Donell Stanley is an up-and-coming tackle prospect in the Class of 2014, and he has finally made his much anticipated decision on where he will be taking his talents. The Latta High School Star out of South Carolina will be attending South Carolina.
Fox Sports' Michael Clark reported the news:
At 6’4”, 327 pounds, Stanley has the prototypical size to play guard and should be able to become an absolute mauler for the Gamecocks.
There’s certainly no arguing his size, especially not after you roll the film on this kid and see him absolutely crushing defensive lineman. There is a chance he could bulk up even more in Columbia hitting the weights and getting on a diet plan that will make him bigger and stronger.
Despite his immense frame, Stanley is an athlete. He can move quickly and has great technique in his legs that augments his blocking ability well. Once he gets his man in his clutches, there is hardly any escaping.
Of course, Stanley isn’t the perfect prospect and does have a few areas in which he must improve. He has to work most on his stance and explosiveness, but as a raw recruit, there’s a lot to like about this youngster.
247Sports composite rankings grade the offensive lineman as a 4-star prospect and have him listed as the No. 134 overall player in his class. That would also make him the No. 10 guard in the nation, and coach Steve Spurrier is lucky to have signed the young man.
If the Gamecocks hadn’t nabbed him, it’s likely Stanley would have signed with either Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina or one of the many other prestigious programs around the nation that were interested in his talents.
It’ll be compelling to follow the career of Stanley as he makes his way to campus and begins to star under the bright lights at Williams-Brice Stadium. If he continues to succeed, it’s not a stretch to say we may one day see this kid playing on Sundays.