October 19, 2007

Two-star OL talks Stanford commitment

Southlake (Texas) Carroll offensive guard Sam Schwartzstein has decided where he will play his college ball and it already feels like family. While visiting Stanford University a month ago, Schwartzstein was easily sold on the program and announced his commitment before he left town.

"I got admitted into [Stanford] and then I took my official up there and I saw it was the perfect fit for me," Schwartzstein said.

Stanford was an easy sell to Schwartzstein whose official visit during the weekend of the Oregon game couldn't have gone better.

"It was a good time," he said. "My mom and dad came with me. We saw the campus, saw the city. We got to go to the game. They showed me the school, showed me the facilities."

Schwartzstein comes from a winning tradition at Southlake Carroll, but he could see the writing on the wall at Stanford that the program was going in the right direction, even before the USC upset.

"It was just an amazing feeling," Schwartzstein said of the upset. "I had already committed before then but all the guys on the team are such a good group no one deserved it more than those guys."

The architect of Stanford's quick turnaround, Jim Harbaugh has made an impression on Schwartzstein as well.

"He's a great guy with a lot of passion for the game," he said. "He's just a competitor. It's a building program and it looks like he's taking the right steps."

Schwartzstein's recruiting coach, Clayton White was also integral in his decision.

"Coach White is so nice to my mom and dad," he said. "He's just an overall great person. Talking with him helped me get a great feel for the school and the campus before I'd even seen it."

As for the distance, the Texas-native never worried about the move to Northern California and the academic upside was something he couldn't pass up.

"It is far away and it's different to be away from my family," he said. "The way I see it a plane ride is a plane ride whether I go there or anywhere else. And Stanford has the best education you can possibly get. Academics was a main focus of mine. At Stanford you have the best capabilities to be great at both sports and academics."

With the decision behind him, Schwartzstein can now stay focused on his season.

"It was a great feeling," he said. "I really wanted to make my decision before district play in the season. It's a great feeling not only that I've decided but that I've been admitted too. I don't know if I'm gonna take any more visits. I'm pretty sure I'm not."



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