Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national scene has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon, as the hype continues to build for this year’s games: Dec. 14 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and three others taking place at the same venue, on Jan. 18 and on Jan. 25, also a spring edition of the action on May 17.
To gain a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps now it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
Jack Stoll from Regis Jesuit (CO) is the focus this time around. And rightfully so. As a member of the Class of 2016, he ended up with five receptions for 68 yards to help North defeat South, 35-0, in a game at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium.
All the while, on the same field, Stoll managed to hold his own with the likes of Arizona commit J.J. Taylor, Oregon State commit Artavis Pierce, Clemson commit Zerrick Cooper, South Florida commit Chris Oladokun and Pac-12 Conference target D.J. Davidson.
As much as things change, others stay the same. Stoll is a good example of that. The 6-foot-4 and 250-pound senior tight end is still getting the job done, only now at Nebraska. He’ll line up against Rutgers on Oct. 17 in a Big Ten Conference game at 12 p.m. (EST).
After overcoming a somewhat troublesome injury, a setback that kept him out for more than month, Stoll appeared to be back at full strength last week for the Cornhuskers when he came down with two receptions for 21 yards in a 24-17 conference loss to Minnesota.
Having cracked the starting lineup as a freshman, Stoll did not relinquish the role as a sophomore or junior, a streak of 24 consecutive starts at one point. Three times he was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List, an honor given to the nation’s top tight end.
Next stop for him could be the NFL Scouting Combine. Then, of course, the NFL Draft looms large. Or perhaps, he’ll take the undrafted free agent route to reach the next level. Regardless, not long ago, Stoll made headlines during the brand’s All-American Bowl in Florida.