25 minutes. They talked about the recruiting process." Anderson is hopeful the Jackets will offer him a scholarship. "If Tech offers, I would definitely think hard about going there," he said. "They're one of the best teams in the country, and they've got elite academics as well." Will the Jackets offer? The coaches who handle the recruiting at Woodward said they might offer all three of us [juniors]," Anderson said. "I know they were talking to Brian Holland about walking on. "If the head coach shows up at your school, you know they're interested."
Woodward Academy junior running back Juwan Thompson had to take a second look after receiving correspondence in the mail from Stanford on Saturday. "It looked like a regular letter, but then I read it again and said 'oh, it's an offer,'" said Thompson. "When I got an offer from Duke, the letter was laminated and it was sent to my school." The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Thomson is already toying with the idea of visiting Stanford in December. "I tried to call [Stanford] coach [Jim] Harbaugh on Saturday and he returned my call [today]," Thompson said. "He told me about the school and said he's looking forward to me coming down." Got some recruiting news? firstname.lastname@example.org
Dutchtown’s Joe Stewart’s distracting ways have helped the Bulldogs to a breakout season. In its fifth varsity season, the Henry County school has assured itself of its first non-losing season. The Bulldogs are 5-4 heading into this weekend’s game against Region 4-AAAA leader North Clayton. They had not won more than two games in any of the previous four seasons. A big reason is the 6-foot, 165-pound Stewart, who has played quarterback, wide receiver, running back and kick returner. He specializes in returning kicks and playing receiver. His 4.4 speed in the 40 has drawn attention of more than recruiters. “When I’m on the field, people are looking to see where I am,” said Stewart, who was averaging three catches and 40 receiving yards per game entering last week’s 27-22 loss to Griffin. “People won’t even kick off to me. If they kick it, they kick it away from me. I’m double-teamed all the time [at receiver]. … “I don’t like it, but if that helps my team win, it’s OK being a distraction.” Stewart has offers from Missouri, where his father Joe Sr. played, as well as Stanford, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Central Florida, Hawaii and several smaller programs.
Dutchtown playmaker Joe Stewart is wise to listen to his father, Joe Sr., a former NFL receiver. But that doesn’t mean he’ll follow Dad’s footsteps in college. Joe Sr. still holds record at the University of Missouri, and while the Tigers are on the younger Stewart’s lengthy list of offers he may not end up at the Big 12 school. “He put everything on me and says whatever I want, wherever I want to go,” Stewart said of his father’s advice in the recruiting process. “He says, ‘If you’re good enough they’ll come and find you.’” Which may or may not mean Mizzou. The 6-foot, 165-pound “athlete” with 4.4 speed in the 40 also has offers from Stanford, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Central Florida, Hawaii, along with several smaller programs. Alabama is in the mix, too, although an offer hasn’t come yet. Stewart, who projects as a receiver/kick returner in college, said Alabama wrote him a few weeks ago to tell him that they were coming to see him play and has been in contact since. “They’ve been contacting me every week. I’m hoping they’ll offer,” he said. Stewart has visits planned to Missouri, Central Florida and Stanford, and would like to swing a visit to Hawaii, for obvious reasons.
Brock Sanders committed to Stanford University as a defensive end, but he hopes to make a greater offensive impression before playing for the Cardinal. Sanders, a member of the AJC’s The Georgia 150, enters Northview’s Region 7-AAAAA game at South Forsyth having caught only one 20-yard pass at tight end and having run only once for 5 yards at fullback. The son of former NFL offensive lineman Eric Sanders hopes to improve his offensive stock since moving from tight end to fullback in Northview’s triple-option set under new coach Jim Showfety. Northview is 0-4. “It’s definitely frustrating to lose, but at fullback, I’ll be able to touch the ball a lot more than at tight end,” said the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder. “We haven’t really put together our [offense] yet.” Sanders’ 24 tackles already are just one fewer than last season’s 25 that enticed Stanford. But he’d like to show why Tulane and Mississippi State had offered him scholarships on the offensive side. “I like offense and defensive both the same, but I’ve definitely had more impact on the defensive side,” he said