While the Stanford football team will open the 2015 season with a new secondary following the loss of last year's starters, help is on the way following the commitments of two standout cornerbacks.
The best of the group may be four-star recruit David Long of Loyola High in Los Angeles. The 6-foot, 175-pounder ranks No. 1 in the state and the west by ScoutFootball.com.
"It feels great," Long told Dave Fowkes of Stanford Insider, about becoming a member of the Cardinal's new class.
Long reportedly had offers from every Pac-12 school and many others, but he said Stanford was always near the top of his list.
"It has always been a dream school of mine so when I got the opportunity it was a no-brainer," Long said of committing to the Cardinal "I was going back and forth between them and Washington. It always came back to where would I want to be if football didn't work out? Every time I thought about that I came back to Stanford. I just followed my gut and I think I'll be fine."
Long made his commitment the first week of August. He called Stanford head coach David Shaw and the two talked about the opportunities ahead. While he has been recruited as a cornerback, the star athlete may have some options -- including being a receiver.
Stanford further strengthened its defensive backfield by getting a commitment last Friday from four-star cornerback Treyjohn Butler of Etiwanda High in Southern California.
The 5-11, 185-pound Butler had narrowed his choices to Arizona State, California and Northwestern but Stanford moved to the top of his list reportedly the minute the Cardinal offered last February. He attended the Cardinal Junior Day in April and raved about his time in Palo Alto.
"The coaching staff and the overall atmosphere at Stanford was incredible," Butler told the recruiting site. "It's hard to explain but it's just different at Stanford. There's a certain togetherness there that is really special and everyone is on the same page with the same goals."
Stanford, meanwhile, also shored up its offensive line next season following Sunday's commitment by Henry Hattis, New Mexico's top prospect.
The 6-6, 270-pound Hattis is from V. Sue Cleveland High in Rio Rancho had offers from Vanderbilt, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Iowa State, Missouri, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Washington State and San Diego State, along with Stanford.
Hattis reportedly will be able to play at more than 300 pounds at both tackle and guard spots and looks to have a huge upside, according to scouts.