Top Target: Matt Stoltz

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Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Arkansas) middle linebacker Matt Stoltz is considered one of, if not the top prospect in the state of Arkansas. He is definitely one of the top targets of the University of Virginia, who hope to receive an official visit this fall.

As of right now, the Cavaliers are in good shape.

“My top five, in no particular order, are Arkansas, Virginia, LSU, Nebraska, and Tennessee,” said Stoltz, who has received 11 official offers. “I think I will take official visits after my season, and it will likely be to these schools.”

Stoltz initiated the contact between himself and UVA, sending the Cavalier coaches a video tape of himself upon the urging of his father.

Virginia’s academic reputation along with testimonials from his father were reasons why Stoltz decided to send a video tape. Coach Groh and company responded quickly with an official scholarship offer.

“My father said I should send a tape to them because they are a great school, and one of his best friends went there and loved it,” said Stoltz. “I also heard from a lot of people around here who have gone to Virginia, and they had great things to say too. Virginia’s also a great academic school and a rising program, which is why I sent the tape. I’ve heard nothing but good things about UVA.”

Although he has never visited Charlottesville, Stoltz intends to try and make an unofficial trip later this summer. He has been to camps at Oklahoma and Tennessee, and has unofficially visited Oklahoma State.

A terrific middle linebacker, the 6-3, 235 pound Stoltz combines great physical tools with a great mental game.

“Matt can really run sideline to sideline,” said Pulaski head coach Kevin Kelly. “He was recently timed at 4.59 in the 40 yard dash. He just gets to the ball very quickly. When he gets to the ball, he punishes opposing players – whether it is a wide receiver coming across the middle or a running back.”

Playing middle linebacker enables Stoltz to use his mind and his physical tools, which is what really appeals to him about the position.

“You have to be real smart out there,” said Stoltz. “Last year, I was able to send a signal to the sideline that I was going to blitz if I saw something. I had freedom out there. My favorite thing about playing middle linebacker is having control of the defense…and hitting.”

As a junior, Stoltz made 103 tackles

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