June 19, 2007

Spartan camper gets first BCS offer

When you the son of a former NFL quarterback it helps to open some doors on the recruiting trail. With that said, it is still up to the individula player to show he has the skills to play at the next level. That is what quarterback Zack Stoudt of Dublin-Coffman High School in Ohio is currently working on.

SpartanMag.com caught up with Stoudt last night. As we mentioned above, Zach is the son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt. Cliff Stoudt was a standout for Youngstown State back in the mid-1970's and had a 13-year pro career in the NFL and USFL.

When we spoke with Stoudt he was in the car on the road from North Carolina State University to the University of Alabama. He gave us a quick re-cap of his travels as of late.

"So far I have camped at Michigan State, Ohio State, North Carolina, Louisville, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State. Alabama is next."

One of the reasons Stoudt is being so aggressive in hitting the camp trail is that he was injured last fall and was unable to showcase his abilities. Stoudt tore his MCL and missed a majority of the season. He finished his junior campaign completing just 30 of 45 pass attempts for 305 yards and two touchdowns.

So what type of feedback has he gotten from the teams he has already camped at?

"I just spoke with the University of Pittsburg and they told me that they had their coaches meeting and they have decided to offer me a scholarship. I was excited to hear that. The other teams are pretty much all saying he same thing, they like me and want to see how I play this fall. I can understand that."

As far as Michigan State, Stoudt indicated that the Spartans keep in regular contact and he enjoyed his brief stay in East Lansing.

"Coach (Mike) Tressel keeps in-touch all the time by texting me. I liked Michigan State when I went there. The campus was nice and the facilities were amazing. I also liked working with the coaches," Stoudt said.

Stoudt currently stands at 6-foot-4.5 and has been weighing in at slightly over 200-pounds. His proto-typical size as well as his family background makes him one of the players who really has a chance to blow-up this fall.

Playing for the Dublin-Coffman Shamrocks should also help Stoudt get plenty of exposure. Dublin-Coffman is the home of several of the top football prospects in Ohio for the class of 2008, including Michigan State linebacker recruit Steve Gardiner. Stoudt will likely be throwing passes to Gardiner out of the backfield and downfield to wide receivers Jake Stonebruner (Ohio State) and Trey Fairchild (Syracuse).

As far as a timetable for making a college selection, Stoudt indicated that he is not in a hurry to make his choice.

"I am definitely going to see what happens this fall. I have gotten a lot of positive feedback from coaches so I will just wait things out."

SpartanMag.com will continue to touch base with Stoudt in the coming months. As we stated above, Stoudt could really have his recruiting stock shoot-up this fall if he performs well. Considering he has a strong supporting cast, a good work ethic and the right attitude, don't be surprised if Stoudt does add multiple BCS scholarship offers this fall.

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