Feldman says Stanford has the most stringent academic standards of any school in FBS but was able to "beat the USCs, Alabamas, Floridas and Notre Dames for one recruit this year. Stanford beat them on several blue-chippers."
The biggest help in recruiting according to Cardinal coach David Shaw was Andrew Luck's exposure nationally.
Having a large pool of players to recruit from makes recruiting easier, but according to Feldman Stanford's pool is far from large.
About a year out, the program's recruiting pool was under 200 prospects, Shaw said. By the end of those students' junior year, that pool had shrunk to under 100.I know Stanford just signed a highly ranked class this past February, but unless they are best talent evaluators and best on field coaches there is no way they can keep up this level of success with such a small recruiting pool. And if they are best talent evaluators and/or coaches then one of the "factories" will hire them away.