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Plantaric Picks Pac-10
Fair Oaks (Calif.) Del Campo defensive end Eddie Plantaric (6-5, 245), was excited to get his first offer last week, the offer coming from Stanford. On Saturday, Plantaric got to visit Palo Alto for Junior Day, and by the time the trip was completed, Plantaric was a commit to the Cardinal. "It went really well, they put us on a lot of tours and we got to talk with all of the coaches," said Plantaric. "It was very nice and I ended up committing to Stanford." Plantaric said he went on the visit with no intention of committing, but the whole package that was presented was too tough to turn down. "I actually surprised myself, but I was just very impressed, and that was the biggest reason. It's been a dream of mine to play D-I football for the longest time, so it's a relief to achieve that goal. Stanford is one of the leading universities in the world, so it's a great honor for me." The Cardinal were the first to offer Plantaric, but there was ample interest coming from others. "Stanford was my only offer, but I had garnered a lot of interest from about 20 D-I programs, like Texas, Cal, USC, Oregon, Washington and Washington State, then a couple from the SEC, some from the WAC and the Mountain West and then Purdue too," said Plantaric. Plantaric plays primarily defensive end, but his versatility and speed, he's clocked a 4.52 forty, give him the ability to play a handful of positions. "Stanford said they want me first as a defensive end, but they said I have the versatility to play pretty much anywhere. The coaches said I have the versatility to even play linebacker. If I had my choice, I'd play end, but as long as I see the field, I'll be happy," said Plantaric. Plantaric said other things stood out for him on the trip. "The atmosphere and the overall fit stood out to me," said Plantaric. "They had the professors come to speak to us too which was great. I'm not looking just at the athletic part of it but to the academics as well." And academics are a strong suit for Plantaric, who's carrying a weighted GPA of 4.0 and already has a 1660 on the SAT. "I will probably take the SAT again because I'm always striving to improve myself," said Plantaric. Plantaric said while he's committed, he still would like to take some official visits. "I know that Coach Harbaugh is very very knowledgable, and they know what they're doing, but yeah, I'm definitely open minded and wanting to take some visits," said Plantaric. "But I was impressed with them, so that's why I decided to commit and I'm good to my word." As a 2008 junior, Plantaric had 141 tackles, six forced fumbles and 4.5 sacks with a pair of fumble recoveries.
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