BOONE, N.C. – App State’s football program has officially added graduate transfer Stu Head, Mountaineers head coach Shawn Clark announced Tuesday.
A native of Woodstock, Ga., the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Head was a safety in Stanford’s program from 2017-19 before opting out of the 2020 season. He graduated from Stanford with a political science degree and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining with the Mountaineers.
Head is a versatile, intelligent player who could contribute at several defensive spots. The recipient of Pac-12 All-Academic recognition while at Stanford, he played in 20 games from 2018-19 and started the final six games of 2019.
Head finished that 2019 season with 39 tackles, including eight apiece against Notre Dame and UCLA. He had one tackle for loss in the UCLA game, broke up two passes that season and averaged nearly five tackles a game as a starter.
Head was ranked as the nation’s 27th-best safety in his recruiting class by 247Sports as a three-star prospect at Etowah High School. He earned all-state recognition three times and totaled 309 tackles over his final three high school seasons at Etowah in north Georgia, about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta.
A quarterback early in his prep career, Head also was a member of the National Honor Society as well as a record-breaking 4×100-meter relay team in track.