Stanford head coach David Shaw emphasizes physical toughness in the football program. The team has a stout defense, excellent offensive line, and one of the country's premier running backs. But it lacks a comparable passing game. Opponents can design defenses to control a run-first offense when the passing threat is minimal.
Josh Nunes is no Andrew Luck. Few quarterbacks ever will be. But Shaw's insistence on a strong running game is not likely to lure five-star high school quarterbacks with dreams of playing in the National Football League. Ditto for wide receivers.
Perhaps an emphasis on a balanced attack would better serve Stanford's recruitment?