WOODBERRY FOREST, Va. – With the a few short weeks remaining until football kick off across the country, many players are itching at the opportunity to get back on the field. Four-star quarterback Lindell Stone echoes this sentiment.
“It’s been great,” Stone told Today’s U of his offseason. “I report back to my school on Friday, so really I’ve been working ever since I got done with a few college stops and really just been working the whole summer. It’s really exciting.”
After a 7-1 campaign in 2014, Stone is eager to turn in an even more impressive season this year despite what appears to be a tougher road along the way.
“I’m ready to get back with my team,” said Stone. “I think we are going to have a really good team. We have the toughest scheduled by far we’ve ever had, but I think we could have the best team we’ve ever had, so I’m really excited about our upcoming year and we’ve got a great group of guys. I’m excited.”
Standing at 6’3” and 205-pounds, Stone is listed as the No. 12 pro-style quarterback in the 2017 cycle. With a handful of schools in pursuit, Stone sees the value in spreading accountability across his entire team.
“We really want to be the most unselfish team,” said Stone. “Personally I want to serve my team best and get the job done every game.”
Stone is also getting the job done on the recruiting trail as well. As of right now, Stone claims offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Purdue, Temple, Tulane, UCLA, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
Out of those schools, one nearby program is standing out to the four-star recruit. With six visits under his belt, Virginia is a program that Stone feels a connection with thus far.
“Probably just in terms of proximity, UVA is really close to Woodberry so I’m really comfortable with the coaching staff,” said Stone. “I know coach [Steve] Fairchild really well. That’s a staff that I have come to know since the beginning of my freshman year. I feel comfortable asking them any question and I also know a lot of players and coaches there, so its somewhere I feel really comfortable. They’ve shown a lot of trust and faith in me ever since my freshman year. Just staying close to home in terms of location is has really helped out the recruiting process for me.”
In particular, Stone recalls visiting Virginia last fall as the Commodores took down No. 21-ranked Louisville by a score of 23-21.
“I was at the Louisville game last year when they upset Louisville when they were ranked,” said Stone. “I went with one of my best friends, he committed to Stanford, Clark Yarborough. We both went together and he is known about the Virginia program his whole life, some of his family went there. It was kind of cool hearing the traditions for him and hearing what the football program was all about. With the Louisville game they won and then stormed the field after. That visit was just so much fun. I got to stay with one of our buddies who went to Woodberry. He’s a an undergraduate assistant and I got to stay with him and get the vibe from the other players and really got the vibe of what its like to be a UVA football player.”
As for this fall, Stone does not have a concrete picture of what his visit schedule will look like since his high school team often plays on Saturdays. Still, Stone sees a return trip to Virginia in his future.
“This fall I’m really not sure yet,” said Stone. “I think I’m going to try to go to a Duke game and then ore than likely the UVA-Notre Dame game. We actually play a lot of games on Saturday so it’s hard to make visits to too many schools. I will have to look through my schedule to see where I’ll be able to go this fall. Its still really open right now.”
After a strong offseason, Stone has a host of division one programs interested in his talent. Whichever school does wind up with Stone figured to land a smart passer that can be trusted to make reads and audible out of plays at the line of scrimmage if so.
“I feel like I’m a really intelligent player,” said Stone. “I’ve been playing quarterback for ten years now. I know the game really well and I have had a lot of great people around that I have drawn bits and pieces from, a lot of people that I’ve come across through my years. I’m certainly a passer first but I feel like I have the ability to get a few yards for a first down or a little bit extra during a play. When you watch us play, you’ll see the balance that we have. There is a lot of changing at the line of scrimmage. I feel like I’m a pretty accurate player that can make a lot of throws. I keep improving on that and improving on my athleticism.”