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After months committed to UW, Rector switches to Stanford

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2012 at 9:55 am with 10 Comments »
February 1, 2012 10:57 am

It might have been the worst-kept secret around Bellarmine Prep the past week, but Michael Rector tried to play it as one.

Except for:

* He wore a Cardinal red shirt Wednesday morning.

* His father, Tony, donned a T-shirt and hat of the same color.

At about 7:40 a.m., Rector made the decision official – he was going to sign his national letter of intent with Stanford after being committed to Washington for much of the past seven months.

“It was extremely hard. I’ve grown up wanting to be a Husky,” Rector said. “But it came down to the education for me. Both schools have great programs … but my parents have sacrificed so much for me to have the top education possible, and I wanted to continue that trend.”

The ceremony was held in the lobby of the new gymnasium on campus. Rector and four soccer players – Kelly Beck (Seattle University), Stephanie Hamilton (Western Washington), Kelsey Witker (Boise State) and Curtis Pederson (Western) – showed up to make a short announcement and then a declaration.

Rector, a wide receiver, was last. He thanked God; his parents, his brother and nephews; and Lions coach Tom Larsen and a few assistants, notably offensive coordinator Brian Jensen.

After a pause, he cupped the microphone with his hand, held it to his mouth and announced he had chosen Stanford.

“Probabaly within the last week or so, he (knew Stanford),” Tony Rector said. “It was eating at him. I am glad he only had the two (schools). Neither team let up. Both recruited him until the end.”

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  1. ManuelMartini says:

    Can’t blame a kid for turning down a state school for a Stanford diploma.

  2. ManuelMartini says:

    Can’t blame a kid for turning down a state school in lieu of a Stanford diploma.

  3. whitecap says:

    I agree that Stanford is at least a notch above the U of W (OK, maybe two), but the U of W is no chump school academically. Just ask all the kids who apply and don’t get in. I’m a bit sorry to see several of our top local kids going to California schools instead of playing here. Funny, but the U of W seems to be attracting California players.

  4. Stanford’s little run is over. They will sink back into mediocrity.

  5. Coach81 says:

    A lot of in-state students that apply to get into UW are declined because the University of Washington prefers to accept out-of-state freshman instead, because they pay almost twice as much in tuition.

  6. WonTonsInMySoup says:

    Actually, a lot of in state applicants don’t get in because the state teaches to the WASL. And anyways, having out of state and international students help the university by giving it exposure that they wouldn’t have if they accepted all in-state students. It attracts a smarter, comepetitive and diverse work force for the region and boosts our economy.

  7. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Oregon, Stanford and USC are teams to beat in the Pac 12. The Stanford recruits are some of the best in the country, especially the offensive linemen. Rectors going to catch a lot of passes AND graduate from Stanford.

  8. One of my best friends’ daughter was recruited by several schools for a full-ride athletic scholarship. She visited Duke, UCLA, Cal Berkley, and UW (my alma mater, so I was excited). The other three schools showed her everything, including the dorms (pretty important to a 17.5 yr old moving far from home, to know where she will sleep) UW didn’t show the dorms, didn’t show the basic living stuff. She said that when it was time to compare all of the schools, she had nothing in the “where do I live?” column. UW blew it, and lost her to UCLA.

  9. BigSwingingRichard says:


    My experiences visiting was colleges was similar to yours.

    Berkley is an impressive school that looks like crap.

    USC looks like a classic college with excellent facilities, a cool campus and really good weather, programs and students. I was highly impressed with USC.

    USD was nice but seemed like a place for a lot of really rich kids, not unlike UC Santa Barbara and Santa Clara.

    Stanford was assume, but hugely slanted towards alumni and very small, nearly impossible to get into.

    UCLA looked beautiful, like a country club. Disproportionately Asian (not that this is bad, just reality) but with trees and rolling hills. Looked like a county club without a golf course. A great place to go to school.

    The UW seems like a city in itself with high rises, ghettos, traffic and frats; a strange combination.

  10. sonicsboy says:

    WonTonsInMySoup: The WASL hasn’t been in existance for 3 years now, and last year’s in-state admissions were only cut by 150 students – not a large number compared to the amount of applicants.

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