Josh Nunes, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound four-star quarterback from Upland, Calif., signed his letter-of-intent to Stanford on Feb. 5, but last summer this California gunslinger seemed destined to be heading to the SEC.
Nunes originally committed to Tennessee last June after drawing offers from major programs such as Arizona State, Oklahoma, BYU, Nebraska and Florida, among others.
“I felt like Tennessee was a good fit for me,” Nunes stated. “Even though it was early, a lot of quarterbacks were already committed. The rules of recruiting are different for quarterbacks. Recruiting was getting a little stressful so it was just a relief to have it done.”
But despite this commitment to the Vols, Nunes said he never stopped thinking about the Cardinal. “Stanford was always a dream school of mine,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to play there, but I didn’t think they were going to offer me and I wasn’t sure I going to qualify.”
Fortunately for Nunes, both things happened. Of course it’s hard to turn away a student with a 4.6 core GPA and a 1980 SAT and 29 ACT. “Once I got that offer from Stanford I knew that’s where I was going to go,” he said. “Making that switch really wasn’t that difficult.”
This turned out to be a good decision for Nunes since only a few weeks later, then-Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer resigned.
“I committed to coach Fulmer and I loved his staff,” he said. “He’s a great football coach with a great track record and I have nothing but respect for him. I was really shocked when I heard he was stepping down. But at that point I was already committed to Stanford.”
Nunes, ranked as the No. 19 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, says once he committed to Stanford he let other coaches know that he wasn’t going to be changing his mind. “I was still being recruited by a few schools but I pretty much told them to stop because I was going to Stanford,” he said.
Another plus for the Cardinal was their in-state location. “Distance wasn’t really a major factor though,” Nunes said, contradicting a statement his parents made after his switch. “I’d probably go to Stanford even if it was all the way across the country. It has the combination of academics and football you can’t get anywhere else.”
Nunes visited Palo Alto on a Jan. 9 official trip. “That was a crazy weekend,” he said. “We had almost every guy who was committed to Stanford on that visit. There was like 32 recruits. It was incredible.
“I’ve been in contact with almost all of them and we really have a great class coming in,” he said. “We’ve already bonded really well. I think we’ve got a lot of talent and even coach Jim Harbaugh said he’s really excited about the future.”
Nunes plans on getting a jump on his peers and will be taking summer classes in Stanford starting in June.
He plans on majoring in civil engineering.