Posted by Bryan Fischer
Stanford recruiting paralleled the program's rise under former head coach Jim Harbaugh but it appears to be reaching new heights with David Shaw's first full recruiting class. The Cardinal picked up their third commitment for the class of 2012 Friday afternoon from big time The Villages (Fla.) linebacker Noor Davis.
"I just knew for the past few days that Stanford was the right place for me," Davis told Rivals. "All of the schools that recruited me were great options, but Stanford had what I was looking for on and off the field. It is just a great opportunity to grow as a person."
The 6-foot-4, 225 pound Davis selected the school over his other finalists Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame and USC. The biggest draw for Stanford was the coaching staff, whom he developed a close relationship with during the recruiting process.
"I developed a great rapport with my coaching staff," Davis said. "Coach Shaw, Coach (Derek) Mason, Coach (Jason) Tarver, Coach (Lance) Anderson, and numerous other coaches. I just feel there is no better place where I can further my education than a world class university like Stanford. They are also fourth in the nation in football."
Davis, who carries a 4.3 GPA in high school, was sold on competing at a high level on and off the field in Palo Alto. Comfortable with the staff and his choice, he decided to move up his commitment announcement to this week instead of at the Under Armour All-American Game in January.
"It is a combination of many factors," Davis said. "I have a strong desire to return my life back to normalcy. I want to protect my senior year in high school, both academically and athletically."
The talented outside linebacker had 97 tackles and eight sacks last season as a junior. All three of Stanford's early commitments are on the defensive side of the ball and each is among the top players at their position.