Stanford has not hesitated to recruit nationally and the Cardinal seem to be making a serious investment in the 2012 recruiting class at Olney (Md.) Good Counsel because they have already verbally offered offensive tackle Mike Madaras and defensive end Ryan Watson.
"I have an offer and I talk to them sometimes but that's about it so far," Madaras said of Stanford. "They're a really good team. I was disappointed they lost to Oregon. I like them a lot as a school."
A 6-foot-6, 270-pound prospect, Madaras said NC State and Purdue are the two latest schools to offer and he already had Stanford, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and West Virginia on his list.
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Although it's mainly Mid-Atlantic schools involved in his recruitment at this point, Madaras said some Pac-10 programs - mainly Cal and Oregon - have also reached out recently to gauge interest.
One of the most important things to Madaras when evaluating schools will be academics so that will be a strong consideration throughout his decision-making process.
"Academics are basically the main thing I'm looking for when I'm looking at schools," Madaras said. "It's about what my degree is really going to mean when I get it."
It's still so early in his recruitment but Madaras said he's open to traveling across the country for college.
Stanford, Cal and other Pac-10 teams have had success with certain prospects in recent years from the East Coast and Madaras said he'd strongly consider the idea if it was the right situation.
"It's a big deal to my mom but it's not such a big deal to me," he said. "It just depends on the situation."
Watson, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end, already lists verbal offers from Stanford, Georgia Tech, Marshall, Maryland, Purdue and West Virginia.