Stanford football sure knows what they are doing when it comes to recruiting for their 2016 class, flipping yet another player this week to commit to Stanford. Stanford’s 2016 recruiting class is ranked No.12 overall by Rivals and they have landed 19 commits so far, which seems promising for the Cardinal after losing 12 starters.
Key players that will not be returning for the 2016 season are quarterback Kevin Hogan, left guard Joshua Garnett, left tackle and first-team all-conference selection Kyle Murphy, center Graham Shuler and tight end Austin Hooper who will be entering the NFL draft.
Newcomer and tight end Scooter Harrington announced on Twitter that he will not be attending Boston College and that he is committing to Stanford. This comes as a bit of a shocker for Boston because Harrington was rated as one of Boston’s top recruits along with a key piece for their 2016 squad.
Harrington is from Greenwich, Connecticut and is rated a three-star recruit by 247sports, the No.1 recruit out of Connecticut and was just mentioned an Under Armour All-American. Harrington was also considered a legacy at Boston with both his parents attending the university and his father being captain for the Eagles in ’84 and ’85.
This is great news for the Cardinal however since they are losing two of their tight ends with Hooper entering the draft and Eric Cotton moving to the defensive line.
Harrington will have some big shoes to fill with Hooper leaving. Hooper is a third-year sophomore who has decided to enter the 2016 draft. He is considered one of the top tight end prospects in the country and is particularly well known for having much success on the third down and in the red zone.
In Hooper’s three years at Stanford playing for two seasons and red shirting for one he has accumulated 74 passes for 937 yards and 8 touchdowns. He was the go to man for pass-catching and his strength was shown in his ability to block.
The good news for Harrington is that because of his size measuring at 6-foot-5 and weighing 238-pounds he will be able to focus most of his time with the playbook rather than having to worry about bulking up.
Harrington prides himself on being a versatile tight end being able to catch the ball and also able to hold his own on the line.
“I’m different from other tight ends because I can go down the field and catch balls,” he told USA Today High School Sports before the Under Armour game, “but I pride myself on being a blocker.”
Complimenting Harrington’s versatility is his athleticism. In high school he was a two-time athlete playing football and lacrosse and is all around a great athlete and competitor.
Harrington is not the only tight end though that Stanford recruited. They also recruited Kaden Smith from Flower Mound, Texas who was rated a four-star recruit by 247sports and ranked No.2 in the nation. Smith will also be a strong asset to the Cardinal offense bringing his speed, strength and most importantly his ability to pick up crucial third down conversions.
This next week is set up to be a busy one for all the universities as the players get ready to sign their official letter of intent on Feb.3 and a lot can happen in the coming days with players committing to different schools. Stay tuned to see who else Stanford has in mind of picking up for their 2016 recruiting class.