After watching its 2011 recruiting coordinator bolt for Texas A&M, Stanford has stayed in-house for a replacement who proved his worth in closing on yet another top class in 2012.
In a press release, the school announced that running backs coach Mike “Not the Ex-Louisville Offensive Coordinator” Sanford will take on the role of recruiting coordinator for the Cardinal program, effective immediately. Sanford will replace Brian Polian, who left to become the Aggies’ tight ends coach/special teams coordinator.
“Mike Sanford is a proven recruiter who truly loves and understands Stanford University,” said head coach David Shaw in a statement. “He works extremely hard and develops great relationships.”
As noted by the school in its release, Sanford played an instrumental role in Stanford’s ability to land a top-five national recruiting class earlier this month, so the promotion was a natural progression for Shaw and the football program. For its 2012 recruiting class, Stanford was rated No. 5 by Rivals.com, No. 6 by Scout.com and No. 7 by 247Sports.com.
Sanford, a former Boise State quarterback, will be entering his second season on the Cardinal’s coaching staff in 2012.