Posted by Bryan Fischer
Offensive linemen are a dime a dozen but good offensive lineman are considerably difficult to come by. That's why picking South Carolina picking up not one but two commitments from the Stadnik brothers on Thursday is such a big deal.
The Greensboro (N.C.) pair of Brock and Clayton Stadnik just felt at home with the Gamecocks, who had a solid recruiting plan of going after them both equally hard which paid off in the end with the early commitments.
“We have taken so many visits and seen a lot of places,” Brock Stadnik told TheBigSpur.com. “We have met a lot of great coaches. South Carolina was always the place that Clayton and I felt the most love from their coaches. Coach (Shawn) Elliott and coach (Jay) Graham have been recruiting us since day one. We really liked that they looked at us as equal. Some schools didn’t look at us like equals like they did.”
Brock is the higher regarded of the two blockers, rated as a Top 100 player by MaxPreps' recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. He comes in at 6-foot-5, 285 pounds as a senior-to-be in high school. Clayton is expected to be an interior lineman and is 6-foot-2, 255 pounds. Both brothers held offers from East Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest while Brock held close to 20 offers overall.
“I can play any position on the line,” Clayton said. “I just get after it. I finish blocks well, good quickness, and I have good footwork. South Carolina is talking to me about center. I played my last six games last year at center and will play next year at center. They have mentioned long snapper some but me and Brock both can long snap pretty well.”
Both brothers visited during the season last year for South Carolina's upset of Alabama and were impressed by the atmosphere. The pair can't wait to run out of the tunnel to Sandstorm once they finally enroll in 2012 and appear to be shutting down recruiting for good with the recent pledge. They give the Gamecocks five commitments for the upcoming class.