The official rankings for the North Carolina class of 2012 won't be released for a couple of months but it's never too early to take a look at some of the best players in the state. Over the next two weeks, Pack Pride will break down 10 players that will challenge for a spot among the state's top players. Today we profile OL Brock Stadnik
OL Brock Stadnik...6-5, 290 pounds...Western Guilford High School, Greensboro, NC
The Skinny...Stadnik boasts big time size and a great frame from which to build as he makes the transition from high school to college in 2012. He is dominant on the prep level at his left tackle spot and has established himself as one of the premier linemen in the southeast.
Stadnik does a great job of locking on to the defender and completely erasing him from the play. Because of his natural strength, the rising senior can latch on and often drive defenders down the field with ease. He may not be as athletic or have the feet of a Mark Harrell or D.J. Humphries but he is as tough as anyone in the state.
Because of his tenacity and college-ready frame, Stadnik has attracted interested from across the country and has now become one of the most sought after players in the state of North Carolina.
Scholarship offers...Auburn, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
Where does the Pack stand?...Although Stadnik has yet to release a top five list, we think there's a very good chance NC State will be on there when he does over the next couple of months.
The Pack has been on him for months and was one of the initial programs to offer. Stadnik has made multiple trips to Raleigh and was on campus just a couple of weeks ago. It also helps that the Wolfpack has offered his brother Clayton as the two are very likely to sign with the same college next February.
State is going to have to stay consistent with him and continue to push to get him on campus. He's being recruited nationally which will make it tough but this is definitely one of the top five players in the state that the Pack has a realistic shot at landing.
Quote on NC State: "When we went there for the football game they played Virginia Tech and the atmosphere was what stuck out. It was pretty exciting. Going into that game I didn't realize the fans were going to be that into it. You could feel the excitement in the stadium. It's built where you're right there in the action. It was a pretty fun game to attend and a good experience."
Early thoughts...While figuring out particular favorites has been tough, it does seem that South Carolina may be quietly emerging as the team to beat. Stadnik was on hand for their win over Alabama last season and we think that had a pretty strong impact on him. We also think that Virginia Tech could be a team to watch as the Stadniks were recently in Blacksburg for a two day visit.
Early NC Top 10: No. 3 OL Brock Stadnik
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