Stadnik Has Already Seen ND

Notre Dame still has some work to do on its 2011 recruiting class, but they are building a foundation for the 2012 class already. An offensive lineman to keep an eye on is for next year is Brock Stadnik from Western Guilford High School (Greensboro, N.C.)

It isn't unusual to have juniors from the Midwest visit the Notre Dame campus, but when the Irish can get one of the top offensive linemen from the South to make a trip to South Bend, it's a huge bonus. North Carolina product Brock Stadnik (6-foot-5, 280-pounds) had a chance to get a look at the Notre Dame campus last summer and he took advantage of it.

"I went to Notre Dame this summer," Stadnik said. "We always wanted to see what Notre Dame was all about. We have some family up there, so we took a trip up when one of my cousins was graduating.

"I met with coach Mike Elston. He took us around and I got to see the football facilities, the practice facilities, the academics facilities, the weight room and everything. I was very impressed. I got to go inside the stadium and I just felt all the tradition up there."

Stadnik's exposure to college campuses doesn't stop at Notre Dame. Brock has also had the opportunity to visit Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson, Wake Forest for games this fall and last summer he attended football camps at Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and North Carolina camp.

"Right now I'm at 10 offers," he said. "Maryland, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, Florida, Clemson, North Carolina, N. C. State, East Carolina, and Virginia Tech. I'm also hearing from schools like Virginia, Oregon. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Penn State, UCLA, Stanford, and Illinois.

"School have told me that I play with a mean streak, that I finish my blocks and I go until the whistle blows. They say I have great technique, the like my intensity and my work ethic. I was able to be a team captain this year.

"I have a very good coach at home," he said. "My dad (John) played professional football, so he helps me out a lot. He critiques me and tells me what I'm doing wrong and what I need to fix.

Even though Brock has a head start on the recruiting process, he isn't going to rush into a decision.

"My plan was to wait and see what the best choice would be for my family," Brock explained. "I have a twin brother (Clayton) that plays center. He's being looked at many of the same schools that have offered me. It would be interesting to see where he gets scholarship offers from and I can make a decision off that. I'd also like to take some more visits, and get a good feel for the different universities." Top Stories