C.J. Stalker has had quite the busy spring. West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West has been a revolving door the last few weeks. Oklahoma, Stanford, Oregon, Minnesota, Kentucky, Louisville, West Virginia and Virginia have all stopped by to see the three-star linebacker.
"Keeping everything open until this spring period ends and we get into the summer, and everything starts to wind down as far as recruiting goes," said Stalker. "I can get a real look at what I have."
Although Stalker is not prepared to name leaders or favorites, he does have a list of schools he will make trips to this summer.
"I don't have any set, but I know for sure I will probably be going to Virginia again, Louisville, possibly Kentucky and then maybe east to Boston College, Yale and Harvard."
The 6-foot-2, 229 pounder has already visited UVa, Louisville and Kentucky, and is very interested in each program. Stalker began his relationship with the Cavaliers back in January, when Coach Mike London and his staff offered him. Since then Stalker has built a strong relationship with defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta.
"He loves me and has since we first met. He has seen my film and has seen me grow, put some weight on and grow as a player as a whole. That is something he likes. He told me whenever I want to come down just let him know and he will set it up so I can see what I want to see, and that means a lot to me. "
"He and coach London are huge. I think they are both on pretty long contracts…and the buyout for those contracts being so large that's huge to me. The academics that come with Virginia and being in the ACC-that's huge."
Louisville will officially join Virginia in the ACC next fall, and Stalker likes how the Cardinals have begun to change perception.
"The success they have had in the last few years is great. Obviously I used to think about them strictly basketball. But in the last few years they have been ranked in the top 25, and they have transformed that as far as football goes," he explained. "It's close to home-coaches that I've had and family can come watch. That's big for me. It was a family feel when I was down there -that's really big for me."
Like Louisville, Stalker is impressed at the changes happening in Kentucky.
"Being down there as many times as I have, you can tell it is on the rise. Obviously having a groundbreaking class in 2014 and then looking to have a similar one in 2015, they are bound to have success," he stated. "Coach (Mark) Stoops is on the rise, and everything that he is doing down there as far as the coaches he has hired and getting the players down there, you can tell it is a rising program."
Stalker still plans to make his decision before the end of the summer, making every visit important moving forward.
"Each school is obviously unique. Each one is obviously different in what I am curious about and what I want to know about. (Want to see) The education and the athletic part of it -that's why I want to go back to get a mix of knowledge of both aspects.
"Finding a place that feels right, fits right and has the family vibe if you will."