TE Jack Stoll makes the call for Nebraska
Nebraska's momentum on the recruiting front continued Wednesday as they landed a commitment from Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit tight end Jack Stoll.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Stoll visited for the Huskers' Spring Game in April and made a return trip to Lincoln for Big Red Weekend in mid-June. His decision came down to NU and Texas and Stoll says it was the additional recruiting trips that made him realize how special Nebraska was to him.
"Nebraska was really the first major school that I had visited and when I went up there for the spring game there were 76,000 people just going nuts," Stoll said. "I remember just being on the field before the game and just getting goosebumps. It was just this feeling of, 'Oh my gosh, I could see myself playing here for four or five years.' I just absolutely fell in love with the place as soon as I went to the spring game.
"It was just really one of the first places I had visited and I didn't realize how special of a place it was at the time. I didn't really know what that feeling about Nebraska was until I visited a couple of other schools, it was just something special for me."
Aside from loving the atmosphere in Lincoln, Stoll said NU's coaching staff, players, and offensive scheme also played a large role in his decision.
"The coaches are phenomenal, I absolutely love the coaches, the players, and the atmosphere of Nebraska," Stoll said. "I think Lincoln is a phenomenal college town and they really love their football and they seem like great, loyal fans and it's just a great environment to be in for the next four or five years of my life.
"It also doesn't hurt that they have the tight end on the field like 95-percent of the time and 67-percent of the time they have two on the field. So just all of those things really came together and really helped me to make my decision."
"So they really like my versatility of being able to catch the ball and making a play and score a touchdown, but also being able to take on the defensive end and just drive him into the dirt."
A commitment from Stoll almost came during his most recent trip to Lincoln, but he and his family decided they wanted to give it a little bit of time just to make sure they were making the right choice.
"I obviously loved the Big Red Weekend," Stoll said. "I think it was after my first night there - Friday night - after the camp I went to the hotel with my parents and said, 'Hey, there's a good chance I may commit tomorrow. I'm in love with this place.' My parents and I had a long conversation and we just kind of ended up saying that we know we love it, but let's make sure this is the right place.
"So my parents just kind of recommended, and I agreed, that we'd wait about a week to see if that feeling was still the same. This is a place where I'm going to spend the next four or five years of my life and a decision that will impact the rest of my life so we really wanted to make sure that this was 100-percent the right choice. So we waited about a week and a half from the Big Red Weekend and we just felt like today was the day and we pulled the trigger."
Nebraska tight ends coach Tavita Thompson was the lead recruiter for Stoll and has laid out exactly how he sees the Colorado native fitting into NU's offense.
Stoll broke the news to Thompson and head coach Mike Riley today and they were equally excited to hear of his decision as Stoll was to deliver it to them.
"I talked with Coach Thompson, the tight ends coach, and Coach Riley," Stoll said about informing NU of his decision. "They were obviously very ecstatic. I was so happy that I was just pacing up and down my porch and I could tell that they were having the same feeling as I was. I just felt like a kid in a candy shop and I just cannot wait to be down there.
"From talking with Coach Thompson, they are kind of recruiting me as a 'Y' type so I'll have my hand down on the line of scrimmage and I'll occasionally split out to the slot. They are recruiting me as a Y because they can see that I can block - I have pretty good blocking skills - and I can also catch the ball, be an athlete, and make a play."
Another aspect that helped cement Stoll's decision was being able to get to know current Nebraska freshmen Avery Anderson and Eric Lee, both of whom signed with the Huskers out of Colorado last year, as well as recent New Jersey linebacker commit Quayshon Alexander and 2018 tight end target and Nebraska native Cameron Jurgens.
Now that Stoll has made his decision, he says he'll be shutting his recruitment down for good and is looking to being a big asset for the Huskers as soon as he gets to Lincoln.
"I'm just shutting down my recruitment, I'm 100-percent confident in Nebraska," Stoll said. "I just love everything about it and really feel like this is honestly the place for me. Other schools might continue to try and talk to me, but I feel 100-percent strong in my decision.
"Above all, I'm just a competitor. I'm always going to strive to win, losing is not something that I take lightly. I hate to lose, I do everything I can to win. I'm just here to beat the guy in front of me. Whoever is in front of me on the football field I'm going to make sure I beat him. Whether that's knocking him into the dirt or beating him on a pass route, I'm going to beat him.
"I look forward to becoming the best tight end I can be for the team and helping us win the Big Ten and a National Championship."
Stoll is currently ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect in the state of Colorado and picked Nebraska over offers from Texas, Colorado, and Colorado State among others.
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