Stanford football receives verbal commitment from top safety


Plant High (Tampa, Fla.) senior strong safety Drew Madhu competed at Stanford's recent football prospect camp and impressed enough to receive an offer. It didn't take him long to give the Cardinal coaching staff his verbal commitment on Friday for the class of 2012.

"I went into the camp hoping I'd earn an offer and that's what happened," Madhu told ESPN's Corey Long. "Stanford has been one of my favorite schools from the beginning of my recruitment process."

Madhu (6-1, 190) averaged 9.3 tackles, had 14 passes defended and one interception last season as a junior for the Panthers, who reached the Class 5A state final.

Madhu, who became the ninth prep athlete to verball commit to the Cardinal, picked Stanford over six other offers, including Harvard.

The Panthers finished 12-3 last fall and were ranked eighth in the final state poll. Madhu ranked 10th in the state by MaxPreps with 121 tackles. He's also had some experience as a kickoff return man.

He helped Plant High to a No. 3 state ranking as a sophomore, averaging 5.3 tackles in six games. The Panthers lost their first game of the season and then won 13 straight to capture the state title.

Madhu also wrestles.

Rick Eymer


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Posted by FLORIDA
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Jun 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Stanford just picked up a big time football player. This kid can flat out play the game. Madhu is hard as nails and is a tackeling machine. Madhu is also a great kid off the field. I been watching this kid play since the 8th grade and Stanford just picked up a special player! Good luck kid!

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Posted by random
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jun 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm

madhu does not wrestle, his brother alex does.

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