Stanford may have 22 commitments to their 2015 recruiting
class but an argument could be made about which soon to-be Cardinal football
player is the most excited about heading to Palo Alto.
Brian Chaffin, a center for Charlotte Christian, had double-digit scholarship
offers but once committed to Stanford on June 16, 2014 that commitment never
After a hectic Wednesday Brian took time to answer a couple
of questions about his signing day along with insight to his thoughts and emotions
behind taking the next big step in life.
Brian, when National Signing Day finally came, what thoughts
and emotions went through your head leading up to the moment you signed your
“A couple of things went through my mind. You’re excited
because you worked so hard for this moment and then anxious to get it over with
because once you’ve signed all of the craziness with signing day is all over. Once
I signed I knew I could start looking forward to the next step in my life.”
When you finally signed your LOI and faxed it in, describe
how you felt at that moment.
“Signing it made it realistic. When you see the fine print
on the LOI it makes it a little more real. I started to realize the commitment
I was making in a whole other way. I wanted to be the first Stanford commit to
turn in his LOI. I got up early and was the first Class of 2015 Stanford commitment
to turn in his LOI. That was a big deal for me. It was important for me to do
Did any schools make a last ditch effort to flip you? If so,
“All the schools knew where I was going. Some were trying to
flip me over the summer but nobody tried to flip me last minute.”
Looking at the class that was signed, how do you feel about
your fellow signees?
“I’m really fired up. We got a lot of playmakers, a lot of
speed, a lot guys that have great physicality, smart players – I think we will gel
together well. I think we have a great group of guys that will be able to
contribute early and often at Stanford if needed. We’re going to be a great
class. I’m really excited.”
Which players in your signing class or guys already on the
team are you eager to meet and eager to practice against?
“I’m looking forward to going up against some of the
defensive tackles on the team and some of the defensive linemen Stanford signed.
We have a lot of good guys. It will be fun to go against all of those guys.”
Do you know who will be your roommate when you get to
“At Stanford they make you room with a general education student.
I have no idea who my roommate will be yet.”
When do you report to campus?
“I report on June 20. I have to be on campus by then.”
When do you get a playbook to start going all the new
materials you’ll have to commit to memory before summer camp?
“They’ve sent me a playbook along with a bunch of other stuff
to look at like nutrition guidelines. Early next week we’ll get more of that kind
of stuff along with some instructional videos and workout guidelines to help build
you the way they want to build you.”
More on Brian Chaffin from a September 2014 interview.
RB Houston Heimuli, 5’11”,
220 lbs, Bountiful HS, Bountiful,
RB Bryce Love, 5’11”, 185 lbs, Gilmer HS, Gilmer, Texas
RB Cameron Scarlett, 6’1”, 210 lbs, Central Catholic HS, Portland, Oregon
WR Trent Irwin, 6’2”, 189 lbs, Hart
High School, Newhall, California
WR/CB Justin Reid, 6’2”, 193 lbs, Dutchtown, Geismar, Louisiana
WR Jabiari Tyler, 5’9”, 175 lbs, Isidore Newman, New Orleans, Louisiana
WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, 6’3”, 208 lbs, Dorman HS, Roebuck,
OC Brian Chaffin, 6’2”, 286 lbs, Charlotte Christian HS, Charlotte, North
OT Jack Dreyer, 6’8”, 285 lbs, Junipero Serra HS, San Mateo, California
OG Nick Wilson 6’2”, 268 lbs, Milton
HS, Alpharetta, Georgia
OT Austin Maihen, 6’5”, 285 lbs, Santa Margarita Catholic, California
CB Frank Buncom IV, 6’2”, 190 lbs, St. Augustine HS, San Diego, California
S Ben Edwards, 6’0”, 196 lbs, Trinity
S Quenton Meeks, 6’2”, 195 lbs, Del Norte, San Diego, California
DT Wesley Annan, 6’4”, 285 lbs, Lake Forest Academy, Lake
DE Dylan Jackson, 6’6”, 245 lbs, Maryville
HS, Maryville, Tennessee
DE Gabe Reid, 6’2”, 240 lbs, Timpview HS, Provo, Utah
LB Mustafa Branch, 6’2”, 215 lbs, Bellevue
HS, Bellevue, Washington
LB Jordan Fox, 6’3”, 225 lbs, St.
Peter’s Prep, New Jersey, New Jersey
LB Casey Toohill, 6’3”, 231 lbs, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego, California
LB/RB Reagan Williams, 6’2”, 235 lbs, Jackson
HS, Jackson, Ohio
K Jake Bailey, 6’2”, 185 lbs, Santa Fe
Christian HS, Solana Beach,
Photo credit: Chaffin’s; Brian Chaffin on NSD.