From Recruit To Recruiter

Recently, a few Notre Dame hoodies and hats that Tyler Stockton ordered arrived in the mail, allowing the four-star defensive tackle to dress decked out in his future colors.

For Tyler Stockton, now it's about trying to get others to join the fold.

Perhaps the Princeton, N.J. standout can be given an assist in the Irish staff being able to land a May commitment from four-star linebacker Carlo Calabrese, who also hails from the Garden State.

"Before Carlo committed, I was talking to him ever since I came back (from the spring game)," Stockton said. He verbally committed to Charlie Weis before the Blue-Gold game in late April. "The week after I committed, I was talking to him. He had to make the decision, but I was putting good stuff in his ear, and hopefully I made his decision easier."

Stockton is trying to do the same for guys like Alex Bullard, E.J. Banks and his The Hun School teammate Anthony LaLota.

"I can't really speak for Anthony," Stockton stated. "Him and I talk. It would be great if we can play together, but he has to make the decision that's best for him. I'll be happy for him no matter what. I know he's interested, and I'm in his ear non stop and hopefully things will work out."

They certainly have for Stockton.

As a junior, Stockton made 73 tackles, with 26 of those coming for loss including 11 sacks. He also forced four fumbles, recovered three more, batted three passes and had a Trevor Laws like blocked kick. In helping The Hun to a league title, Stockton was named the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Defensive Player of the Year.

During the recruiting evaluation period last month, Notre Dame defensive line coach Jappy Oliver came by one morning and got to watch Stockton and LaLota work out.

"I know I've gotten stronger," Stockton said. "I can see my weight increase in the weight room. Before my bench was at 330, and now it's at 350. My speed has gotten better too."

Stockton will be back on Notre Dame's campus around June 29th.

"Just to hang out really, hang out with coach Oliver and meet some other players," he said. Stockton also checks in with Weis on a regular basis.

"I talked to coach Weis before he went on his trip to Iraq. We were just talking about everything in general. We were talking about his trip, and I'll be in touch with him soon about it to see how everything went."

Despite his verbal commitment, a few schools have tried to be in touch with Stockton.

"Some schools have been talking to me, but I haven't been paying attention," Stockton said. "I'm excited about my commitment, and I can't wait to come to Notre Dame and join the family."

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