Stock(ton) Rising

Tyler Stockton hadn't spoken to Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown since he camped in South Bend for three days over the summer, but the two parties caught up last week, and the defensive tackle from The Hun School in New Jersey likes where he stands with the Irish.

"He said they like my film a lot, my highlight tape, they just want to see my game film," Stockton explained. "He said they want to see a player's game film before they offer. I sent my game film up there, it should be up there this week, and hopefully everything will work out."

Things are working out well for Tyler Stockton elsewhere. The 6-foot-1, 290-pound first-team all-state player has been offered a scholarship by UCLA, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Villanova. Besides Notre Dame, Stockton is also hearing from Tennessee, Michigan State, Rutgers, Purdue and Virginia Tech.

This past fall, Stockton racked up 73 tackles, 26 of those coming for loss including 11 sacks. He also forced four fumbles, recovered three more, batted three passes and blocked a kick.

"My quickness, my aggressiveness, my speed off the ball, my explosion," Stockton listed of what college coaches tell him they like about his play. He can also bench press 350 pounds, squat 500 pounds, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds.

At The Hun School, where they finished 9-0 and won a League Championship, Stockton said they play in 3-4, 4-3 and 5-2 formations. The Irish are also interested in his teammate, defensive end Anthony LaLota.

"I like (nose guard) because as soon as the center snaps the ball I'm right in his face," Stockton said. "I like to cause havoc and force fumbles. I like playing either d-tackle or nose guard, as long as I get to play."

While Stockton is capable of causing a lot of damage from his interior defensive line position, that wasn't the first thing the Notre Dame coaching staff noticed about him when seeing him in person.

"I can also long snap," Stockton stated. "That's how Notre Dame first became interested in me at their summer camp, because of my long snapping ability."

While at camp, Stockton got to know defensive line coach Jappy Oliver and offensive line coach John Latina, as well as Brown.

"I liked it a lot," Stockton said. "It was everything I thought it would be. I saw the Golden Dome, the stadium, the players locker room, it was an honor to go.

"I'm definitely interested in Notre Dame. You'll not only be playing for a championship contender football team if you go there, but academically you'll be playing for one of the best too."

Stockton has a 3.0 GPA and at this point says he has no favorites. He has also camped at North Carolina and took in a game at Rutgers with the campus being so close to home. As of right now, Stockton doesn't have any visits planned for the spring or summer.

"I'm not sure yet," Stockton said of when he plans to make a decision. "I want to do it before my senior season, maybe in the summer. But if I'm still not sure where I want to go, maybe I'll take my five official visits.

"I'm looking for good academics, a stable program and good coaches, good people, and a good atmosphere."

Stockton said he'll call Brown back later this week, if he doesn't hear from the Irish first.

"I like him a lot. He was really up front with me. He's a good guy and he cares."


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