Recruiting Spotlight: MLB/TE Wayne Stabiler, Episcopal High School
by Jace LeJeune and Alex Martin
Episcopal MLB/TE Wayne Stabiler did pretty much everything for the Episcopal Knights except collecting the tickets at the front gate for the home football games. That is how versatile Stabiler is. This year, he showed off his many talents as he made All-District not only on offense but on defense as well. Keep in mind that this is a district that is loaded with great talent as schools such as Madison Prep, Dunham, Christian Life, East Feliciana, etc. Stabiler is a pretty big guy at about 6’0, 235 pounds. What makes him unique is that he is big enough to play defensive end, but at the same time, he is quick enough to play linebacker. On offense, he can play on the offensive line and can also serve as a blocking tight end. It is not that often where you can have a big guy that can play so many positions. Louisiana Football Magazine Editor and T.V. Host Lee Brecheen had this to say about the do-everything Wayne Stabiler before the season started in our Louisiana Football Magazine Preview Issue.
“Wayne Stabiler slimmed down 30 pounds this year which has made him faster,but at the same time, gives him that size,” Brecheen said. “He has quick feet and played offensive tackle as well as linebacker for the team. He is someone that is always around the ball and can make a lot of tackles.”
Stabiler does a lot of things right. He is a good blocker, a good tackler, and he even has some really good hands as he also plays tight end and returned an interception on defense. Even though Stabiler had a really good individual season, the Knights had an up and down season going 6-5 and losing in the first round to Catholic New Iberia. Now, Stabiler’s football career is over at Episcopal and is looking to not only where he is going to play college football but the position as well. Louisiana Football Magazine’s very own Alex Martin caught up with the Episcopal Senior linebacker as he talks about his football career, hobbies after football, the player he models his game after, the signed jersey that he has from an NFL All-Pro quarterback, the music that pumps him up before a game, and so much more in today’s recruiting spotlight!
LAFM: What is your name, age, position, and school you play for?
Wayne Stabiler, 18, LB and TE, and Episcopal High School
LAFM: What is your height and weight?
6’0, 235 lbs.
LAFM: What is your GPA Score and ACT score?
3.0 GPA, 22 ACT
LAFM: What is your max bench, max squat, and 40 yard time?
Bench: 310, Squat: 435, and 4.9 40-yard dash
LAFM: How old were you when you first started playing football?
I first started playing tackle football in 2nd grade.
LAFM: What are some of your accomplishments throughout your career?
Getting 1st team All-District my senior year on both sides of the ball, making my first and last pick six my senior year are some of my accomplishments playing football.
LAFM: What are some areas to your game that you need to improve on?
I need to improve on my speed and agility.
LAFM: What are your strengths as a Linebacker?
My strength at the LB position is taking on blockers, shedding them, and making the tackle. I like when people try to run over me. They never can because I am a big person.
LAFM: What are some things you look at when you look at colleges?
I look at the views and what the campus has to offer because I am a nature person. I also look at rankings of their business school nationally.
LAFM: Out of all the games that you have played in your high school career, which game sticks out to you the most and why?
My last game ever against Catholic High New Iberia is the game that I will miss the most because it was the last game I ever played in my high school career. Also, I played really well that game because I had the most tackles on the team that game, and it was the most tackles I ever had in a game personally.
LAFM: What are some of your hobbies when the football season is over?
I love to hunt and fish, and school really takes over after football ends.
LAFM: Who is your favorite NFL Linebacker and why?
Kwon Alexander (former LSU linebacker currently with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) because I think it is so cool how I watched him throughout my high school career and now he is starting for the Tampa Bay Bucs.
LAFM: What was your favorite team growing up and why was that your favorite team?
The Pittsburgh Steelers because I had an autographed jersey from Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro quarterback).
LAFM: Do you have any pregame rituals?
I do not have any pre-game rituals.
LAFM: What is your go to pre-game meal?
Piccadilly chopped beef with fried okra and mashed potatoes.
LAFM: Who is your favorite music artist to listen to before each game?
Three Days Grace
LAFM: Is there anybody in your family that has played high school, college, or even pro football?
There is no one that has played at any higher level than high school in my family.
LAFM: What do you want to major in college?
LAFM: Who is your biggest role model?
Turner Graham because he was the Senior captain when I was a freshman.
LAFM: What is an interesting fact about you that our readers don’t know about?
I love listening to Electronic Dance Music. EDM is something that can get me pumped for a game or calm me down after it. It is just something that I love listening too.
Alex is from Cut Off, LA and is attending Louisiana State University and majoring in Sports administration with a minor in Business. He is also a graduate from South Lafourche High School. While at South Lafourche, Alex played baseball for the Tarpons earning All-District and All-Region honors. On weekends, Alex is a little league baseball coach and enjoys training youth baseball. At home, Alex enjoys time with family and friends.