Though Stanford lost in new coach Jim Harbaugh's debut on the farm, the Cardinal did win on the recruiting trail and they picked their first commit for the class of 2009.
The player in question is linebacker Shayne Skov (6-2, 220, 4.64) who plays and attends school at Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity Pawling Prep, but is originally from the Bay Area of Northern California.
"Shayne went on his second unofficial visit to Stanford yesterday at the UCLA game," Peter Skov, Shayne's dad said. "At the end of which he sat in Harbaugh's office and gave a firm verbal commitment to attend Stanford pending admission.
"We are very proud and pleased he came to his decision so quickly and confidently," the elder Skov said. "He is Stanford's first 2009 verbal commit that I know of.
Skov came to the attention of Stanford when he was proactive with his recruitment and sent his in his highlight tape of his sophomore year.
The versatile and athletic Skov actually played defensive back as a 6-1, 190-pounder. Since then Skov has had a growing spurt and now stands 6-2 and weighs in at 220, thus the change to linebacker.
From his cornerback spot, Skov racked up 35 tackles. As a wide receiver, he accounted for 27 receptions for 400 yards and three touchdowns.
Stanford was very aggressive in their pursuit of Skov and the moment they could make their offer official on September 1st, they did.
Other schools that Skov was interested in were Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Duke, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Notre Dame.
Stanford was ahead of the recruiting curve on this one and were able to get Skov's nod before the other schools were able to do their due diligence.