San Antonio (Texas) O'Connor two-star outside linebacker/safety Jarek Lancaster had been a long-time Rice commitment.
But when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself this week, he had to jump on it and that now has him heading to the Pac 10.
"Jarek had a tough decision after coach Harbaugh and Stanford offered several times, and he was accepted academically into the University today," Linda Lancaster, Jarek's mother, said. "He had previously declined the offer, but Stanford remained persistent."
And Stanford's persistence paid off.
"He chose Stanford over Rice based on the Engineering program and his future as a student," Lancaster's mother said. "He will be playing strong safety, and not outside linebacker at Stanford."
As a junior, Lancaster earned all-area and all-state honors on his way to a season that had 100 tackles, three sacks and one fumble recovery.