Western Guilford (Greensboro, N.C.) brothers Brock and Clayton Stadnik made a 2-day unofficial visit to Virginia Tech last Friday and Saturday. Brock, a 6-5, 285-pound offensive lineman, took some time to reflect on the visit, the first time he and his brother had been to Blacksburg since a one-day camp last summer.
"We arrived on Friday. We got there around noon," Stadnik said. "We met with Coach O'Cain. Then they took us around to see the facilities. We saw the brand new locker room and the player lounge, things they were building the last time we were there. They said they are also building a new practice facility. We talked to Coach Beamer and other coaches, like Coach Newsome. We stayed in the offensive line meeting room, where he showed the offensive line film. It was cool to get the inside look. Then there was a little bit of a scrimmage. We got to see them get after it."
According to Brock, one of the main objectives of the visit was to feel more comfortable with the coaches, so having an opportunity to speak with offensive line coach Curt Newsome and head coach Frank Beamer was particularly important.
"Coach Newsome is really a great guy," Stadnik said. "He's really nice. He spoke with us and told us how he wanted us in the program. Coach Beamer, speaking with him was great. We went to his office. He had an ACC championship ring on and handed it out. It was just great to hold the ring and visualize what it would be like to be ACC champions. He told us he appreciated us coming to visit."
Overall, "It was a really good two days," Stadnik said. "We got a chance to see what Virginia Tech is all about, what the school has to offer. We left feeling pretty good about it."
The talented prospects traveled to South Carolina the weekend prior to last, and they also traveled to Raleigh recently to visit N.C. State. They are considering trips to Auburn, Florida and Tennessee in the near future.
Brock, who will be a 4-year starter on the varsity level, has been offered by Auburn, Clemson, Duke, ECU, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia. Clayton, a center prospect who stands 6-2 1/2 and weighs 255 pounds, has offers from ECU, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
"All of these are great options. I just want to pick the best school," Brock said. "I feel obligated to take more visits and build more relationships the more offers I get. But, it's very exciting."
One of the major questions here is if Brock and Clayton will attend the same school. If a decision were to come today, the answer would be yes, but a final decision on the issue has not been made.
"I kind of go back and forth," Brock said. "I'm still leaning more towards playing together. I've been leaning that way more recently."
Brock and Clayton are both on track to graduate in December, so the plan at this point is to commit by the start of the 2011 season. Brock plans to narrow his list of schools to either five or 10 over the course of the coming months. Are there any schools certain to make the cut?
"It's still kind of early, but I feel like South Carolina is up there," he answered. "I don't know exactly where. I'd say Virginia Tech is up there. I want to visit more schools to be clearer."
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