Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit tight end Jack Stoll headed east this weekend down I-76 and I-80 to Lincoln for the Nebraska spring game. The 6-foot-5 and 225-pound recruit got to the Nebraska football offices early for their tour to see what Nebraska had to offer.
"We are back at the hotel and will leave in the morning," Stoll said. "We got there about 9:00 this morning to take tours of the academic and athletic facilities. The rest of the recruits got there a little later if they weren't taking the tours."
The tours allowed Stoll, on his first trip to Nebraska, to see what the Huskers had to offer their student-athletes. Stoll came away impressed. In fact, he swears if he never took the visit to Nebraska he would have never seen some of the things that he did today.
"Everything was impressive to say the least; the weight room, they have a sports science facility, the tutoring support to the academic facilities and the technology in the weight room were unbelievable. I am not sure if I would have ever seen technology like Nebraska has in the weight room had I not visited."
The Nebraska staff was up front with Stoll about the plan involving the tight end position. It's going to take some time and the right personnel to allow the coaches to take the position where they want to take it. Stoll could definitely be a key part in that plan.
"They told me that over the next few years they were going to get to multiple tight end sets," Stoll said. "They are looking for a tight end this year to play the H, some fullback, at the Y with their hand in the dirt, occasionally in the slot and just be versatile based on formation.
"I kind of see myself as a true tight end. I can go and block a defensive end or nail a middle linebacker or put my hand down and run a corner and catch a pass. I do what I can to beat the guy across from me. I consider myself a pretty good athlete. I have a 36-inch vertical jump and run a 4.6/40."
The Nebraska offer for Stoll makes lucky No. 7 for him. Prior to the offer from the Huskers was the offer from Texas. Those two teams seem to be at the top of Stoll's list with the visit today to Nebraska still impressing Stoll as he recalled everything that he experienced today.
"Obviously Nebraska is a program that I deeply respect," Stoll said. "Texas and Nebraska are very high up on my list. I definitely love Nebraska. To see the energy of 76,800 fans at a spring game and excited to watch a spring game is amazing.
"The fans were going nuts the entire game. Walking out onto that field with all of those fans gave me goosebumps. The coaching staff here is great. They're incredible as coaches and are also just great people. They commits all came over and introduced themselves to me when they found out that I got offered today. It was just a great experience."