AJ Stockwell – Eastview HS (Apple Valley, MN)

UND has received a verbal commitment from 6-6, 275 pound offensive lineman AJ Stockwell.  Stockwell played at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN for Head Coach Kelly Sherwin.  Eastview finished the season 7-4 after losing to Wayzata in the state quarterfinals.

Stockwell has amazing upside and is considered to be a freakish hybrid type of player because of his measurables and athleticism.  He played fullback primarily, but also played TE and defensive end.  With his size and frame, it is impressive that he was athletic enough to play FB.

We project him as a offensive lineman after he puts on his college weight.  He has offensive tackle written all over him.  However, he could end up seeing the field earlier at the tight end position if his ability and depth at the position call for it.

This is a major recruiting win for UND and Coach Josh Kotelnicki in the metro area.  With Montana State and NDSU both offering scholarships and the Gophers offering a walk-on spot, this was a highly contested battle.  Stockwell attended NDSU’s summer camp and was offered shortly thereafter.  He also made an official visit to Bozeman for their 1st round playoff game against Stony Brook.

Stockwell is the 7th known verbal commitment to the 2013 recruiting class.


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11 Responses

  1. UND Fan

    Agree – this looks like a very good prospect. I can’t tell for sure by your comments – are you saying that he did not play any on the interior offensive line last year, just TE (along with FB and DE)?

    1. He appeared to line up at the TE position most of the time. It is possible he played some OT but was mostly on the end of the line, from what we could tell.


    I watched AJ play as a Junior and saw him this summer at NDSU’s camp – he is big and fast! Almost reminds me of Kleinsasser in HS – Seriously. This kid is a beast and will be a huge contributor for UND. Overall, a huge pick up for UND!
    On a sidenote, I’m a UND grad living in Fargo…. I’m embarrassed by a few UND fans going on NDSU’s blog (on inforum.com) and cutting them down on their championship run. ‘Have some class’ to whoever is doing it. Go Sioux!

    1. I agree with you. That kind of stuff is very tiresome and a waste of time. They have made two runs to the NC game, there is nothing to cut down.

      Thanks for the comment on Stockwell. He is a type of recruit that UND did not get during the past 5 recruiting seasons. This is a huge get for UND.

  3. WeAreNorthDakota

    Looks like a really interesting prospect. From that highlight tape (assuming he’s #81) he lined up at fullback a lot and it seemed like every play his guy was on the ground or 5-6 yards from the line of scrimmage. Tough to tell the level of competition but I love to see guys finish blocks like that. It’s gonna take quite a while to get his footwork to where it needs to be to be an effective pass blocking OT but I really like what I see in terms of the running game.

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