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Stanford's recruiting class follows old pattern

STANFORD — David Shaw's latest recruiting class is short on numbers and marquee names. If the past has shown anything, though, that might not matter much.

Looking for the right combination of brawn and brains, Stanford signed 12 players to national letters of intent Wednesday. That's a considerably smaller — and less heralded — group than a year ago, when the Cardinal coach hauled in 22 players in what the program called the best class in its history.

The type of players signed, Shaw said, remains constant.

"You're going to see toughness. You're going to see guys play with the attitude that we have here," said Shaw, sitting at a table flanked by the Pac-12 and Rose Bowl championship trophies. "You're going to see guys that are bright and intelligent. First and foremost before we ever start this process, you're going to see guys that fit us."

That has been Stanford's strategy during its recent renaissance.


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