The Stanford Cardinal have been one of the most successful programs in college football over the last few years. After losing Jim Harbaugh to the San Francisco 49ers, many expected the Cardinal to take a step back under David Shaw. Instead, he has posted a record of 34-7 with a conference record of 23-4 over the last three years, including two straight Pac-12 Championships.
That’s why Shaw’s influence can now be felt all over the country and the Cardinal dipped into the south to get their latest commitment – 3-Star wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside gave his pledge to the Cardinal on Wednesday.
“First and foremost I chose Stanford because they have the best academics in the world,” Arcega-Whiteside told 247Sports.com Tuesday night. “Its a great program. The coaches are great there. When I went there all of the people were great.”
The 6’3, 200-pounder is from Roebuck, South Carolina and attends Dorman High School. Stanford was excited to get a player who plays with a team that consistently faces stiff competition.
“One thing that will help me a lot for the next level is the tough region I play in,” Arcega-Whiteside said. “Playing the likes of Spartanburg, Byrnes and Gaffney is great preparation. Plus our non-conference games against Greenwood and Dutch Fork have allowed me to face real good talent before I even get to college.”
Arcega-Whiteside is country’s 69th-ranked wide receiver prospect, is considered the 12th-best overall prospect in the state of South Carolina and is the 577th-overall ranked prospect in the class of 2015 according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
Arcega-Whiteside also holds offers from the Central Florida Knights, Cincinnati Bearcats and Maryland Terrapins, among others.