Commitment #20: S Devon Carrington
In a 2010 recruiting cycle in which accumulating safety depth was a high priority for Stanford football, the Cardinal appears to have exceeded expectations.
Almost four months after elite Utah safety Chris Badger committed to be a part of Stanford's 2010 recruiting class, Chandler HS (Hamilton, AZ) star Devon Carrington became the second Scout 300 safety to make a verbal commitment to the Cardinal when he made a college decision late Sunday afternoon.
"I'm fully committed to Stanford," Carrington said. "I got off the phone with (head coach Jim) Harbaugh a few hours ago. He was very excited and glad I finally decided to be fully on board."
"Not only are academics a big thing for me because of life after football, but also I felt when I was on my visit there that their football program is heading in the right direction," Carrington said. "I feel that their coaching staff can make the best player possible, to make me ready to go on and play at that level."
Carrington's commitment to Stanford didn't come as a major shock to those close to the program. The six-foot, 185-pounder had considered Stanford among his favorites for months.
"You can't really beat Stanford academically," Carrington told The Bootleg in a May 16 interview. "Also, I like what Coach Harbaugh is doing with the program at Stanford. He had a really good recruiting class last year, and I think he has them on the rise coming up here in the future."
In that same article, Carrington said that he planned to make a commitment early in his senior season. But, because Stanford's 2010 recruiting class is nearing capacity, Carrington said he felt compelled to pull the trigger sooner that he originally anticipated.
"I noticed that Stanford is starting to bring in a lot of commits and I didn't want to miss my window of opportunity and be left out or anything," Carrington said. "The reason why I kind of left it on the low is because I wanted to take some more visits and visit some more schools but with Stanford starting to fill up I can't continue to wait and then miss my opportunity on a school like that."
One of the reasons Carrington felt comfortable making an early decision was that he was able to take a trip up to the university in late May. The four-star safety spent a day on campus with his mother touring the facilities and getting a feel for what it would be like to attend Stanford University.
"I enjoyed the campus a lot," Carrington said. "It was just a great place. I kind of had that feeling all along I was going to Stanford and that visit kind of sealed the deal."
That visit also allowed Carrington an opportunity to get better acquainted with the Stanford coaching staff.
"They're very great guys," Carrington said. "They're really fired up about their jobs and they're trying to create this competitive atmosphere, which I like. They're very into it and they've always been great to me. When I was on my visit with my mom they showed me a good time and they had a lot going on over there."
Rated as the 19th-best safety prospect in the nation by Scout.com, Carrington said that the Stanford coaching staff appreciated his versatility at the safety position.
"The coaches like not only my ability to hit, which I think my film shows, but also my ability to cover," Carrington said.
The nation-leading 21st 2010 commit in another standout recruiting year for the Cardinal, Carrington thinks his future team is well on its way to becoming a perennial contender in the Pac-10.
"It's headed in the right direction," Carrington said. "With the recruiting class last year and the one this year, Stanford's heading in the direction of maybe becoming Pac 10 champions and contenders for a national title. I'm very excited for what Stanford will have to offer the next couple of years."
But before Carrington steps on the field, he knows full well he will have to pass through the Stanford admissions process.
"My biggest goal (for the rest of my summer) is to try to get admitted to Stanford," Carrington, who has already started working on the application, said. "That's the biggest thing for most kids - trying to get admitted."
While Carrington says he feels "pretty strong about going to Stanford next year," he admits that he is still interested in taking a few official visits with the blessing of the Stanford coaching staff.
"I'm going to try to take a couple of official visits to Notre Dame, Cal, and maybe University of Arizona if the school allows me to do that," Carrington said.
A future business or pharmaceuticals-related major, Carrington carries a 3.8 GPA and is awaiting the results of his June ACT.
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