C.J. Stalker (pictured above #15) is a 6′ 3″ 230 lb. linebacker from a familiar place, West Chester, Ohio. That’s the same school that has sent us Kyle Meadows and just recently, Mikel Horton. C.J. is ranked by Rivals.com as the 19th best inside linebacker in the country and a 5.6 3-star. I had a very good conversation with him Tuesday night and here is what he had to say.
WBN: Hey C.J, How are you?
C.J.: I’m good how are you?
WBN: so, let’s get right to it. How’s the recruiting process been going for you this year?
C.J.: You know, it been really incredible, it’s incredibly humbling to me. Each time I get an offer regardless of the school, it doesn’t really matter it’s just extremely humbling and just knowing that we have workouts at 6 in the morning every single day and I’ve really busted my tail and just seeing that paying off and coaches taking notice, it just an incredible feeling.
WBN: Have you taken any visits lately?
C.J.: yes sir, just this past spring I was at Illinois, West Virginia, Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio St., Michigan and Vanderbilt.
WBN: What are you looking for in a program?
C.J.: you know, my mother’s been in education for 30 plus years and it’s been incredibly hard on my brother and I. If we had any grades that were a B or C, that wouldn’t have been a very good thing. If we weren’t on the honor role or maintain a certain GPA, then we couldn’t play for that time period until the grade was raised so that was something that was strictly enforced upon my brother and I and it was mutually understood from the very beginning. It was understood by both my brother and I and we never had an issue with that because it was such a big thing in my family. But really, coming up through that academics were a huge thing, it just a huge aspect. Guys have dreams of playing on Sundays but at the end of the day you have to be real with yourself and realize only a few guys will make in to the NFL and the ones that do will be lucky to get maybe 2 or 3 years out of it at most. You have a lot more years of your life ahead of you so what are you going to do with that time period, you have to have a degree to fall back on. Academics really support that theory and that’s the biggest thing, finding the best degree and finding a school where academics are a top priority.