Bealeton (Va.) Liberty offensive tackle Alex Stadler took his second official visit of the season to in-state power Virginia Tech. What did the 6-foot-6, 300-pounder think of the Hokies and their impressive 51-7 victory over Georgia Tech?
"I loved it there. You know I've always grown up a fan of there's since I was a little kid and my official was a great experience," he said. "I was hosted by Will Montgomery and it was awesome to hang out with all the linemen. He and the rest of them told me that coach Ward lets them have fun and they are a close group of guys.
"I got there on Friday night and ate at 9 p.m. with coach Ward. Then on Saturday I toured the campus and went to College Gameday. Then I got to lead the players walk to the stadium which was really cool. After the game I went out with coach Ward to eat at Beamer's Restaurant and hung out with the players. On Sunday, I woke up and ate breakfast and talked to coach Ward, Beamer and Stinespring. I also learned about the academic stuff. It was a great trip."
A big part of the Rivals250 prospect's visit was the game between the Hokies and Georgia Tech.
"It was a great game and I thought Georgia Tech seemed like they'd be a good team since they beat Auburn earlier this year, but Tech outplayed them in every facet of the game," he said. "The atmosphere at Virginia Tech was totally different compared to Notre Dame. Notre Dame has great tradition, while Tech has awesome hardcore fans.
"As for what I saw on the field, I really saw a lack of depth on the line since they are graduating four senior starters. That means there is an opportunity to play early and I think it fits me perfectly."
On Sunday, Stadler talked with the coaches.
"I had a conversation specifically with coach Beamer and coach Stinespring and they both expressed their need for me in Blacksburg," he said. "They told me how bad they like Virginia players and I had a great talk with them."
Overall the four-star prospect rated his trip to Blacksburg a 10.
"It'd be hard not to give the visit a 10," he said. "Growing up a fan of them, it was like living a dream and an incredible experience. They are definitely up there among my favorites."
How did the trip to Virginia Tech compare to Stadler's trip to South Bend last week?
"It's the same with the fans, but it was very different in good ways," he said. "Notre Dame's got the tradition and smaller school with about 8,000 kids, while Tech is bigger with 26,000. I like both styles."
This week the No. 13 offensive tackle in the country takes his third official to Alabama.
"I want to see what they have to offer and if it is pretty much the same as the other two," he said. "I'm going to check out the fans, atmosphere and my comfort level at the school. I'm looking to just have a good time and enjoy myself.