Yeah, the title of this fanpost is a little snarky. However, check out this interesting piece from Scout.com concerning West St. Mary (Baldwin, LA) DC Jontrey Tillman, a previous Stanford committ who was recently turned down by their admissions department despite having a 4.0 GPA and 26 ACT:
Jontrey Tillman pledged his services to Stanford in June 2011, but he got an unexpected phone call over the weekend.
"Stanford called Jontrey at 5 P.M. Friday and told him he wasn't accepted," said West St. Mary head coach Ryan Antoine. "Their defensive coordinator had been here five times and the DBs coach was here last Monday.
"They said they want him, but they can't question admissions or they will lose their jobs. I talked to Coach (David) Shaw on Saturday, and he said they can't control admissions. He said it's secretive."
Antoine was perplexed.
"Jontrey is devastated," he said. "This is a kid from a depressed socioeconomic environment who had been committed to Stanford since June. He turned down 20 scholarship offers and they tell him about this a week before National Signing Day?
"I read an article that said Barry Sanders has a 3.2 grade point average, and another commit has a 3.7. How do you explain that?"
Hmm. Bolded parts are mind. I checked his scout.com profile and at least according to that data base there were not a lot of offers out there for this kid. How do you explain this?
I have an idea. Perhaps Stanford is not naive and understands that value of a football program. I don't buy Shaw's line about not having control over admissions. I think it is reasonable to assume Stanford admissions and their coaching staff are working close together. They get the guys in the Stanford coaches want.
The question is whether the same mindset is in play at UCLA admissions. Do the UCLA admissions even care about our football program?