Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - February 3, 2012

Sports Shorts

A TOP CLASS . . . Success on the field has paid off on the recruiting trail for the Stanford football team, which attracted one of its finest classes on Wednesday's national of letter of intent day. Among the 22 high school seniors signed by the Cardinal included 13 All-Americans. Arguably the best is five-star offensive tackle Andrus Peat, ranked at the No. 1 recruit in the nation by Sporting News. Joining the 6-7, 305-pound Peat was 6-7, 278-pound offensive tackle Kyle Murphy. Peat picked Stanford over Nebraska while Murphy shunned USC in favor of the Cardinal. Stanford also added five-star offensive guard Josh Garnett (6-5, 305), listed as high as No. 2 nationally; offensive guard Brandon Fanaika (6-3, 300); and center Graham Shuler (6-4, 277), the fourth-best center in the nation. This is an offensive line for the future, with Peat and Murphy good enough to contribute right away and help fill the void left by NFL-bound All-Americans David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin. Stanford also picked up athletes to run behind that line, most notably Barry J. Sanders, the son of NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders. "We are excited to welcome one of the best recruiting classes in school history," Stanford coach David Shaw said. Stanford's class was rated a school high 10th best in the nation by Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network in addition to ranking No. 5 by Rivals.com and No. 6 by Scout.com.

BOYETT SERVICES . . . Memorial services have been planned for Foothill College football coach and Palo Alto native Doug Boyett, who passed away in his sleep last Friday night at age 52. A public viewing will be held Friday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Roller, Hapgood & Tinney, 980 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. A public memorial will be Saturday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. at the Foothill College Gymnasium, 12345 El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills. Parking Lot 2-A provides best access to the gym. Boyett, a 1977 graduate of Palo Alto High, was a former Foothill College student, athlete, instructor, and coach. He became a full-time faculty member in 1990 and assumed responsibility as head coach of the football team in 2007. "He cared deeply for his students and took great pride in their academic accomplishments, which were numerous under his guidance," said Foothill president Judy C. Miner in a release to the faculty on Saturday. "He will be greatly missed by his Foothill family."

COACHING CORNER . . . Palo Alto Knights Youth Football is seeking head and assistant coaches for the 2012 football season. Experienced in youth coaching and football knowledge is preferred. Contact: Mike Piha at mike@in2change.com

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