High school recruits are graded on a five-star system, with a five-star ranking reserved for a small number of the country’s most elite prospects, four stars given to the rest of the nation’s best players, and three-star prospects rounding out the top tier. Thus far, 22 recruits have committed to Stanford, including eight four-star recruits and twelve three-stars. Rivals.com currently has Stanford’s 2009 recruiting class ranked sixteenth in the nation, while Scout.com has them ranked ninth. Both sites have Stanford ranked third in the Pac-10 behind juggernaut USC and the UCLA Bruins, who jumped ahead after a big signing day on February 4th. Nevertheless, the promise of this year’s recruiting class is impressive. Top players who have committed so far include middle linebacker Shayne Skov (ranked third in the nation at his position), fullback Tyler Gaffney (also ranked third at his position), and tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo (ranked fourth and six, respectively).
Harbaugh has also received commitments from several top running backs, wide receivers, defensive linemen, and quarterbacks. Ultimately, the Stanford football future is very bright, and students and fans have a lot to look forward to next season.