FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh had a chance on Sunday to reflect on his first recruiting class and the integral role it has played in the program's turnaround. There were 19 players in that class, and many of them have contributed to Stanford's ascension from 1-11 to 11-1.
"There really wasn't much time to work on it," Harbaugh said. "I was hired December 19th, and then all of a sudden right out there on the road recruiting guys. And then some of our best players are in that class: Owen Marecic, T.K. Amajoyi, Jeremy Stewart. I know I'm missing guys, but it was really, really kind of a core class that -- Ryan Whalen, Doug Baldwin, guys that -- kind of the core of the football team right now that have been through this all four years. We've been together the whole time, so they're kind of a special class there."