Stanford has one of the nation's very best groups of linebackers heading into the 2012 season. With potential All-Americans in seniors Chase Thomas and Shayne Skov, as well as a host of budding stars such as A.J. Tarpley, Jarek Lancaster, James Vaughters, Trent Murphy and Noor Davis, the Cardinal's front seven should prove to be dominant in the upcoming season.
On top of all the talent already on the roster, Stanford has received verbal commitments from three of the best linebacker recruits in the 2013 class. While there is, of course, plenty of time for these players to change their destination before National Signing Day, Stanford's 2013 defensive recruits look pretty good for the time being.
Going up against high powered offenses such as Oregon and USC should be a challenge for the Cardinal for years to come. However, with these three commitments, it looks like the Stanford defense is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the Pac-12 for quite some time.
So, without further ado, let's meet these three young defensive studs.