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Committing to Princeton was ‘No-Brainer’ for Upper St. Clair OL

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Nate Stohl.

Princeton has become an attractive option for many football prospects out of the WPIAL and the Tigers scooped up their third commitment in the class of 2025 from the area on Sunday.

Upper St. Clair offensive lineman Nate Stohl announced his commitment to Princeton on X, joining teammate Michael Albert, who committed on June 6. Stohl selected Princeton over other offers such as Army, Navy, Maine, Brown, Penn, Duquesne and others.

The two USC recruits, along with North Allegheny offensive lineman Jack Yatchenko, are the latest WPIAL athletes to pledge their future with an Ivy League program that already boasts a handful of local talents on its roster and there is a reason for that.

“Princeton is so desirable because you are truly getting the best of both worlds – high academics and great football,” Stohl told Pittsburgh Sports Now.

Academics are a top priority for Stohl, who holds a 4.2 GPA, and what better place to go than Princeton?

“Academics have played a huge role in my decision,” Stohl said. “With Princeton being the No.1 university in the country, it was a no-brainer.”

A recent official visit from June 13-15 with the Tigers secured Stohl’s commitment to the program.

“I loved the campus and have had very good experiences with the players,” Stohl said. “I wanted a high academic school with great football and Princeton felt like home.”

Although Stohl committed just over a week after Albert, he says his teammate did not play that much of a role in his decision.

“Michael has really had no effect on my decision. I had to find the best fit for me,” he said. “However, it’s great knowing I’ll have someone I’ve known my whole life there.”

Stohl – a 6-foot-3, 265-pound lineman – earned Big 56 First-Team All-Conference honors this past fall with the Panthers and is trying to improve for his senior campaign.

“I am a high-motor, physical football player. I’m working on a lot of things. I want to get faster, stronger and quicker feet,” Stohl said.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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