- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
The Stanford Cardinal have developed a reputation for putting together some of the toughest and most dominant offensive lines in the Pac-12 over the past few years, and the future there received a boost on Wednesday with the commitment of offensive tackle David Bright (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei).
The 6-foot-5, 263-pound tackle received Pac-12 offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, Utah, and Washington State, but a recent offer from the Cardinal was enough to give Stanford the edge in his recruitment.
"I remember it was a Tuesday (Nov. 20) before our semifinal game," Bright said. "I talked to Coach [David] Shaw. He said they were going to offer me, and that I had all the qualities of a Stanford football player and a Stanford student.
"I was overwhelmed, of course. And very thankful."
After a terrific haul of offensive linemen in the 2012 class, Bright is the first lineman to verbally commit to the Cardinal in the 2013 recruiting class, giving Stanford 10 total commitments this year. Bright made the commitment this past Sunday (Dec. 2) after a conversation with his family.
"I pretty much sat down with my parents and talked it over," he said. "Stanford is the place I really saw myself at and I made my decision."
Bright should find himself right at home among the Stanford linemen, as the Cardinal brand of tough, physical football fits him perfectly.
"My high school mentality is pretty much identical to theirs," he said. "It's a major reason why Stanford was such a big draw. I love the downhill mentality and going after people. It's really shown in their games."
Bright said he has already started his application to Stanford and will turn it in this Friday. He doesn't anticipate any problems with admissions. Bright will take one official visit this winter--to Stanford on Jan. 11.
"It's a great feeling," Bright said of making his commitment. "It's like a weight off my shoulders and I'm super excited to get up there. I can't wait to take my official, enroll in school and get everything started."