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Most accounts of Stanford's ascension over the last three years begin and end — justifiably so — with Andrew Luck's ascension to the top of draft boards as one of the most coveted pro prospects in a generation. But it certainly didn't hurt that Luck spent his entire college career behind a pair of All-American classmates, left tackle Jonathan Martin and guard David DeCastro, who arrived with luck as part of the unheralded recruiting class of 2008, started every game of the best two-year run in school history and are expected to join luck in the first round of the NFL Draft in April.
If you're making the case this offseason that Stanford's moment in the sun has passed, the argument doesn't stop at Luck: It's also a matter of losing the nimble giants up front who made his job about as easy as it could be. On the other hand, if you're making the case that the Cardinal are going to hold their ground among the Pac-12 elite, you can start with the new, banner crop of linemen who put their names on letters of intent this afternoon.
In the span of a few hours, Stanford picked up commitments and subsequent signatures from not one but two offensive tackles — Tempe, Ariz., behemoth Andrus Peat (below) and Kyle Murphy (top) of San Clemente, Calif. — who boast five-star ratings from Rivals, along with a borderline five-star, Puyallup, Wash., guard Joshua Garnett, giving the Cardinal three of the top seven offensive linemen in the entire 2012 recruiting class. Altogether — with Murphy, Peat, Garnett, Brandon Fanaika, Graham Shuler and Nick Davidson — there are six incoming O-linemen in the new class rated as four-star prospects or better.Read More »from Jackpot offensive line haul suggests Stanford has a little staying power