Stadler, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle from Bealeton (Va.) Liberty, thought highly of both visits despite their strong differences.
"They were both different, but in good ways," said Stadler. "Notre Dame has more tradition and things like that. Whereas Tech, their fans are rowdy and in your face type of deal. Both campuses were extremely nice. Both are great academic schools. Both trips went really well."
The one aspect that seemed favorable to Stadler while in Blacksburg was the Hokies' depth chart, which appears wide open at offensive line after this season.
"[I really liked] the offensive line situation," said Stadler. "They graduate four starters this year on the o-line. So the chance for me to come in and play early is going to be huge. That's definitely going to factor into my decision."
This upcoming weekend, Stadler heads to Alabama for his third official visit. He's uncertain whether he will use his remaining two official slots or just end his recruitment shortly after his Tuscaloosa stay.
"I'm not sure," said Stadler. "I'm going to come back after the Alabama trip, sit down, and discuss everything. I might pick one of those three or if I don't feel comfortable then I'll take those final two."
Stadler, who lacks candidates for his final two official visits, admits Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, and Alabama are above the pack, but denies a leader among the three. He did, however, reveal he liked what's going on in Virginia Tech's football program.
"I really like them," said Stadler. "I came away from that trip feeling really good about the whole thing and really good about the situation there."
With a Scout.com four-star recruit anchoring the offensive line, Liberty High School remains undefeated with a 3-0 record. Most recently they defeated rival Culpeper County 37-7.