TRUSSVILLE, Al. – On Friday, the Stanford Cardinal football program held a camp in California with intentions of reaching out to football prospects from across the country. One particular recruit, Bailey McElwain, even made the trip from Alabama to attend the camp. McElwain, who is a three-star fullback / linebacker, also walked away as the newest future member of the Stanford program.
As a talented two-way player for Hewitt-Trussville High School, McElwain has been in contact with the Stanford program for a few months. From that time, McElwain began to learn more about the Cardinal program from assistant coach Lance Taylor as his recruitment heated up.
“Well back in April, they made a call, coach Taylor, he’s the running back coach there,” McElwain said. “He made a call to my coach down here in Alabama and said he was coming by the school to see me. He wanted to see the way I run and watch me workout. We ran conditioning that day and he just watched me and he talked to me after workouts and said, ‘Hey, we are really interested in you and we think you’d be a perfect fullback in our system and we really want to get you to camp.’ So we stayed in touch throughout the whole spring and summer until I went to camp.”
After building a rapport with coach Taylor, McElwain’s goal for last week’s Stanford camp was simple.
“We talked pretty much every day and I knew what to do,” McElwain said. “Then I went to camp and just impressed him.”
McElwain performed so well that the staff immediately following camp offered him. McElwain wasted no time in announcing that he would be accepting that offer and committing to Stanford, his first offer in the process so far.
I'm Committed! Excited for what's ahead! #CardClass16 🌲
— Bailey McElwain (@beemac99) June 20, 2015
While at camp, McElwain had the opportunity to experience the Stanford campus and envision what playing football in California would be like. Growing up in Alabama, this was complete with a few stark differences from his upbringing.
“Well, it’s a lot different,” McElwain said. “It was kind of surprising because it’s a lot different than here in Alabama. The people are really nice. The coaches are awesome. It’s just a great atmosphere in the field house there and the practice all over and the coaching styles and the drills we did, and I feel like it fits me perfectly.”
McElwain’s commitment boosts Stanford to No. 3 in the Pac-12 and No. 20 in the country. At 6’ and 232-pounds, McElwain is stout at the point of attack and packs a lot of force into his tackles and is known to finish his blocks on offense as well.
“I feel like I like to hit a lot,” McElwain said. “I feel like I’m a pretty hard hitter. I feel like I can play in space if I need to, but I like to play inside the box as a linebacker. I have experience playing outside and inside [linebacker] and I have experience playing defensive end too, but I think at Stanford I will be a fullback.”
Before committing to Stanford, though, McElwain says he heard from Southern Mississippi, Troy, South Alabama, Western Kentucky, Duke Auburn and Memphis. According to McElwain, he says other schools still have an opportunity to enter his recruitment.
“I will take official visits,” McElwain said. “I want to go everywhere. That just sounds fun to me to make sure my decision is the right decision and just to compare to Stanford, because that’s my commitment and that’s where I want to be.”
Click here for a link to McElwain’s junior highlight tape.