Stanford football lands another solid group of recruits


It was National Signing Day for high school football seniors on Wednesday and Stanford signed 22 student-athletes, many of them among the best in the nation.

Six of Stanford's signees were All-America selections as seniors, including two Parade All-America wide receivers. Nine members are four- or five-star rated, including unanimous selections Frank Buncom IV (four) at cornerback and Trenton Irwin (five) at wide receiver.

Buncom is among 10 defensive players to choose Stanford. Four can play linebacker and four are defensive backs. The other two are defensive linemen.

The defensive backfield is loaded with four-star talent in Buncom, Ben Edwards (S), Quenton Meeks (CB) and Justin Reid (S). The linebackers include Mustafa Branch, a unanimous top-40 inside linebacker, consensus top-50 inside linebacker and 2015 Semper Fidelis All-America Bowl participant Jordan Fox, Casey Toohill, the 28th-rated outside linebacker by PrepStar, and Gabe Reid, who was a consensus top-50 defensive end and will play outside linebacker at Stanford.

On the defensive front, Wesley Annan is a 290-pounder who is the nation's 22nd-rated defensive tackle by PrepStar and 31st-rated tackle by Rivals. He is joined by Dylan Jackson, who is rated as the No. 31 strong-side defensive end by Rivals and 46th by 247Sports.

On the offensive side of the ball, the class is highlighted by Irwin, but has impressive depth with four linemen, two fullbacks, three wide receivers and two running backs.

Irwin is a consensus top-90 national recruit who is rated as the sixth-best wide receiver by Rivals and earned All-America first team honors from Parade, MaxPreps and Scout. He played in the 2015 U.S. Army All-America Bowl and is joined by fellow Parade All-American JJ Arcega-Whiteside , who is rated 45th at his position by PrepStar and 62nd by Rivals. The two are joined by Jay Tyler, a 5-8 receiver and kick returner out of Gretna, La., who was a top-100 rated national athlete by ESPN.

On the offensive line, four-star center Brian Chaffin is joined by 6-8 tackle Jack Dreyer, Austin Maihen and Nick Wilson. Chaffin is a unanimous top-10 center who is ranked as his as third by PrepStar and played in the Under Armour All-America Game. Wilson is a highly regarded four-star guard who Rivals has as the ninth-best guard in the nation while earning a spot in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-America Bowl. Dreyer hails from nearby Serra High in San Mateo and is a unanimous top-90 tackle that Rivals as rated as the 34th-best player at that position. Maihen is the 56th-best tackle by PrepStar and checks in at 72nd by Rivals.

Stanford is widely recognized for its outstanding fullbacks and Houston Heimuli and Reagan Williams hope to continue that notoriety. Heimuli is the nation's second-best fullback as judged by Scout, ESPN and PrepStar while checking in at fourth with Rivals and ninth with 247Sports. Williams is the second-rated fullback from Rivals and third at the position by Scout and 247Sports.

In the backfield, Stanford landed a pair of four-star recruits in Cameron Scarlett and Bryce Love, who are rated fifth and sixth, respectively, by Rivals. Additionally, Love is ranked 11th by 247Sports, 18th by ESPN and 21st by PrepStar. Scarlett is ranked 18th by PrepStar and is also the top-ranked recruit from Oregon according to Scout, Rivals, 247Sports and PrepStar.

Jake Bailey rounds out the recruiting class as the lone special teams player. Both a place kicker and a punter, Bailey is ranked fourth nationally by ESPN as a place kicker while 247Sports ranks him sixth.

The 22 newest Cardinal hail from 13 states: California (7), Florida, Georgia, Louisiana (2), New Jersey, North Carolina (2), Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah (2) and Washington, and Canada.

2015 Stanford Cardinal Football Signing Class

Name Position Height Weight Hometown High School

Wesley Annan DT 6-4 290 Whitby, Ontario, Canada Lake Forest (Ill.)

JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR 6-3 210 Inman, S.C. Dorman

Jake Bailey K/P 6-2 185 Solana Beach, Calif. Santa Fe Christian

Mustafa Branch ILB 5-11 220 Bellevue, Wash. Bellevue

Frank Buncom IV CB 6-2 188 San Diego, Calif. Saint Augustine

Brian Chaffin C 6-2 285 Harrisburg, N.C. Charlotte Christian

Jack Dreyer OT 6-8 296 San Mateo, Calif. Junipero Serra

Ben Edwards S 6-0 200 Jacksonville, Fla. Trinity Christian

Jordan Fox OLB 6-2 218 Plainfield, N.J. Saint Peter's

Houston Heimuli FB 5-11 230 Woods Cross, Utah Bountiful

Trenton Irwin WR 6-2 185 Valencia, Calif. Hart

Dylan Jackson DE 6-6 250 Maryville, Tenn. Maryville

Bryce Love RB 5-10 180 Wake Forest, N.C. Wake Forest

Austin Maihen OG 6-5 285 Dove Canyon, Calf. Santa Margarita Catholic

Quenton Meeks CB 6-2 190 San Diego, Calif. Del Norte

Gabe Reid OLB 6-2 235 American Fork, Utah Timpview

Justin Reid S 6-1 196 Prairieville, La. Dutchtown

Cameron Scarlett RB 6-1 215 Portland, Ore. Central Catholic

Casey Toohill OLB 6-4 235 San Diego, Calif. Cathedral Catholic

Jay Tyler WR 5-8 165 Gretna, La. Isidore Newman

Reagan Williams FB 6-3 235 Jackson, Ohio Jackson

Nick Wilson OG 6-3 286 Milton, Ga. Milton

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Posted by Jim Shanor
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on Feb 5, 2015 at 5:17 am

Great to see the Cards refueling with high class talent. Following from East Africa. Regards to all.

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