Stoltz now considering LSU

Matt Stoltz (6-3, 240, 4.55) plays for Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark. and he is one of the top linebackers in the South.<br><br> Recruiting is heating up for Stoltz and he has five schools he is really looking at but a couple is in a dead heat for his services.

"Arkansas , LSU , Tennessee , Nebraska and Virginia would be my top five," Stoltz told Tiger Rag. "If I had to narrow it down to three it would be Arkansas, LSU and Tennessee but I'm not really sure because I have not gone that far yet."

Is there a leader in that pack?

"It was kind of Arkansas after I took a visit over there during the summer and I had a real good time," said Stoltz. "I was leaning to Arkansas but LSU and Arkansas are pretty much tied with me."

 

Since he grew up in the Razorback State, Stoltz knows a lot about the Hogs' program but an unofficial trip to LSU have him a new perspective on recruiting.

 

"Me and Jonathan (Lugis) went during the Spring for the Spring game," he said. "I was really impressed. Coach (Kirk) Doll showed us around. I got to sit down with coach (Nick) Saban for about an hour and we got talk about everything. I liked all of the facilities and I loved Tiger Stadium. I loved that."

 

Stoltz has never seen the live version of a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium but he has heard plenty about the tradition that goes along with Death Valley.

 

"I just heard how crazy it gets," he said. "I saw it on TV and it's pretty sweet. You can't really get the full effect but you hear from all of the coaches who play LSU and they say how hard it is. I heard about how they put the tiger out there where the opponents come out and I think that is pretty sweet."

 

Fall practice started a week and half ago for Pulaski Academy and Stoltz said he is glad to get it under way.

 

"It's going real well," he said. "We are learning a new defense and adjusting to a new coach. In our defensive scheme I am the weakside linebacker but I move over to the middle. It's kind of like the Tampa Bay defense and I am kind of like Derrick Brooks in it."

If Stoltz game is anything like Brooks' game then he definitely has a bright future ahead of him and so does the lucky school that gets his signature in February.


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