Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West three-star weakside defensive end Tom McAndrew (6-foot-5, 235) had been giving some serious thought toward his final college decision this summer. McAndrew ended his recruiting process tonight and gave Stanford his oral commitment.
“I decided to end the recruiting process tonight, and I wanted you to know,” McAndrew said. “I called the coaches at Stanford, and I gave them my oral commitment.”
McAndrew talked about why he picked Stanford.
“I picked them for several strong reasons,” he said. “It just seemed like the perfect fit for me, and I went I made my unofficial visit I felt very comfortable with the campus, the coaches and the players. Academically, it’s a great education, and from a location standpoint it’s just something completely different and new from what I’m used to.
“I felt really lucky to have as many options as I did and early on it was a tough thing to narrow down schools. In the end Stanford just felt like the best place for me.”
McAndrew said the timing was perfect for his decision.
“today was the first day of school, and it was just a great feeling to know that my recruiting is behind me. I’m really excited about committing to Stanford – both from an academic standpoint and a football standpoint. I feel now that I will have the best of both worlds.”
McAndrew, who is ranked as the No. 15 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com, said going that far away from home won’t be a problem.
“I have family in California, so I’ll have some people that I’ll know that’ll be close to me while I’m at Stanford. My parents are also really excited for me, and they’re thrilled at my commitment.”
McAndrew chose Stanford after some serious consideration.
“Both Northwestern and UCLA gave me a lot to think about,” he said. “Stanford, Northwestern and UCLA were my final three schools. Coaches from both UCLA and Stanford were great throughout my recruitment and they gave me a lot to think about. In the end, I know that I made the best decision for myself. I hope that both Northwestern and UCLA will respect that.”