Stanford men get two top water polo players

Nation's top recruit will be joined by Sacred Heart Prep's Tim Norton

The Stanford men's water polo team is always looking to the future, and signed up some talented players this week and make sure that future is bright.

Jacob Smith of Coronado High has signed a national letter-of-intent and Tim Norton of Sacred Heart Prep has made a verbal commitment to play for Stanford. Both have been members of the USA Youth National Team.

Cardinal coach John Vargas announced Smith's signing on Monday.

"I am very excited to have signed Jacob Smith," Vargas said. "Jacob's athletic ability and academic record is incredible. He is a fundamentally sound player with dynamic offensive skills. I believe Jacob will make an immediate impact on our team."

Smith, a 6-foot-2 driver and arguably the top recruit in the country, had a sensational season in the fall. He was named San Diego Union-Tribune Player of the Year after leading Coronado High to its first CIF San Diego Section Division II title in five years.

Smith scored 83 goals, had 18 assists, 63 steals, and 20 ejections drawn.

Norton, a senior at Sacred Heart Prep, is a three-time All-Central Coast Sction and All-WCAL pick. He led the Gators to their first CCS championship since 2003 this past fall.

Norton was a member of the Youth National Team in 2006.

"Tim has had an extraordinary high school career both in and out of the classroom," said Sacred Heart Prep coach Brian Kreutzkamp, a former assistant coach at Stanford. "We wish him continued success at Stanford University."

Another Sacred Heart Prep player who'll be playing collegiately next season is Sacred Heart Prep goalie Michael Wishart. He has committed to play for Santa Clara University.

Wishart was an All-WCAL and All-CCS selection this past season while helping the Gators win the CCS Division II crown, its first since 2003.

"I am extremely proud of Michael and his accomplishments," Kreutzkamp said. "We are looking forward to watching his continued successes at Santa Clara."

--Keith Peters


Posted by wpfan, a resident of Southgate
on Feb 13, 2008 at 10:28 am

Too bad Stanford didn't choose to do press release on the entire freshman class which boast some very impressive players. Vargas definitely slighted many boys and their families. Who knows? Maybe this is just how Vargas tends to business. Good Luck To All The Guys Who Also Are All Americans and Other Colleges would love to have!

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