Freshmen On Their Way
A big moment is fast approaching in the lives of several young student athletes: Stanford football's incoming crop of freshmen arrives on campus this coming weekend. Defensive lineman Harrison Phillips is one of the many reinforcements set to join the program on Sunday.
Phillips is fresh off being named the 2013-14 Nebraska boys high school athlete of the year, a particularly remarkable accomplishment given the fact that six years ago, many doctors told him he'd never play football again due to a serious lower back injury.
On Wednesday, Phillips will close his Omaha chapter and begin his Stanford journey by flying to the Bay Area. Over the past eight weeks, he's already been executing Shannon Turley's pre-arrival workout program. Turley and the rest of the Cardinal's sports performance staff will administer a battery of physical tests to Phillips and his fellow new arrivals.
With that, Stanford's highly regarded 2014 recruiting class will officially be part of the program. Phillips says the group has lofty aspirations for its time on The Farm. He isn't shy about discussing his desire to win a national title in a Stanford uniform. Listen to his latest Bootleg Radio interview below.
San Diego prospect Jake Bailey, rated the number no. 4 kicker in the country by Kohl's Kicking, has committed to Stanford. He pledged on the spot when special teams coach Pete Alamar called and offered him a full ride scholarship Tuesday. The Cardinal should now have a valuable piece ready to replace Jordan Williamson (who's entering his final season of eligibility) and Conrad Ukropina moving forward. Be sure to check back for Bailey's interview with The Bootleg Radio on Wednesday.
Center Brian Chaffin, who committed to Stanford on Monday, will join The Bootleg Radio on Thursday.
Running back Remound Wright is again listed on Stanford's official online roster. His name had been omitted since the second session of spring practice because of a disciplinary issue.
The Cardinal's incoming crop of freshmen is also now part of the roster. They've been assigned jersey numbers, too. Quarterback Keller Chryst will wear the no. 10 jersey. The rest of the assignments can be seen here.
David Lombardi is the Stanford Insider for The Bootleg. Check him out at www.davidlombardisports.com and follow him on Twitter @DavidMLombardi.
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