February 26, 2009

Maryland linebacker eyeing Cardinal

With its outstanding academic reputation and demanding admissions requirements, Stanford can only recruit prospects that excel both on the field and in the classroom. One school that seems to produce this type of prospect is Our Lady of Good Counsel (MD).

After actively recruiting Jelani Jenkins and Mike Wallace last year, and securing a verbal commitment from Louis Young this year, the coaching staff has turned its attention to another tremendous prospect from the school.

For Olney (MD) Good Counsel outside linebacker Troy Gloster, an offer from Stanford meant an opportunity to continue both his academic and football career at the highest level.

"I got my Stanford offer in late November, the week before my championship game," Gloster said. "My family and I were really excited about it, because Stanford is basically the Harvard of the west coast and it's a great opportunity to have great football and education at a school."

While many prospects typically learn about a school from the coaches recruiting them, Troy has the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the Cardinal with his high school teammates.

"Jelani and Mike both told me that it is a great place, and the weather is great year round," Gloster told CardinalReport. "They said with the football team is improving and with it being in the Pac-10, Stanford is just the full package."

For any questions that his teammates can't answer, Troy can turn to Coach David Shaw.

"Coach Shaw is my main recruiter and has come to my school three or four times to check in and see how I'm doing. I also talked to Coach Harbaugh when I first got my offer."

According to Troy, the coaching staff does not focus just on the football side of Stanford, but also the academics that the school offers.

"The coaches are trying to tell me about everything Stanford has to offer," Gloster said. "It's a great education, and a football team on the rise. They just had a great recruiting class, and they talk about how they really want me."

At this point, Troy has had the opportunity to attend some Junior Days on the east coast. However, it is a potential trip out west that could have Cardinal fans excited.

"I attended the Pitt junior day two weekends ago, and I went to Maryland last weekend,". Gloster told CardinalReport. "I think I'm going to go to Virginia in a few weeks, and UConn as well. I'm going to be at a school for four or five years, so I really want to make sure I make the right decision."

As for that trip to Stanford, it is something that Troy and Louis Young have been talking about quite recently.

"Louis and I were actually just talking about visiting Stanford a couple of days ago," Troy said. "We were talking about going out to Stanford this spring, when the weather will be real nice."

With so many terrific schools in pursuit of Gloster, he makes it clear that academics will be the most important factor in his decision.

"B.C., Stanford, West Virginia, and North Carolina have offered," Gloster told CardinalReport. "The number one thing for me will be academics. I have been a great student all my life, and my parents told me that the student comes before the athlete. I would also like to play early, so I will be looking at the depth chart of the school."

One factor that might be working against Stanford is the distance from home.

"All four schools that have offered are pretty good schools. Location will definitely play a part in my decision. Since I am from Maryland, I would like to have my family be able to come and watch me play."

After seeing so many teammates go through the recruiting process, Troy knows what to expect, and when he would like to make his decision.

"I would like to choose before the school year starts, but I'm not going to rush it," Troy said. "It's the biggest choice I'm going to make in my life up to this point."

Troy does not have any favorites at this point, but he does have strong feelings for the first two schools that offered him.

"Right now I don't really have a favorite," Gloster told CardinalReport. "B.C. and Stanford were my first two offers, so I have a lot of respect for them because they took a shot on me so early in the process."

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