Stadler Cuts List to 9

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6-6, 300-pound offensive lineman Alex Stadler has narrowed down his list for the second time in as many months, as he is now down to nine schools.

“Actually, I guess it would be nine,” Stadler said. “I talked to Notre Dame today and they said they were going to offer, so that would make it nine. The other eight are Michigan, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Florida State, Duke, Boston College, Connecticut and N.C. State.”

After a busy spring and summer filled with visits to many, many schools, what is the next step for the Liberty (Bealeton, VA) standout?

“I’m probably going to take a little break until our season starts,” Stadler said. “Then I’ll probably take an official visit on September 17th, which is our open date, and go from there.”

Taking all five official visits is not a certainty here.

“I’m not real sure,” Stadler said. “I’m just going to play it by ear.”

Stadler was initially going to narrow his list to eight, but the offer from Notre Dame changed things.

“They had a staff meeting and offered two kids,” Stadler said of Notre Dame. “I was one of them, so I was pretty excited. I like the whole tradition with touchdown Jesus and everything.”

A gut feeling was a major factor as to why each of the above schools made the most recent cut. “That, and the fact that each school had something special about them,” Stadler said. “That’s why I made the list.”

Virginia and Virginia Tech

What stands out about Virginia Tech?

“They’re pretty much a national powerhouse,” Stadler said. “I think they’ll be good for a while and it sounds like a good situation down there.”

Why didn’t UVa make the cut?

“I didn’t think it was a real good fit for me,” Stadler said. “That’s pretty much all I’m going to say. It just wasn’t a good fit for me.”

Stadler will be the second Division 1A recruit for head coach Tommy Buzzo’s team next season, as 5-11, 260-pound DL Aaron Hull committed a few weeks ago to Temple.

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