Stud(lien) Linebacker To Visit Notre Dame

When he's not racking up tackles on Friday nights during the fall, Will Studlien is a standout on the rugby field. Like football, rugby has given the talented inside linebacker from Sunbury, Ohio a chance to travel to various places throughout the country.

Three times, Studlien and his family have driven through South Bend and past Notre Dame en route to a rugby tournament. Unfortunately, they've never been able to stop and check out the campus.

"All I've seen is the Golden Dome," he said.

That will change on Sunday.

Will Studlien, who already holds scholarship offers from Akron, Illinois and Cincinnati, will visit Notre Dame for its junior day on Sunday.

"It's going to be real nice," he said. "I'm just excited to go on every visit right now.

"I want to check out the weight room, all that stuff is interesting. Check out all their football facilities and see how everything is and talk to some of their guys and coaches, and see if they like me and what not.

"It will be just a great experience to check out another top college."

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Studlien received an in-school visit from Irish assistant coach Brian Polian a couple weeks ago. Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State, Boston College, Stanford, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), and Vanderbilt have all recently sent a coach to Big Walnut High.

"(Coach Polian) gave me his card and told me you can call me anytime," Studlien said. "He said we'd like to get you down sometime and we'd like to see you around the campus. He was like I can't talk to you too long, so we'll see you around."

In helping lead Big Walnut to its first state title in program history, Studlien was named Ohio's Division III co-Defensive Player of the Year. He reported around 170 tackles, a couple sacks and an interception this fall, which was down a bit from the ridiculous 204 tackles and six sacks he had as a sophomore.

"I was talking about this with one of my coaches the other day," Studlien began. "If you look at our defensive minutes from my sophomore year to junior year, they were almost half. My sophomore year we were in a lot of tight games, and this year early in the year we were blowing people out and I wasn't on the field as much in the third or fourth quarter, and our offense was more productive and out there more.

"College coaches say I can move sideline to sideline well, my lateral movement is good and I find the ball well."

Studlien, who has a GPA of 3.7, bench presses 350 pounds, and squats 450. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds.

Studlien has attended recent junior days at Illinois and Ohio State. He plans to make a return trip to Champaign next week, and may check out Penn State soon.

"I want to decide before my senior football season," Studlien stated, adding that he currently doesn't have any favorites. "I just don't want it hanging over my head for the whole year. I just want to get out there and have fun my last year and win.

"I'm just looking for good academics and a successful program." Top Stories