'Bama Adds a Big One

Scout.com four-star lineman Alex Stadler ended his recruiting journey Monday when he announced his verbal commitment to Alabama over co-finalist Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.

Alex Stadler, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle from Bealeton (Va.) Liberty, revealed his decision promptly at 11:00 a.m. during a press conference held at his high school. The decision comes off the heels of official visits with each of his final three schools in consecutive weeks.

Though many factors played into his final decision, the Crimson Tide's dominating performance over Florida is what sealed the deal.

Stadler's journey began with over 25 scholarship offers and then took off during the summer with more than 20 unofficial visits. The mass amount of summer trips resulted in mileage on his car and the narrowing down to nine schools – Notre Dame, Duke, Virginia Tech, NC State, Florida State, Alabama, Boston College, UConn, and Michigan.

Shortly after the start of his senior season, Stadler unexpectedly decided on the three aforementioned official visits, and contemplated taking his final two allotted trips. However, fresh off his visit to Alabama, Stadler felt ready to make a decision.

With Stadler anchoring the offensive line, Liberty High School remains undefeated with a 4-0 record. The Eagles travel to Winchester (Va.) Wood tonight for a game that was postponed from Friday due to poor weather conditions.

We'll have a complete update with Alex Stadler later today.

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