November 11, 2008

Ertz awaiting admittance

Last year's recruiting class brought blue-chip quarterback Andrew Luck to Stanford. This year's recruiting class appears to be an attempt by head coach Jim Harbaugh to surround the young quarterback with as many weapons as possible in 2009. One of those weapons is Danville (Calif.) Monte Visa tight end Zach Ertz.

Ertz, a 6-6, 230 pound athlete is a great pass catcher who is currently having an excellent senior season for Monte Vista High School.

"Our team is doing good right now, we are 8-1," he said in an interview with CardinalReport.com, "I have had a touchdown in every game so far and have 12 on the season."

The senior tight end is currently listed as the 11th best tight end prospect in the nation. One of Ertz's best attributes is his athleticism and that has led to many wondering whether or not he will be a tight end in college or move to the receiver position. Ertz insists that he is heading to Stanford to play tight end and he thinks he can fit in with the offense and contribute right away.


"They told me that they want me to compete right away so that is what I am planning on," Ertz said, "the plan is for me to definitely play at tight end. They finally started opening up against Oregon and once they get Andrew Luck in there, I should fit in well."

Zach's commitment to Stanford has been listed as soft for quite some time but he appears to be very solid to the Cardinal pending admittance.

"I just finished (the application) and will probably send it in today or tomorrow. I'm just focusing on my senior season am not really focused much on recruiting."

The admittance process for Stanford is a difficult one and for that reason Ertz is still in contact with the coaching staff at UCLA but only as a backup option.

Coach Harbaugh has been recruiting players from all over the country to Palo Alto but he did not have to travel far for the skilled tight end. Ertz is a native of Northern California and had been interested in the Cardinal well before he gave his verbal.

"I live an hour away so it's close to home but not too close. The academics speak for themselves and the coaching staff is awesome."

Ertz was one of the earliest commits in the 2009 recruiting class and because of this he has been able to form some great relationships with the coaches and is excited about the chance to continue building them.

"Coach Shaw was the main recruiter in October of last year but I've gotten to know all the coaches over time. Me and (Coach Harbaugh) are close, we don't talk as much as I'd like to but whenever we do its all good things."

The bonds that are being formed are not just among the coaching staff and the recruits. An amazing facet of this Stanford class is how close the guys are. Ertz is no different in this regard.

"I talk a lot to Terrance (Stephens), we talk like every second. I also talk to Levine (Toilolo), Jamal (Patterson), and a lot of other people too."

So what are the Stanford recruits talking about?

"We just talk about life in general and our high school season and what we're going to do once we get to Stanford," he said "The big goal is to surround ourselves with the best in the country, and we are doing that."



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