Stanford's incoming 2014 freshmen are locked, loaded, and ready to check in at The Farm tomorrow. The entirety of the program's new crop is now in the Bay Area spending a final few hours with family before Saturday's report date.
Offensive lineman Reilly Gibbons, who has come all the way from Florida, toured Half Moon Bay, the Pacific Coast Highway, and San Francisco with his family Friday. He has already spent some time on campus with classmates Keller Chryst, Christian McCaffrey, and Solomon Thomas. Their interaction was apparently very smooth -- a testament to Stanford's insistence on recruiting personalities that mesh well with one another.
"We were all just hanging out and talking like a bunch of old buddies would talk," Gibbons said. "It was something really crazy. It took my dad telling me afterwards how close we seemed to really feel it, but we felt like old friends."
Defensive back Terrence Alexander will join that group Saturday. He spent time his Friday Stanford's campus with his family and saw his locker -- fitted with a name tag that includes his hometown (New Orleans) -- in the Cardinal's shining new facility. Alexander is particularly bullish about the group with which he will enter the college football world. He thinks that the incoming freshmen mindset will mesh perfectly with the grueling work sports performance director Shannon Turley has waiting for the group.
"It's going to be one of the best classes Stanford's ever had," he told The Bootleg Radio (interview embedded).
The group will delve into its conditioning work Monday, after Turley and his staff administer their standard battery of physical tests to the newcomers. At that point, the incomers will officially be part of a system that's churning along at full throttle, grinding toward a class legacy that will be evaluated about a half decade from now.
Four Players Go Elsewhere
A quartet of former Stanford players with college eligibility remaining will play the rest of their careers elsewhere. Receiver Keanu Nelson (BYU), quarterback David Olson (Clemson), defensive back Chandler Dorrell (Vanderbilt), and tight end Davis Dudchock (Vanderbilt) have all chosen their new schools. Of the four, only Dorrell -- a redshirt freshman who walked on at Stanford -- has more than one season of eligibility remaining. Nelson, Olson, and Dudchock are all fifth year seniors enrolling into graduate programs. Dorrell's father, Karl, was recently hired by new Vanderbilt coach and former Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason as the offensive coordinator in Nashville.
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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