NC State still has a lot of work remaining with prospects in the Class of 2011, but this is the time to start looking ahead as well.
The Pack is taking a hard look at Greensboro (NC) Western Guilford offensive tackle Brock Stadnik, as are several other schools. Stadnik already has offers from Maryland, South Carolina and Wake Forest, so he has done a great job of getting his name out there early in the recruiting process.
His twin brother, Clayton Stadnik, is also a potential college-caliber tight end prospect from Western Guilford, and though he does not have any offers yet, he is getting some looks from colleges. The twin brothers want to go to school together as a packaged deal, so whichever school gives them the opportunity to do that will have a clear advantage.
"I'm still very open right now," Stadnik told Pack Pride. "My twin brother's also a Division I prospect and we want to play together [in college] someday as a packaged deal. I've got a little more attention than he has so far but he's right around the corner. I believe we can make a major impact together on some team. It would be much easier for our parents to come see our games and it would be nice to just be together for college."
As you might imagine the Stadnik brothers are key components in what Western Guilford is trying to accomplish this year. Though their regular season didn't get off to a great start last week they believe they can rebound quickly.
"We had our first game last Friday and we lost 34-14," [Brock] Stadnik explained. "It was just a very bad game. We had our jamboree the week before and destroyed both teams in that. Friday was just a very bad night for the team. We didn't really come together. Me and my brother had a pretty good game but as a team we've got to get better."
Though NC State has not offered a scholarship yet there's a pretty good chance that one will be on the way later this year or next year. Early offers can foreshadow other offers, and with three verbal offers in hand Stadnik figures to be a hot commodity.
"NC State had a scout that came to the school last year," he recalled. "I don't know his exact name but he showed some interest in me and my brother Clayton. We haven't been there [to State] but I know NC State's a great school. Right now my options are really open and I think State would be a great choice."
This summer Stadnik camped at Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and North Carolina. He said he performed well at each of those camps but he really stood out at Wake Forest. Their coaches gave him a verbal offer after his performance there.
"There are four schools that I have high interest in now," he admitted. "There are still others that I'm looking at and it's not like I've narrowed it to these four for good, but right now I really like Clemson, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Wake Forest.
"At Wake Forest I enjoy the family atmosphere. I just feel very comfortable there.
"With South Carolina I enjoy talking to the offensive line coach. He just seems like a great guy.
"Notre Dame is amazing. They have a great campus and a great football tradition.
"Clemson is good because I also feel the family atmosphere there. Any of those schools would be fantastic and they're all on my list, but I'll still be looking at other schools too."
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