The Stanford football team came away from the state of Washington with two victories last weekend. In addition to defeating the Huskies on the field, 20-13, the Cardinal beat Washington in a recruiting battle for in-state product Mustafa Branch.
The 6-foot, 211-pound Branch is a hard-hitting outside linebacker from Bellevue High in Washington. After having a standout game on Friday, he watched Stanford beat Washington on Saturday. On Sunday night, he received a call from Stanford linebackers coach Peter Hansen, who had watched Branch play. After receiving Stanford's offer, Branch quickly gave his verbal commitment.
"To me, it was a no-brainer," Branch told The Bootleg. "It's a good school with good football. It was maybe an hour before I committed."
Branch visited Stanford unofficially in the offseason and met with Cardinal head coach David Shaw. Stanford reportedly has been interested in Branch since last September.
Branch is a versatile linebacker that can play any spot. He's hoping to lead Bellevue to a seventh straight state title this fall. In the classrooom, Branch has a 3.6 GPA with two AP and honors classes and scored an 1850 on the SAT.