Stanford Football Recruiting: Cardinal Off to a Good Start On National Signing Day

Stanford Is Shooting Up the Pac-12 Rankings On NSD

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Dec 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal coach David Shaw at press conference for the 100th Rose Bowl at LA Hotel Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsIt is early here on the West Coast, but that doesn't mean that letters of intent aren't getting signed and faxed. So far, the star of signing day is once again David Shaw who has closed on more last-minute talent for his Stanford Cardinal.

In recent weeks the Cardinal picked up commitments from the No. 1 tight end in the nation Dalton Schultz, one of the top OT recruits in the country Casey Tucker and today Shaw capped it off by snagging one of the top defensive end prospects Solomon Thomas and a potential stud at cornerback, Terrence Alexander.

Thomas was the real coup today. He is from Coppell, Tex. but had narrowed his list to Stanford, UCLA and Arkansas in recent weeks. Thomas is a big guy at 6-foot-3, 263 lbs. and could contribute immediately to the Stanford defense.

Thomas was one of a few last-minute whiffs for Jim Mora Jr. and UCLA, despite a strong overall class. The Bruins were unable to close on Thomas, the No. 2 outside linebacker in the country Rashaan Evans (who signed with Alabama over Auburn and UCLA) and five-star wide receiver Malachi Dupre who will attend LSU over UCLA. Yesterday, top safety recruit Budda Baker announced he would attend Washington over UCLA, too.

Rivals currently ranks Stanford's class No. 13 in the nation, which is the highest in the Pac-12. UCLA is No. 16, Arizona State is No. 18 and USC is No. 24. 

In other Pac-12 news, USC signed massive offensive lineman Damien Mama.

At Stanford, the Cardinal's lone question remaining is whether Uriah Leiataua will sign with the Cardinal or BYU
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