Pittsburgh (Pa.) North Allegheny defensive end Tom Keiser is headed west. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder concluded his recruitment by committing to Stanford.
"I actually verbally committed to the coaches back in June," he said. "I went out there for camp and for me it just seemed like the best combination of athletics and top academics in the country. The opportunity to play in the Pac-10 against USC and UCLA is great and Stanford just seems like a good fit for me. Academics played a big part in my decision."
Keiser was particularly impressed with the Cardinal coaching staff.
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"I was able to meet all the coaches and Walt Harris offered me after camp," he said. "From my experience, it seems like the staff is committed to turning the program back to where they were in the top 25 a few years ago. I want to be apart of that.
"I like coach Harris a lot. He really knows his stuff and being here watching Pittsburgh football, he took them to I believe four straight bowl games. I also like coach Tipton. He seems like he's doing a really good job on their defense."
What position Keiser plays at Stanford is still up in the air.
"Originally it was thought I'd play defensive line, but this year they saw me play tight end," he said. "I think they see that I have good speed and potential. I think I'll get a better idea once I go up there on my official visit on December 9th.
"Personally I'd prefer to play tight end. I'd like to get a shot there, but I'll do whatever I can to help the team."
This season Keiser helped his team to a 9-3 record.
"We went 9-3 despite losing our starting quarterback," he said. "I had a good year playing both ways for the first time. I ended up with 200 yards receiving and five touchdowns on offense. I also had six sacks on defense."