Stanford also beats Washington in the recruiting game


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.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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