GREENSBORO, N.C. | Brock Stadnik looks the part of a future franchise offensive tackle.
He’s certainly developed into one over the course of his prep career at Western Guilford (N.C.). However, the South Carolina commitment worked all offseason to put himself in position to fill that role in Columbia.
“I feel like I’ve improved greatly,” he said. “I worked on my speed and strength. I’m a lot quicker, faster and stronger, all of the above. I’ve worked really hard this offseason.”
Stadnik, who committed to USC in May along with non-identical twin Clayton, played at 6-foot-5, 275 pounds last season but weighed in at nearly 300 pounds – that’s almost all muscle, he says – when 2011 practice commenced.
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Having committed to play in the 2012 Under Armour All-America Game, he was already widely considered one of North Carolina’s best overall prospects and tackles, along with Florida commitment D.J. Humphries. However, his busy offseason may allow him to take his game to another level.
Stadnik was the first four-star prospect to choose USC in the Class of 2012. He admits there is now some pressure to go out and dominate every opponent he faces this season. Yet, he’s tried his best to ignore it.
“This year my goal is just to have fun,” said Stadnik, who will double as a nose tackle on defense. “Last year there was a lot of pressure. I was getting a lot of scholarship [offers] during the season. I’m just learning to kind of accept [the scrutiny] and do my best out there. That’s all I can do. I’m just going to leave the pressure alone.
“We just want to be strong leaders and have a good time.”
Stadnik, the son of former NFL lineman John Stadnik, has developed into a sound tackle over the course of his career. He’ll finish his career as a four-year starter on the left side, where he’s protected the quarterback’s blindside in Western Guilford’s diverse offensive attack.
“I think Brock is the best left tackle in the state of North Carolina,” Western Guilford coach Chris Causey said.
Causey was quick to compliment Stadnik on his weight management. He said that many players with his height could have easily weighed 330 pounds after the offseason break, but the brothers spent so much time dragging themselves through laborious running workouts – something that no linemen enjoy – that they are both lean and fit.
That’s helped Stadnik become even more athletic.
“I’ve seen improvement all along, but I really think his feet continue to get better,” Causey said. “I think that’s the big thing. We throw the football, and we’re going to run behind those two big [brothers], but we always need somebody to protect the blindside. He’s gotten bigger and stronger, but I think his feet have gotten tremendously better. His hands have gotten better, too.”