Lane Veach's recruitment almost came to sudden close on Wednesday afternoon. When he earned an offer from Stanford at the Cardinal camp, he came dangerously close to making a verbal commitment, eliminating all other suitors and tying a neat bow on the process. He admits that much freely.
He only narrowly avoided making a pledge on the spot. Still, the end could be near. Stanford is, far and away, the leader to secure Veach's services. The 6-foot-6 defensive end will do some thinking in the next few days, and it's entirely possible that he could pull the trigger at any moment.
"I'm going to talk to my family and decide," Veach said on Wednesday evening. "I don't really have any other favorites.
"Not only is the football good but the education is one of the best in the country. We just decided that we are going to talk as a family before I decide."
Veach had been on the Cardinal's radar for some time. A pair of Stanford coaches stopped Gilbert (Ariz.) Perry High School to see him in the spring, but it was his camp performance that put him over the top in the eyes of the people whose opinions matter.
After seeing Veach play in person, head coach David Shaw wasted little time.
"We finished the camp and they called me over to the side," Veach said. "They said that it would be an honor to have me there and that they really want me as a player."
Veach has no other visits planned at this time and would not say whether or not he is leaning toward making thing official in the coming week. That said, he certainly wouldn't rule it out.
"They're kind of in a class of their own right now," Veach said. "They're definitely my top school."
Veach carries six total scholarship offers, including ones from Air Force and Arizona.