The Cardinal class is the best of the Pac-12


Stanford’s disappointing 2021 season had no impact on his recruiting.

Despite a 3-9 season, his worst record in 15 years, the Cardinal finished Early Signing Day Wednesday with the best class in the Pac-12 according to ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports. Nationally, the class is ranked # 12 by ESPN, # 14 by Rivals, and # 15 by 247Sports.

“A class that was brought in in the middle of a very difficult season for us,” said Stanford coach David Shaw. “What says a lot about Stanford University and the attractiveness of education here, it says a lot about our coaching staff and our ability to find and recruit these kids, and it says a lot about these kids. young people that they could see. that this season was not the direction of our football program, that it was an aberration. ”

The Cardinal recruited 20 players on Wednesday, including at least one in each position in attack and defense. The signature class is split evenly between offense and defense and is represented by 13 states and Canada.

Seven of the players have been named four-star rookies by 247Sports. It was a big change from last year, when Stanford had just signed two four-star rookies and was ranked 43rd nationally, by 247Sports.

Here are the main highlights of National Signing Day:


The top two players in the class are outside linebackers: David Bailey, from Santa Ana, and Ernest Cooper, from Arlington, TX.

Stanford fended off a belated accusation by USC to sign Bailey, who plays for the nation’s highest ranked soccer program at Mater Dei and is rated the 71st best player nationally by 247Sports. Shaw called Bailey a game changer because of his ability to sidestep the rush on passing passes, but also cover tight ends and running backs.

Cooper, who has also made official visits to Texas A&M and Ohio State, is considered a five-star rookie by PrepStar and has been named an Under Armor All-American. And Tevarua Tafiti, the third outside linebacker in the class, is the highest-ranked player in Hawaii and a four-star consensus prospect.


Stanford is hoping to find the next in a long line of NFL tight ends by singing Sam Roush of Tennessee and CJ Hawkins of Tampa, Florida.

“I know in my heart it’s the best tight class in America,” Shaw said.

Shaw said Roush already has a college football-ready body, while Hawkins is a physical blocker and a big threat in the red zone.

Roush, the grandson of Professional Football Hall of Fame Merlin Olsen, is a Four Star Consensus Prospect and Unanimous Top 20 Prospect. He once played for Valley Christian School in San Jose and was the first player in the class to enlist.

Hawkins is ranked in the top 15 by ESPN despite only playing two years of high school football. He’s also hoping to play on the basketball team, which Shaw has said he would support if Hawkins gets any playing time on the court.


After some unusual issues with running the ball, Stanford is hoping to get back on track with the help of a class of four offensive linemen made up of tackles Fisher Anderson and Kenji Swanson, guard Lucas Heyer and guard / tackle Jake. Maikkula.

Anderson (6-7, 288) and Heyer (6-5, 300) are both top 300 rookies and top 50 in their respective positions.

“Standing next to them, if you close your eyes and don’t really look at their faces, it was hard to see who was on the squad and who the rookies were,” Shaw said. “We have a story here playing really well up front, and we’ve brought in guys who we think can carry the torch.”


Stanford apparently can’t get enough signal callers. He started a program record with four QBs last season due to injury and ineffectiveness, and has played five QBs in total.

His tradition of signing a QB in every class continued with the addition of Ashton Daniels, originally from Buford, Ga. Daniels was ranked 34th among pocket passer by ESPN and has been named MVP of the State Championship game three times in a row. He is the son of former Georgian catcher Juan Daniels.


The first to enter the program, quarterback Ari Patu and defensive back Jaden Slocum, joined Stanford last year and had an immediate impact. Slocum made three starts at the cornerback and Patu started at Oregon State before sustaining a season-ending injury.

This year, Stanford welcomes three other first entries to Bailey, Roush and receiver Mudia Reuben.

Here’s a look at Stanford’s recruiting class:

OT Fisher Anderson (6-7, 288) Franklin, Tennessee / Franklin HS

Top 30 by consensus in this year’s class

WR Elic Ayomanor (6-3, 210) Medicine Hat, Alberta / Deerfield Academy (Mass.)

Top 10 Consensus Recruits in Massachusetts

OLB David Bailey (6-3, 255) Irvine, CA / Mater Dei HS

Selected for the 2022 All-American Bowl

DE Pat Caughey (6-5, 245) Essex Fells, NJ / Delbarton School

Nationally ranked along the defensive line and tight end

OLB Ernest Cooper (6-5, 235) Arlington, TX / Martin HS

All-American underarmor; Ranked # 8 in Texas by ESPN

QB Ashton Daniels (6-3, 210) Buford, GA / Buford HS

Led Buford to three consecutive state titles

RB Arlen Harris (5-11, 195) Wentzille, Missouri / Saint-Charles Lutheran

Father Arlen Harris had a five-year NFL career

TE CJ Hawkins (6-7, 220) Tampa, FL / Berkeley Prep

Plans to play on the men’s basketball team as well

OG Lucas Heyer (6-5, 300) Stillwater, Minn./Hill-Murray School

Highest Ranked Rookie in Minnesota by Rivals and PrepStar

ILB Benjamin Hudson (6-2, 213) Las Vegas, Nevada / Bishop Gorman

Ranked # 10 in Nevada and # 87 in linebacker by PrepStar

OT / OG Jake Maikkula (6-6, 260) Sedalia, Colorado / Valor Christian School

Ranked # 3 in Colorado by Rivals, ESPN and PrepStar

DE Jaxson Moi (6-3, 260) Oceanside, CA / Catholic Cathedral

Ranked # 29 in California and # 33 in defensive tackle by ESPN

WR Mudia Reuben (6-3, 200) Kansas City, Missouri / Park Hill South HS

Nationally recognized in football before returning to football in July 2020

ILB Matt Rose (6-2, 205) Brecksville, Ohio / Brecksville-Broadview Heights

Ranked # 25 in the state of Ohio according to ESPN

TE Sam Roush (6-5, 240) Nashville, Tennessee / Lipscomb Academy

Trained by Super Bowl-winning QB Trent Dilfer at Lipscomb

DE Zach Rowell (6-4, 260) San Diego, CA / Torrey Pines HS

Great-uncle Skip Crist played in the 1951 Rose Bowl for Stanford

OT Kenji Swanson (6-8, 315) Pasadena, CA / Sierra Canyon School

Ranked # 30 in California and # 44 in offensive tackle by Rivals

OLB Tevarua Tafiti (6-2, 225) Waipahu, Hawaii / Punahou School

Hawaii’s first unanimous recruit

CB Joshua Thompson (6-2, 195) Upper Marlboro, Maryland / St. John’s College (DC)

Highest ranked rookie in Washington DC according to ESPN, PrepStar and On3

S Terian Williams (5-11, 174) Duluth, GA / Johns Creek HS

Has an academic record for interceptions in one season


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