Ahead of the rest of the team and coaching staff today, Stanford recruiting
coordinator Nate Hackett traveled to the Grand Canyon State. After landing
in Phoenix, he made a bee-line for Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro High School.
The Sabercats are home of 2006 safety/running back Tyler Porras, who the
Cardinal offered this summer. His father, Tom Porras, gave The Bootleg
a call earlier today to update us on all the latest.
"Coach Hackett is coming today to meet with his counselor, and the coaches
will watch him play tonight against Tempe McClintock," the elder Porras reports.
"We're excited to have Stanford here to watch Tyler tonight."
Saguaro is 3-3 on the season, enduring some struggles with their shotgun
spread office. The Cardinal coaches will be in the stands tonight watching
Porras at running back, where he has 500 yards on half the Sabercats' carries.
But their attention will be primarily focused on defense, where they worked
Porras at Stanford's camp this summer and subsequently offered him as a
Porras made his name in Arizona football last year on offense, running for
1,300 yards. In his senior season he is taking a bigger role on defense,
where he projects to play in college. Porras' 6'2" frame and hard-hitting
instincts make most coaches see a future free safety, but Stanford thinks his
blazing track speed and athleticism suggest a cover corner.
Stanford will get a first-hand look at the offer athlete tonight, but they
are not the only Pac-10 program coming to Saguaro to watch Porras this month.
Oregon was in to see him last week, while Washington will see Saguaro's big
battle in two weeks against rival Chaparral.
"We think very highly of Stanford, and it will be tough to beat them out.
They do everything at a high level, very professionally," Tom Porras proclaims.
"It's going to be really tough to beat that. Stanford is number one in
Backing up those words, the Saguaro student-athlete has been busy working on
his Stanford admissions application. A straight-A student, he took the SAT
last weekend aiming for a score to boost his admissions profile for the
"He's been sending in the packets like he's supposed to," Porras' father
says. "He's finished with the essays and teacher recommendations.
Now it's just the counselor recommendations."
With the Cardinal in his home state, Porras will make his way Saturday down
to Tucson to see Stanford take on Arizona. He is scheduled to visit the
team on their home turf when he takes his official visit on January 13 to The
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