Clarke County’s B.J. Stabler is arguably the top offensive line prospect in Alabama for 2004 and one of the state’s elite players.
Stabler (6-5, 291, 5.1) has three early scholarship offers – Auburn, LSU and South Carolina – and has attracted quite a bit of attention this spring.
“A lot of coaches have been by to see me,” he said. “Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Georgia Tech and Middle Tennessee have come by recently. They’re all showing me a lot of interest right now.”
And where does Stabler’s interest fall?
“Auburn is my No. 1 school,” he said. “They’ve always been my favorite, but I’m trying to keep my mind open. I want to keep my options open for a while before I make any decisions.”
With good reason. Stabler said he’s seen interest grow from the likes of Miami, Florida State, Florida, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi State and Colorado in recent weeks.
“I like all of those schools,” he said. “I’m real interested in Florida State and Miami… Florida, too. I’m just looking for the best fit for me as a student and a player. My education comes first. I’m interested in mechanical engineering right now, so I’m looking at what schools have a good program for that. Then I want somewhere that has a nice campus and I feel like I fit in. I want to play for a winning football program, too. I want a chance to play for a championship.”
The most recent coaching change at Alabama has Stabler paying attention.
“I want to see how (Mike Shula) does with them,” he said. “I’ve heard some good things about him. I’ll be looking at them.”
Stabler maintains a 3.0 GPA and has scored a 15 on his first ACT attempt. He projects as a full qualifier.