North Carolina twins talk Vanderbilt

The Stadnik twins are kind of a "big deal" in Greensboro, NC. Brock and Clayton are often recognized at restaurants, the gym, and other places in town. Their dad, John, is a former San Diego Chargers offensive lineman, and he also played in the USFL. Despite the celebrity status, the Stadnik twins are taking it all in stride.

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Clayton, a junior, has an impressive offer list from schools such as ECU, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. Brock, also a junior, has offers from the likes of Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Tennessee, and many other high profile programs. He's also already accepted an invitation to the Under Armour All-American game. Not too long ago, another SEC school put their name in the mix for Brock.

"Vandy offered I would say two months ago," said Brock. "Coach (Herb) Hand emailed me and then I gave him a call. He's a really good guy and he was really excited about me and Clayton. He offered me a scholarship right there on the phone. He told me what Vanderbilt had to offer, what a good city it is, how much fun we will have there and that they offer a top class education. I was very excited about getting offer. Vanderbilt is a great school."

Vanderbilt is not just interested in Brock; they also have their sights set on his brother, Clayton. He's already had contact with the Vanderbilt staff and they like what they have seen so far.

"I sent him my highlight and he said he was really impressed by everything," said Clayton. "He said he wanted me to be a Commodore. I take it that he'd like to offer me, if we went down there to check them out. They are ready for me to get down there and checkout the program."

Vanderbilt isn't the only school that's keeping a close eye on Clayton; there are some other elite programs close to extending an offer. As college coaches start to really hit the road in May to watch kids participate in spring practice, prospects like Clayton are bound to receive more offers.

"West Virginia is close to offering, if I were to go down to Auburn they would offer me and the Florida Gators are kind of close as well," he said. "North Carolina is close because we took a visit recently and Coach (Sam) Pittman was really impressed by the size that I've gained this summer. They want me to get evaluated by him one more time before they offer."

The last time an SEC school signeda pair of twins at offensive line, it worked out pretty well. Florida's Pouncey twins (Maurkice and Mike) were both recently NFL 1st round picks but could the Stadnik's really have the same type of potential? Brock at 6-5, 284 pounds has garnered most of the attention, compared to Clayton being around 6-2.5, 250 pounds. However, at a recent doctor's appointment they found out that Clayton's growth plates are still open and they expect him to grow a few more inches. Despite the difference in offers both prospects want to ultimately end up at the same destination.

"It's always a possibility that we'll go our separate ways, but it'd be nice to play at the same school," said Clayton.

"We'd really like to play together, but it's still undecided," said Brock. "We most likely will end up at the same place."

The twins plan on making their decision on the same day, and you probably could have guessed that they are looking for the same things when it comes to choosing a college.

"I am looking for a good coaching staff, chemistry, and trust," said Brock. "Also, distance from home but it's not a big factor if it is a school that's worth going to. I'm looking for a place that I am most comfortable."

"I'm looking for the same things as my brother," said Clayton. "The chemistry between the coaches and academics are also important. Also, the overall football team and will I fit in where I go to."

Neither Clayton nor Brock have any favorites at this time. They plan on possibly narrowing down their list to a top five this summer. Because both plan on being early enrollees, that will undoubtedly speed up the process for them. Both young men are unsure about when they will actually make their decision. This summer will be an important time period for both young men. Since last summer the Stadnik twins have been on the road nonstop, and it doesn't look like that will change this summer.

"We've been to Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, South Carolina, and North Carolina for visits already, said Brock. "We're hoping to make plenty more hopefully with our schedule. We still don't know yet which schools."

We have small openings, but may be this summer we will visit Vanderbilt, said Clayton. "We don't know yet."

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