No 2007 recruit took in more spring practices last month than Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) Lake City High School standout Carson York. The 6'4.5" offensive tackle flew into town with his parents and, with fortuitous scheduling, took in the Cardinal's first three days of spring ball. Already the owner of a Stanford offer, York was looking to learn about the lone school among his six offers outside the Pacific Northwest.
"I wanted to answer my curiosity," he says. "I wanted to see what's going on on campus. Check out the area and see what the surroundings are like. And assess the program - the team, the coaches and the players - to gauge the atmosphere around all that."
Running down his checklist, here is what York found on The Farm:
Campus: "I thought I had seen some nice campuses, but Stanford was by far the most amazing and beautiful campus I have ever seen. I don't think anything will be able to top it. It's California, so you knew about the weather. It rained pretty good the first day, but I actually got sunburn the second day. The buildings are so nice. Everything on campus is so well kept. And there are no giant dorms or buildings. On a giant campus, it gives you the feeling that it's smaller."
Area: "Saturday night we had dinner in downtown Palo Alto. Palo Alto downtown is just like my hometown. I know of like the fact that San Francisco is not too far, but Menlo Park/Palo Alto doesn't have that downtown city feeling."
Team: "It was pretty obvious how Coach [Walt] Harris runs his practices. It's a pretty high intensity level. I like how Coach [Doug] Sams works with the tackles. I went to meetings, and I was pretty impressed with how thorough they are in meetings."
Stanford clearly made a big splash with York, but they have not been the only suitor on his mind in recent weeks. He additionally took an unofficial trip to see Oregon and Oregon State during their spring practices. The tackle has also been targeted by more schools, with new offers coming from Arizona State and Northwestern.
"I get the feeling that Colorado is close to offering," he adds. "Coach [Chris] Strausser came by my school this week and liked my highlight tape. He took a game tape with him and said he will watch it when he gets home this weekend. Then he'll text me."
The offers he is amassing, the unofficial visits that he has taken and the research he has been conducting all point toward a decision sooner rather than later for York. While he would prefer to make his college commitment before the start of his senior season, the Idaho native has to take a step back each time a new school throws their hat into the ring.
"I think I have a pretty good gauge of what's going on," York says. "The problem is with each new offer or visit, it gets complicated again."
"I have no idea right now. I did a while back, but then it all changed," he adds.
At this point, York says that he can envision two different scenarios for closing out his recruitment. Which path he takes depends upon how soon he can winnow his list of schools.
"If I can narrow to two this summer, then I will take quick unofficial visits to both and make my decision," the recruit reveals. "If I can only narrow to three schools by the fall, then I will take official visits to two or three schools. Either way, it will be early in the fall or sometime this summer."
"I need to get to a place where I can say that there is no other place I would rather be," York describes. "I need to be sure that this is the place for me."
While the cerebral offensive line recruit is not naming any favorite(s) today, he does give high marks to the Cardinal after his April visit to the campus.
"I think just the fact that Stanford is Stanford, with arguably the best education in the world, sets them apart," York allows. "Stanford provides me the education, and I still have the chance to play the highest level of competition. I think Stanford will always be in my top group."
York solidified his place in Stanford's top group of recruits in this 2007 class by receiving his April SAT score. He notched a balanced 1830, with a 600 math, 610 reading and 620 writing.
"Coach [Nate] Nelson was pleased and sent me an application, so that's something I'll get working on," York states.
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