It came down to an old Big 12 recruiting battle for Aurora, Colo., tight end Jack Stoll.
He had Nebraska and Texas as his two finalists before he shut things down on June 24, 2015, and committed to the Huskers. NU had targeted him since he visited for the 2015 Spring Game. During that trip, Stoll received an offer from the Huskers.
He returned a couple weeks later for Big Red Weekend.
That second visit played a big part in him selecting the Huskers, as he said he had "a gut feeling" during it that he didn't have elsewhere.
"There was just something special about Nebraska and Lincoln," said Stoll in an interview with The World-Herald after he committed.
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf was Stoll's lead recruiter. His promise that NU would continue to use multiple tight ends was part of Stoll's pitch.
"They have two tight ends on the field about 60 percent of the time and one tight end on the field 95 percent of the time," Stoll said in June. "Obviously, that wasn't the main selling point, but it was one of them."
Stoll, at 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, is a consensus three-star prospect. He's also one of the nation's Top 40 tight ends, according to the 247 composite.
Stoll considers himself an all-around tight end.
“I want to knock guys on their ass,” Stoll told The World-Herald after he committed. “But I also want to catch the ball, and just be the best possible athlete I can be.”
"The Bottom Line" host Mike'l Severe sees Stoll has strengths in both catching and blocking:
"He's a real natural catcher of the ball," Severe said in this analysis of Stoll. "It's the first thing you see...He's a good blocker, real powerful kid. He finishes real well. He has a nasty streak."
Mike Riley has made the state of Colorado a big focus with the Huskers. He signed two players from there in the 2015 class. Combine Stoll with fellow commit JoJo Domann, and that's two more Coloradans heading for Lincoln in 2016.
Stoll's high school transitioned from a pro-style offense to a spread attack before his senior year. In 2015, Stoll caught 32 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns.
Stoll's cousin, Joe Burger, will be a senior linebacker at Ohio State in 2016.
Nebraska has to like his ability to be effective both as an in-line blocker and receiver who can flex out. Stoll likely will get bigger — and needs to get bigger — to handle the Big Ten size and grind. The Huskers will have three seniors at the position next season (Cethan Carter, Sam Cotton, Trey Foster), but Stoll will join redshirt freshman Matt Snyder as two of the most important pieces going forward.
Below is the tweet from when Stoll committed to the Huskers:
Photo: Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel
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