"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
The Stadnik household in Greensboro, North Carolina is currently two men short of fielding a complete offensive line. John Stadnik, the dad, played center in the USFL and briefly in the NFL for the Chargers. His twin sons are now following in his footsteps with Brock (6'5", 285 lbs) playing offensive tackle and Clayton (6'2", 255 lbs) as a center for Western Guilford High School.
Both boys currently hold division one offers, with Brock being the more coveted prospect so far. "Clayton has five offers right now, and he's going through the same steps as me. We're both pretty wide open right now, and we'll probably take some visits together. It's pretty exciting to be able to go through this with him," Brock said. It's a unique situation for the pair to be able to go through in the same year, and compare notes. The twins share offers from East Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
While they have a few offers in common, they aren't necessarily looking to be a package deal. "When we take visits we'll try to see where we feel most comfortable. We'll try to pick the schools that are best for us, and if we end up playing together then that's fine. It might happen," said Brock.
With seventeen current offers Brock will be most likely see his number rise, and will be able to have his pick from most schools. He currently holds a 4.2 GPA with AP courses, but says that academics won't be a huge factor in how he evaluates programs. "Most schools are going to offer top educations, and I don't really want to specialize in anything," he said. "I'm leaning towards business or marketing and all universities pretty much have that. I'll be looking more for coaches chemistry, how they treat the players, comfort level, and the environment." Michigan is one of his seventeen offers and one of the schools he will be looking to evaluate in the coming months.
Brock doesn't have a set schedule or timetable for his visits to happen yet, but does know that Michigan is a school that he wants to get to know better. "I was really excited about the Michigan offer because Michigan is pretty huge, and I really liked Jake Long growing up," he said. "As far as visits go, it's tough to get up there right now with school and everything, so I'm not sure when I'll make it up." The distance from North Carolina to Ann Arbor may hinder him from visiting now, but has helped Michigan some in his mind as well. "Michigan is a big offer too because it came from that far away this early. It's exciting to hear my name reaching places like that, and being talked about by those coaches," he said.
The combination of Brock's GPA, self-awareness, and the fact that he's a "nice kid" doesn't stop him from getting angry on the field. "A lot of people say I'm a teddy bear off the field, but when I step on the field that's when the beast comes out. I show everyone the intensity I can bring, and I leave a lot of anger on the field," he said. A 6-foot-5 teddy bear with a nasty streak that carries a 4.2 GPA has probably helped him rack up all his interest from college coaches.
While the offers continue to come in though, Brock maintains that he's open to any school, and will wait a few months to narrow everything down. "I don't really have a top group yet. I'm still trying to hear from more schools like Penn State or USC, and a few other big ones. I've been very blessed so far with the offers I have," he said. "Everyone's pretty equal, but over the summer I'll have a better understanding and a top five. That should make things easier on me, and after that I'll be able to take visits to get to know coaches better." Brock said that it's still too early to tell who will be on his top list, but that he is definitely hoping to get to know the Michigan coaches better to help him evaluate where they stand.