Stanford announces Top 5 recruiting class


Stanford announces Top 5 recruiting class

Twenty-two high school seniors signed official national letters of intent to play football at Stanford University next fall, the program announced in a press release Wednesday.

Of the 22 signees, 13 were recognized as All-Americans by Parade, SuperPrep or PrepStar. Thirteen were rated in the Top 24 nationally at their position. And thirteen garnered four-star ratings, including four five-star players.

"We are excited to welcome one of the best recruiting classes in school history, said Shaw, who was named the 2011 Pac-12 Conferences Coach of the Year after guiding the Cardinal to an 11-2 record and a second straight BCS bowl appearance. We say that not because of how high this class is rated, but instead because of the combination of ability, intelligence, toughness and character in this class. We cannot wait for these young men to join us this summer and have an immediate impact on our team this season."

Below is the complete list of all 22 signees:

Alex Carter -- CB -- 6-0 -- 195 -- Ashburn, VA (Briar Woods)
Johnny Caspers -- OL -- 6-4 -- 285 -- Glen Ellyn, IL (Glenbard West)
Conner Crane -- WR -- 6-4 -- 190 -- Lantana, TX (John H. Guyer)
Nick Davidson -- OL -- 6-7 -- 285 -- Eden Prairie, MN (Eden Prairie)
Noor Davis -- OLB -- 6-4 -- 235 -- Leesburg, FL (Leesburg)
Brandon Fanaika -- OL -- 6-3 -- 320 -- Pleasant Grove, UT (Pleasant Grove)
Joshua Garnett -- OL -- 6-5 -- 305 -- Puyallup, WA (Puyallup)
Zach Hoffpauir -- S -- 6-0 -- 210 -- Glendale, AZ (Centennial)
Dontonio Jordan -- WR -- 5-11 -- 185 -- Hickory Creek, TX (Lake Dallas)
Luke Kaumatule -- DETE -- 6-7 -- 260 -- Honolulu, HI (Punahou)
Nate Long -- DE -- 6-3 -- 265 -- Kansas City, MO (Staley)
Drew Madhu -- S -- 6-1 -- 196 -- Tampa, FL (H.B. Plant)
Blake Martinez -- ILB -- 6-2 -- 235 -- Tucson, AZ (Canyon del Oro)
Kyle Murphy -- OL -- 6-7 -- 278 -- San Clemente, CA (San Clemente)
Ikenna Nwafor -- DT -- 6-6 -- 300 -- Irving, TX (Cistercian Prep)
Andrus Peat -- OL -- 6-7 -- 305 -- Tempe, AZ (Corona del Sol)
Michael Rector -- WR -- 6-1 -- 185 -- Gig Harbor, WA (Bellarmine Prep)
Barry Sanders -- RB -- 5-10 -- 185 -- Oklahoma City, OK (Heritage Hall)
Aziz Shittu -- DE -- 6-3 -- 275 -- Atwater, CA (Buhach Colony)
Graham Shuler -- OL -- 6-4 -- 277 -- Franklin, TN (Brentwood Academy)
Jordan Watkins -- DE -- 6-5 -- 265 -- Decatur, GA (Woodward Academy)
Kodi Whitfield -- WR -- 6-2 -- 195 -- Los Angeles, CA (Loyola)

Stanford University media services contributed to this report

Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal


Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal


PALO ALTO — Bryce Love rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown despite missing most of the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury, and No. 20 Stanford held off California 17-14 on Saturday to keep its Pac-12 title hopes alive.

K.J. Costello completed 17 of 26 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, Ben Edwards made a key interception in the fourth quarter and Cameron Scarlett rushed for 49 yards on the final drive in place of Love to help the Cardinal (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) milk the clock and win its eighth straight Big Game.

Stanford can earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against USC but needs some help.

The Cardinal can get there if No. 15 Washington State loses to No. 16 Washington next week. If the Cougars — who beat Stanford 24-21 on Nov. 4 — beat the Huskies, they get the nod because of the tiebreaker.

The nation's leading rusher going into the game, Love was held in check most of the game by Cal's defense and sat out the final 11:43 after re-injuring his ankle that has bothered him for the past month. He did stay on the field long enough to score a 57-yard touchdown — his 11th run of 50 yards or longer this season.

Scarlett, Love's primary backup all season, also came up big for Stanford. Scarlett rushed for 61 yards, the majority coming on the Cardinal's last drive that took the final 7:25. Scarlett's 2-yard gain on 4th-and-1 kept the drive going.

Patrick Laird ran for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Ross Bowers passed for 182 yards and a touchdown for California. The Golden Bears (5-6, 2-6) need a win in their final game to become bowl eligible in coach Justin Wilcox's first season.


California: The Bears made the Cardinal sweat and kept the game a lot closer than many thought possible. Wilcox's defense did a good job bottling up Love most of the game but couldn't stop Scarlett on the final drive which was huge. Still, there are plenty of positives for Cal to take out of this one.

Stanford: It wasn't the best game for David Shaw's team but the Cardinal gritted it out and held off a pesky Cal team that had plenty to play for. The conference title can still happen but before that Stanford has a pretty big game coming up against Notre Dame.


California: Ends the regular season at UCLA on Saturday.

Stanford: The Cardinal stay home and will host No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday. Stanford has won the last two and six of last eight against the Irish.

Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital


Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New Orleans Saints say running back Daniel Lasco has feelings in his extremities after suffering a spinal injury making a tackle on a kickoff return during today's game at Buffalo.

Lasco was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to a hospital.

He was hurt six minutes into the second quarter when he appeared to lower his head while tackling Bills returner Brandon Tate. 

Lasco played four seasons at the University of California, Berkeley. He gained 1,471 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns his junior year. In 2015 as a senior, Lasco was limited to nine games and only totaled 355 yards. 

The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report