Four-star Austin Stogner had a big year on both sides of the ball for Prestonwood Christian last season.
At defensive end, Stogner held the starting job on the strong side and totalled 48 tackles, eight sacks, and an interception. Offensively, 6-foot-6, 235-pound athlete provided his offense with a matchup nightmare from both the tight end position and wide receiver.
Stogner’s combination of size, frame, versatility, 3.4 GPA and natural athletic ability represents a unique prospect with a sky-high ceiling. That hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Tennessee and Texas A&M represent Stogner’s top offers from his list of 21 FBS programs.
The Irish stopped by Plano while in Texas to check on Stogner, who told Irish Illustrated that he was invited to their junior day event on June 11.
“They came to my school but they really aren’t allowed to talk to you,” Stogner said. “I think Notre Dame Is a great school with great tradition, great academics, and I just can’t wait to get up there.”
Although Notre Dame will hold their Irish Invasion camp the day before that junior day, as of now, Stogner won’t be competing in any camps this summer.
Stogner said another top Texas sophomore could join him on that trip to South Bend.
“I think Grant Gunnell might be coming with me, I’m not sure, and then my parents for sure,” Stogner said. “I’m not doing any camps this summer, so I’m just coming up on (June. 11).”
Gunnell, a quarterback at St. Pius X in Houston, received an offer from the Irish last week. Having the pair of top Texas talents on campus early in the recruiting process would be a win for the Irish.
New offensive coordinator Chip Long has been impressing top tight end recruits on the trail this spring.
“They have great coaches on the staff, with coach (Chip) Long,” Stogner said. “I like him a lot. He’s one of the best in the business. He’s also the (offensive coordinator), so you know the tight end is going to be involved in what they’re doing.”
Although the distance between Plano and South Bend is significant, it appears Stogner’s parents are supportive of him heading out of state. Stogner’s father is a Baylor graduate.
“My parents, it’s my decision, so they’re with me,” Stogner said. “Being away from home, it’s really not that big of a deal. I mean, you can fly home and be home in five, or so, hours. They like (Notre Dame) a lot. They like the academics, the education you can get there.”
Heading into his summer visit tour, Stogner has an idea of which schools he’s interested in and will try to hit as many as he can manage.
“I think when I’m up there, I’m going to go to Ohio State and Michigan,” Stogner said. “Then I’m going to Florida State. I think Notre Dame is near the top. I haven't really made a list but they would be near the top. I like Oklahoma a lot and Florida State.”
Once Stogner has seen the schools on the top of his list and assesses the rest of his recruitment through his junior season, he feels confident he will be able to make a decision.
“I think I’ll make my decision next year around this time,” Stogner said.