It was just another night of homework for Jack Stoll on April 8 when he got a call from his head coach.
“He said, ‘Hey this coach at Texas really wants to talk to you. It sounds like it’s pretty good news,’” Stoll said. “Obviously, with it being Texas, I grabbed the phone as soon as I could and called.”
The person that picked up was new UT tight ends coach Jeff Traylor.
“We were able to have a pretty great conversation,” Stoll said. “About halfway through he said, ‘Jack, we think really highly of you and we are going to extend you a scholarship offer.’”
He’d been receiving letters from Texas for a few weeks, but this was his first verbal contact with UT.
“At the time I was just at a loss for words,” he said. “Even now I am in shock about it. It’s unbelievable to have a program like Texas have faith in me. It’s easily one of the best traditions in college football, with phenomenal fan support. They get 95,000 fans per game. It’s a phenomenal program that I think would be a great thing to be a part of.”
Stoll said that Traylor told him it was his versatility that really stood out to the Texas staff.
“He saw on my tape how versatile I was,” said the 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end. “I was lined up as an H-back. I moved to slot. I had my hand in the dirt. I lined up in the backfield. That’s the type of versatility he said they were looking for at Texas. He said he loved the versatility, the toughness, the athleticism and the great hands. He spoke very highly of me. It was great to hear.”
Stoll’s measurable are hard to ignore too. Not only does he have great size for a tight end, but he also runs a 4.68 40-yard dash and has a 36-inch vertical. That’s insane.
His quickness is something he takes pride in and feels like it helps separate him from others at his position.
“My goal is to be as fast as anyone on the defense and be able to go up and compete with anyone in the nation,” he said. “If you put me 1-on-1 I am going to find a way to beat them.”
Stoll, the No. 44 ranked TE in the country, also has offers from Nebraska, Air Force, Colorado State, Nevada, and Wyoming. But there is just something about this UT offer that really stands out to him.
“Obviously Texas, for me, is at the top of my list,” he said. “I’m extremely interested in them. With a phenomenal program like Texas offering me it’s going to open up a lot more opportunities. Texas is always going to be near the top of my list. It’s very humbling.”
One of the main competitors for UT could be Nebraska. Stoll and his family traveled to the Huskers spring game last weekend and he came away thoroughly impressed.
Texas will have a chance to impress him even more this weekend as he and his family are scheduled to take in Texas’ spring game.
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