During the Harbaugh-Shaw era, Stanford’s offensive line has been the cornerstone of the power-running attack that has overwhelmed defenses from the Pac-12 and Notre Dame, as well as Va Tech and OSU, in BCS bowls.
All-Americans David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin are both moving up to the NFL, but Stanford reloaded, and then some.
The Cardinal’s amazing 2012 OL recruiting haul is the best in school history and the best in the nation, and is being hailed by some as the best ever since the advent of the recruiting services in 2001.
On NSD, Stanford scored a pair of 5-star OLs, as Andrus Peat from Arizona and Californian Kyle Murphy both announced their commitments to Stanford. Peat was rated as the top overall recruit in the nation by The Sporting News, and Murphy was ranked as the third-best OT by Rivals.
A few days earlier, fellow 5-star OL Joshua Garnett from Washington state, rated the second-best OG nationally by Rivals, had committed to Stanford.
The 5-star trio joins another threesome of 4-star OLs. Graham Shuler from Tennessee was rated the fourth-best center nationally by Scout. Brandon Fanaika of Utah was the ninth-ranked OG by Rivals. Nick Davidson from Minnesota was ranked 23rd among OTs.
And Johnny Caspers from Illinois, rated by Scout as a top-50 OG, may play with as much or more ferocity than any of his classmates.
The sound you hear is Pac-12 defensive coordinators gnashing their teeth and tearing their hair out at the specter of having to deal with these OLs in the years to come