Normally, the parents of Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake cornerback Ronnie Harris would prefer not to be woken up by a 3 a.m. phone call. But when it happened Wednesday, they didn't seem to mind.
Not even a little.
"Stanford called to say I got accepted [into the school]," Harris said. "My parents came into my room at 6 a.m. with a Stanford University shirt and they were smiling. We just prayed, and thanked God for everything that has been going on."
Now, a commitment to Stanford may just be a formality.
"I'm 100 percent [to the Cardinal]," Harris said. "I love the school. I'm just thinking about when I'm going to commit. It's Stanford all the way right now. It might happen today. It might happen tomorrow. I'm not sure."
Stanford has long been the front-runner for the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Harris, who carries a 3.8 GPA. He visited the school in September and was not the least bit bothered when head coach Jim Harbaugh recently left to take the same position with the San Francisco 49'ers.
Harbaugh's replacement, former Stanford offensive coordinator David Shaw, visited Harris last Thursday and the player came away impressed.
"I thought he was a very intelligent guy Xs and Os wise," Harris said. "He did a lot of behind-the-scenes work last year that nobody saw."
The school itself is another major selling point.
"At Stanford, you get the best sense of stability between athletics and academics," Harris said. "I think they're kind of just climbing from here on out. And with the academics at Stanford, they push you to take the rigorous courses that help you in life."
Until his acceptance into Stanford, Harris also was giving Air Force a long look. He made an official visit to the school last weekend.
"It went really well," Harris said. "I really enjoyed it. Everything was first class and I just got the sense the school actually wanted me. Some schools recruit you so other schools can't have you, but they actually wanted me. Their football program is on the rise."