He was also familiar with the program’s emphasis on the tight end position… sort of.
“I knew they threw to their tight ends but when I was there [at a practice] they threw to their tight ends either more or the same as their receivers,” Evan Baylis said. “That’s a lot [laughing].”
Stanford’s emphasis on tight ends highlighted what Baylis considered a successful trip. Baylis and his father visited The Farm April 1-2, a Friday and Saturday.
“The campus is really nice, it’s shocking,” Baylis said. “It’s a really nice part of California, a great place, and the coaches are great and they’re really easy to get along with. They know what they’re doing and the offense is great for tight ends and all the players are really cool.
“I went around the campus, looked at all the academics, sat in on one of the class periods, had a meeting with Coach Shaw, and had another meeting with Lance Anderson. We talked about grades and acceptance and everything. I toured more of the campus, had some breakfast, there was other kids, there were meetings and we watched practice on Saturday, which was pretty cool."
While on the visit, Baylis spent some time with fellow Coloradoan Joe Hemschoot, a freshman Stanford linebacker.
“I hung out with one of the kids from Lakewood High School [Hemschoot] when I was there,” Baylis said. “I also played football with [2011 Stanford offensive line commit] Brendon Austin’s little brother, who’s in my grade, so I know the family pretty well actually.”
Baylis might not be a familiar name to some Stanford fans, but he’s surely known to coaches across the nation. Scout gave him four stars in their latest recruiting rankings, and Baylis’ offers now extend into the double digits, the latest coming form UCLA. He also has interest from schools including Vanderbilt and Oregon.
For now, Baylis denies a leader. But that could change soon.
“Everything is still pretty even,” Baylis said. “I definitely want to make a decision by early summer. I’m just kind narrowing things down. I just got back from the trip, I have some stuff to think about, but I definitely want to get it done early summer.
“I definitely want to have a place that’s good academically and will set me up after football. I want to be able to get along well with the coaches and everything. The offense, I really want to see if they utilize their tight ends, and if I took football out of the equation, make sure I’d still be happy at that school and campus.”
Academically, while Baylis is still undecided on a college major, he appears to have strong credentials to gain admittance to Stanford. Bayis reports a 3.8 weighed GPA [3.3 unweighted], and said that Stanford coach Lance Anderson expressed confidence about Baylis’ admissions prospects.
“He said he’s pretty sure I could get in,” Baylis said.” I’m good with the GPA because I’ve taken AP courses and honors courses throughout high school. That really helps me out and sets me up. All I really need to do is get a 24 on the ACT.”
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