K.J. Costello talked to Stanford coach David Shaw late Sunday night and the 2016 four-star quarterback landed an offer he'd coveted for a while.
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"I got in contact with coach (David Shaw) earlier in the week and he told me he wanted me to give him a call late Sunday night after practice," Costello said. "I gave him a call last night and he made things official.
"It's definitely huge. Stanford was the first school to talk to me freshman year. I've been up there four times. I know basically everything I need to know about them and where they're going in the future. The education is awesome. It blows mostly every school away. It's definitely a big one for me."
Costello, a 6-foot-4, 218-pound prospect from Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita Catholic, said he has developed a good relationship with Shaw already. He's familiar with the coaches, the campus, the program and the academics and Stanford has to be considered one of the frontrunners.
"I really like him a lot," Costello said. "He said they move really slowly in the process. They want to make sure they get everything right.
"The way he does it he only wants to offer one guy. He said he did all his research on every 2016 quarterback out there and he wants me to be the guy. Right now there's no sort of competition. That's the way they do it and I respect it a bunch."
Costello, rated as the third-best pro-style in the 2016 class by Rivals.com, has been on a tear recently. Stanford along with Alabama, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Virginia have offered so far.
"For the most part, there are about five or six schools that I'm really interested in," Costello said. "Some depth charts are shaky. Some there are big windows and opportunities to play. As I look at that along with a couple other things I want to find out and from there we'll see how things go."
A decision timetable is still undecided. So much is going on with his junior season coming up so Costello might wait but a commitment soon is not out of the question.
"Right now I'm trying to focus on the season," Costello said. "We have so much to do. I've been talking to coaches once or twice a week with the schools I'm interested in and there's no doubt it's picking up.
"I don't know quite yet. I have to figure it out pretty soon if I wanted to do it before the season. Right now I'm just waiting until that feeling comes, probably go to a couple games and go from there."
Adam Gorney is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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