New recruit, new football captains

Open House on Sunday; Inside Stanford Sports on Monday

Folsom High senior wide receiver-defensive back Jordan Richards committed to Stanford on Thursday, for the 2011 season according to

One of 22 prep seniors to extend a verbal commitment for 2011, he also became the first player in next year's class to be admitted to Stanford.

"Stanford had everything I was looking for in a school and though it's still early, I knew I wouldn't find a better fit," Richards told "I really like the direction the football program is going in. and I'm excited to have my decision out of the way early."

Richards rushed for 492 yards, caught 53 passes for 883 yards and recorded 55 tackles at Folsom in his junior year.

Richards apparently chose Stanford over UCLA when he found out his admission status.

Captain, Captain

Stanford players elected senior wide receiver Ryan Whalen, senior nose tackle Sione Fua and senior fullback Owen Marecic as team captains it was learned Friday.

"It was the deepest pool of really quality candidates we have had, which makes you feel great about the leadership on this team," Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh said. "We have tri-captains this year; three terrific captains and wonderful guys. Ryan Whalen on offense, Sione Fua on defense, and Owen Marecic on both offense and defense. There is no honor greater than being elected captain of your football team by your teammates."

Open House

Fans will have an opportunity to get an inside look at the Stanford Football program on Sunday at an Open House event at Stanford Stadium beginning at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the general public.

Fans will have the opportunity to go inside the Stanford Stadium locker room, get autographs from Stanford players and listen to coach Jim Harbaugh speak. Kids 8th grade and younger will be able to participate in on-field activities.

Extra, extra

The first edition of "Inside Stanford Sports With Jim Harbaugh" will be broadcast Monday on XTRA Sports 860 from the Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, located at 640 Emerson Street in Palo Alto, beginning at 8 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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