College Football Recruiting: Three Star OT David Bright to Stanford Cardinal

By James Gomez
Stanford Cardinal
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It had to happen eventually. Yesterday the Stanford Cardinal received a verbal commitment from their first true offensive lineman in the 2013 class. David Bright, a tackle from Santa Ana, will join a growing class that features plenty of talent but little to show for in the trenches.

That will change in the coming months as the Cardinal begin to finalize the 2013 class. Bright is given three stars by Rivals and 247 Sports. Bright is considered to be a run blocking physical specimen that stands at 6’5 263 to 290 pounds depending on which recruiting service you trust. Or perhaps the weight fluctuation just depends on what Bright had for lunch.

Regardless, the young man is exactly the kind of lineman that coach David Shaw would want for his ground oriented offense.

Bright attends the famed Mater Dei High School that has produced football talents such as Matt Barkley, Colt Brennan, and Heisman Trophy winner John Huarte. There are plenty of other names that the school as churned out into professional athletics but the point is made.

Three other Pac-12 programs were courting the young tackle. The Oregon State Beavers, Arizona State Sun Devils, and Utah Utes offered Bright a scholarship. Out of the Mountain West the San Diego State Aztecs were in the running as well.

With a program such as Stanford as an option, it isn’t difficult to see why Bright would make such a well… bright decision. The Cardinal are winners of the Pac-12 and are headed to the Rose Bowl in year one post Andrew Luck. Meaning players like Bright have a lot to do with the Cardinal’s success and not the reliance on a dynamic quarterback.

Winning appears to be in Bright’s future as Stanford seems to be putting together a 2013 class that is built in Shaw’s image of solid defense led by a strong front seven, and an offense built like a tank. Plenty of 2013 offensive lineman are considering the Cardinal for their collegiate pursuits. What do the big uglies in the trenches love to do? Run block of course.

Bright won’t be lone the offensive lineman for long.

James Gomez is a Pac-12 and Mountain West columnist for Rant Sports and member of the Football Writers Association of America. You can follow James on Twitter as well.

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