"I went down to Tuscaloosa last April, and I fell in love," said Alex Stadler. "Coach [Sparky] Woods took my dad and me around the campus. It was spring break so there weren't many people down there at the time. We drove by the stadium and I heard announcers talking from games in the past. That was something I had never seen before, and I thought that was really cool."
Stadler returned to Virginia and settled into his senior season. He took two official visits before returning to Tuscaloosa for an official visit with the Tide.
"Alabama stayed on the top of my list ever since the visit in the spring," he said. "It began to waiver a little after I took my official visit to Virginia Tech and to Notre Dame. I then went on my official to Alabama [October 1], and I completely fell in love all over again."
"My host was Kyle Bennett on my official visit. He was an awesome guy. I really enjoyed hanging out with him. I hung out with Brodie [Croyle] and a bunch of the offensive lineman as well. I got a chance to meet Taylor Pharr [OL, Tide commit] during my visit. He seems like a good guy. I met a few other recruits as well," Stadler added.
A lot of people from across the state of Virginia were surprised with Stadler's commitment to Alabama as location is always a big factor in a prospect's decision.
"It was a little difficult to tell everyone I was going all the way to Alabama to play football," he said. "I am the one who has to live with it. I wanted to make the best decision for me, and Alabama was the best fit. My parents fully support me."
"Nobody really knows what Alabama is like. They have to go down there to experience it. When I went for my official visit it was the first Alabama game I had ever been to. It was something else. People don't understand how great it is down there. When I pulled out the Alabama hat at my press conference last week, it was like someone had died. Everyone thought I would be going to Virginia Tech," Stadler added.
Recruits from across the country are taking notice of Alabama's successful season, and Stadler sees a bright future for the Tide as well.
"The program is going up and up," he said. "They are going to miss [Tyrone] Prothro, but I think they are going to do well. If they can beat Tennessee this weekend, and beat LSU in a couple of weeks, things are going to be looking really good."
"We have an awesome offensive line class, and there are a bunch of great skill position players already there. The future is looking fantastic," Stadler added.
The Tide coaching staff has impressed as he continued, "Coach Woods has been my recruiting coach. He's a real good guy. He is straight forward. He told me everything I wanted to hear. I met his family during my official visit. He is just a great guy."
"I met Coach [Bob] Connelly and Coach [Mike] Shula during my visit. Coach Connelly is a great guy. He seems to know what he is talking about. I am really looking forward to working with him. Coach Shula is a real down to earth guy. He is a young coach. I think he relates to his players a lot better than any other coach."
When asked of a return trip to Tuscaloosa Stadler replied, "I probably am not going back until the spring game."
Stadler's 6-6, 300 pound frame makes an excellent size guard or tackle in the SEC as Stadler shared, "They have told me I will play either guard or tackle. They really don't know which position I will play. I plan on maintaining the weight I am at right now. I am going to work-out extremely hard during the off-season."
Stadler carries a 3.75 GPA and recorded a 970 on the SAT.
Liberty High School has a record of 5-2 for the season.