Lake Forest Academy -- Lake Forest, Illinois
Defensive tackle. 6'4" 290 pounds.
Rivals Rank: Three stars; #31 defensive tackle.
ESPN Rank: Three stars; #77 defensive tackle.
Scout Rank: Three stars; #57 defensive tackle.
247 Rank: Three stars; #36 defensive tackle.
Key Offers: Harvard, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, Mississippi State
Without question, the biggest area of concern on the Stanford roster is the defensive line. There are only six linemen on the roster right now, and Wes Annan is lucky number seven. That might make Annan an ideal candidate to burn his redshirt at some point in 2015, just as fellow lineman Harrison Phillips did last season, but that probably isn't likely in this case. Annan arrives at Stanford with only two years of organized football experience. His gridiron potential was first identified at a small football program outside of Toronto, which led to his enrollment at the Lake Forest Academy, north of Chicago. (Here's a nice profile of Annan from the CBC News.)
What Annan offers the Cardinal is potential. He's already the biggest defensive lineman on the Stanford roster, and it's likely that he'll pack on another twenty to thirty pounds of muscle once he begins consistent work with strength and conditioning coach Shannon Turley. But perhaps the biggest factor to consider with Annan is his learning curve. Two years from now, in addition to that added strength and weight, he will have doubled his football experience, something that can't be said for anyone else on the team. Annan is a diamond in the rough, and he'll likely be shining soon.