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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Gorman football player pulls commitment to Stanford

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009 | 4:40 p.m.

Bishop Gorman High linebacker Evan Palelei is back on the recruiting market.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior pulled his verbal commitment to Stanford last week and will entertain offers from other schools, Gaels coach Tony Sanchez said.

Verbal commitments, like the one Palelei gave Stanford in April, are non-binding and don’t become official until an athlete signs on national signing day in February.

Sanchez said Palelei and Stanford mutually agreed to part ways. He doubts Palelei will recommit.

“We talked to Stanford and the best thing for Evan is to open things up again,” Sanchez said.

Palelei is a three-star recruit on an evaluating scale of five stars by recruiting Web site Rivals.com. He is a three-year starter for Gorman.

Sanchez was in contact with Oregon, Colorado and Northern Arizona last week and expects others to follow suit.

Palelei currently doesn’t have any offers because schools backed off once he committed to Stanford. He had interest from Cal, Washington, UNLV and Notre Dame before committing.

“Things will heat up again,” Sanchez said. “He is definitely a Division I football player.”

Ray Brewer can be reached at 990-2662 or ray.brewer@lasvegassun.com.

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