Stoltz Puts Visit on Hold

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Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, AR) linebacker Matt Stoltz would like to have made his official visit to Virginia this weekend for the game against Florida State. Because of a game late Friday night, both he and UVA defensive coordinator Al Golden felt it would be best to push back the date.

“I talked with Coach Golden and we are going to push back the date,” said the 6-3, 235 pound Stoltz. He is being recruited as an inside linebacker. “I wanted to go at first, but the more I thought about it, I would only be able to get there on Saturday and I wouldn’t be able to spend as much time with the coaches either because they will be getting ready for the game. We decided it would be better not to come.”

Stoltz will likely now take his official visit to Virginia in 2004.

“Coach Golden mentioned that I could come down the weekend of January 18th for the Florida State basketball game, so I might do that,” said Stoltz. “I know I will take an official visit to Virginia. I’ll definitely take one to LSU also.”

Virginia, LSU, Tennessee, and Nebraska remain Stoltz’s top four. Arkansas is still being considered as well. Stoltz commented on his top five schools.

Tennessee has the tradition,” said Stoltz. “They are always up there competing for the national championship and they send a lot of players to the pros.

Virginia is kind of a Linebacker University. Coach Groh and Golden are great and experienced coaches.

“I like LSU’s coaching staff. They have four linebackers graduating so I could play early.

Nebraska has the tradition of great defenses.

“I still like Arkansas. They are the home school and there is wanting to play for your home school. They haven’t really talked to me too much though.”

In six games in the 2003 season, Stoltz has played well. He has led Pulaski to a 4-2 record and is confident his team can capture a state title.


Virginia connection

So how did Matt Stoltz become interested in the Cavaliers? Well, his father was a big reason.

“My dad has friends that went to Virginia and really liked it,” said Stoltz, who sent his video highlight tape to Virginia. “I became interested after