#3 commit in Class of 2016 Grant Shoults gives verbal to Stanford Cardinal

Grant Shoults, one of the top recruits in the nation, has given his verbal commitment to the Stanford Cardinal for 2016 and onwards.

We recently ranked Shoults #3 in our rankings of the top NCAA prospects in the nation, and he comes in with some huge times, including the recruiting class’s best 200 and 500 frees.

“I’m proud to share that I have the privilege of verbally committing to the Stanford Cardinal to be a student-athlete,” Shoults told SwimSwam. “For me, Stanford was the ‘whole package’. It represented what I was seeking from swimming with Coach Knapp and Coach Armstrong on the deck, a great group of guys in the water and an academic platform to help prepare me for life after swimming.”

This is a gigantic pickup for Stanford, which is moving on without NCAA and American record-holder David Nolan this coming season, and needs some big-time talents to replace him.

Shoults comes out of the Mission Viejo Nadadores program in Southern California, a team known for training tough, distance-oriented swimmers under coach Bill Rose. Shoults is no exception to that rule, projecting as a multi-distance freestyle threat in the college ranks, with some outside potential in the butterfly and IM races as well.

Shoults’ Top Times

  • 200 free – 1:34.54
  • 500 free – 4:15.56
  • 1650 free – 15:14.40
  • 200 fly – 1:45.32
  • 100 fly – 49.26

Shoults also adds a 1:48.28 in the 200 IM and a 3:59.51 in the 400 IM. His outstanding 200 free should make him an instant relay factor – he would have been Stanford’s third-fastest swimmer on the 3rd-place 800 free relay at NCAAs last year.

And his 44.66 in the 100 free that suggests he could eventually become a relay factor over the 4×100 yard distances too, if he develops his speed well in Palo Alto.

Shoults competes for Mission Viejo and Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California.

Stanford took 6th as a team at last year’s NCAA Championships. Shoults took time to express his gratitude for all the teams he met with during the recruiting process:

“The NCAA coaches and their staff that I have developed relationships with over the past 12 months were incredible,” he said. “As swimmers, we are blessed to participate in a sport with leaders with so much character and class. Thank you to those that shared their time and programs with me.

“Thank you to those who have supported me in this journey. ‘Fear the Tree!’”

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Probably the best pick up for the Cardinal since Nolan.


Curtis Ogren, gray umbach?

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Shoults is definitely better, 1:34 and 4:15, no one else has come in with quite those times. But yes, Ogren, Umbach, Egan, Williamson, Kremer… Stanford gets some amazing talent. Williamson is the one to really watch though, I think he’s gonna turn some heads over the next year.


You’re right about that but I do think Egan will surpass him next season. I just want Stanford to get someone as awesome as Staab so they can be a powerhouse again.

Hulk Swim

They’ve had quite a few guys walk in with some scoring/near scoring swims since Nolan arrived.


Liam Egan?


Shoults is already faster than egan, who had a less than stellar performance this year, plus he adds the 200 fly giving him that versatility edge.

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