Stanford is one of the toughest schools to beat in a head to head battle and proved it again this week when the Cardinal picked up a commitment from San Bernardino (Calif.) Aquinas athlete Chike Amajoyi.
Amajoyi, 6-0, 210 pounds is one of the state's top two-way performers. He has been a dominant running back as well as linebacker since his sophomore season but will play running back for the Cardinal.
"I committed on a home visit with Stanford last night," Amajoyi said. "I had narrowed things down to Stanford and Washington awhile back but I ended up choosing Stanford because of their academics and Coach Harbaugh.
"Academically, you can't beat Stanford and that was what first got me interested. A degree from Stanford means a lot and I wanted this decision to be about not just the next four or five years of my life but the next 40 years or so.
"It was a tough call for m because I really liked coach Willingham. The whole staff at Washington is first class and I know that would have been a great option for me and that's why it was so important for me to hit it off with Coach Harbaugh.
"Academics are huge for me but I didn't want to pick Stanford just for that. After talking with Coach Harbaugh, not only do I feel comfortable that he's capable of turning the program around, but I'm comfortable with the kind of person he is.
"My family all liked him and feel he's a high character person who cares about you more than just a football player. I'm excited, Stanford is such a great program and I can't wait to get there."
Amajoyi had a big senior season and recently earned 1st team all-state honors at running back after rushing for 2,290 yards and 27 touchdowns.