South Carolina is getting more than just an All-American offensive tackle in Western Guilford (N.C.) standout Brock Stadnik.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder, who committed to the Gamecocks earlier this year along with twin brother Clayton, has already accepted an invitation to the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game, an honor that was garnered based on his play at left tackle. However, it may not be his best position.
Stadnik is also a standout long snapper for the Hornets.
“He’s got a future not only at the next level but maybe also at the NFL level after that,” Western Guilford coach Chris Causey said of Stadnik’s long snapping ability.
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Stadnik honed his craft this summer, working with Greensboro, N.C., native Ethan Albright. He played collegiately at North Carolina and has had an extensive NFL career. Albright helped Stadnik make some positive changes to his snapping.
“I’m very good at it,” Stadnik said. “If I could snap in the NFL for 15 years that would be ideal. I can do it very well. It’s a great skill. I picked it up in the eighth grade. I continued to get better. It could be my future. You never know. I’m just trying to build as many skills as I can.”
It’s an underrated and underappreciated skill in football. By securing the services of a talented tackle who also has the potential to long snap, USC may have saved itself a scholarship down the road. Many college programs are forced to sign a long snapper to ensure there is always a competent one on the roster.
St. Pius X (Ga.) standout T.J. Holloman shouldn’t have to concern himself with taking snaps this fall.
The USC commitment played a little bit of everything last fall. His natural position is weakside linebacker, where the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder is able to use his 4.63 speed to make plays in the running and passing games. However, he also played quarterback, running back, receiver and punt returner last fall.
When St. Piux X lost its quarterback to an injury midway through the 2010 season, Holloman saved the season by instantly becoming a dynamic running quarterback. He set the school record with 250-plus rushing yards in one game.
But he’s hoping to stick to two positions this fall, linebacker and receiver.
“Unless [our quarterback] goes down again,” Holloman said with a smile. Not playing quarterback is "a good thing because it sharpens my mind for the defense.”
Holloman is likely to play linebacker at USC, which is hoping his blend of speed and size will allow him to play outside linebacker. If not, he could easily move inside.