Rivals 250 offensive tackle Alex Stadler has been focusing his attention recently on his high school team. The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder is currently preparing for the first game of the season on September 2nd.
"We're preparing for that and things are looking good so far," he said. "I think the team is doing really well, we lost a couple seniors, but the ones this year are stepping up. We've been knocking on the door in the playoffs before, last year losing in the regional semifinals. This year hopefully we can knock it down and get to a state championship.
"I'm just looking forward to the ride. It's the last time I take the field with my teammates and I'm looking forward to the overall experience of being a senior. I'm hoping to make all-state, but I'm focused on this team's success more than anything."
Stadler is still favoring nine schools which includes Alabama, Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina State, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.
"I'm hoping to nail down a shorter list in the next month, so that I can get ready for my officials," he said. "I don't really know who I'll go to yet, no schools stand out that I want to visit. I have to weigh everything including my overall comfort level with a school, playing time, which position I'll play and more, all that is going to factor into my decision."
The No. 7 player in Virginia hasn't totally stayed out of the recruiting loop over the past few weeks though.
"I've kept in touch with a lot of the coaches by calling them," he said. "I've called coach Woods from Alabama, coach Brown from Duke and coach Ambrose from UConn. I've just been keeping up my relationship with all the coaches this summer."
The four-star prospect was named all-district as a junior. He has a solid 3.7 GPA and 990 SAT.