One of the nation's top offensive line prospects and a top 10 player in the West region is Bellevue (Wash.) standout Stephen Schilling. Schilling first caught our eye two summers ago when he attended the NorCal Nike Camp and he has been a major force on the field ever since.
Schilling, 6-5, 290 pounds is a top five offensive line prospect nationally in our eyes and could play guard or tackle in college. At the Nike camp following his sophomore season, you could already tell the athlete would be a major prospect as he was already physically manhandling just about every player he went up against. Combine that with his massive frame and quick feet and there wasn't much Schilling lacked to be a dominant player.
Fast forward a few months later and anyone who watched Bellevue end Concord (Calif.) De la Salle's 151 game winning streak couldn't help but notice the player wearing the No. 52 jersey doing what no other lineman we had ever seen do against the Spartans, completely take apart one whole side of the defensive line basically all by himself.
"We prepared like crazy for that game and we're doing the same thing for Long Beach Poly this year," Schilling said. "That's one of the reasons I didn't do any of the camps, I wanted to stay close to home and work out with my team. We've already won four straight state titles and I'm hoping to go out with a fifth."
On the recruiting front, Schilling has four schools at the top of his list although he made a point to say they weren't his final four and a new team could sneak in there.
"USC, Michigan, Washington and Cal are my top four," Schilling said. "I want to try and take official visits to all four before I make my decision and I don't have a leader among those right now. I've taken unofficial visits to Michigan, USC and Washington already and I want to see Cal as well.
"I tried to go back and visit USC again in the summer because I didn't get to spend that much time there the first time. I had a 6:00 AM flight that I was on stand by for and couldn't get on. I tried to stand by on four other flights and was at the airport for like 12 hours before I gave up. I'm very interested in going back there and the coaches have been great with me.
"Right now, my focus is on our team and I won't take any trips during the season. After football, I'll turn my focus to recruiting but I also play on the basketball team so it might be tough to fit in all my trips but I know I want to take at least three for sure before I make a decision. Like I said before, right now, I don't have a leader or any one school that is standing out."