High on the Tide

Most prospects handle recruiting and visits all year-round, but others play multiple sports that slow the process. Still, there are different ways to take in certain events and one four-star offensive linemen did so with Alabama on Saturday and it has the Crimson Tide in good shape at this point.

Not every prospect can make it to visits during the springtime, especially those who excel on the baseball diamond.

Latta (S.C.) class of 2014 standout Donell Stanley is one of them, but it didn't stop him from checking out certain spring games over the weekend.

The four-star offensive line prospect took special attention to Alabama's annual event because of the new-look offensive front Nick Saban's team will present in 2013.

"I saw it on TV," he said. "It was one of the better spring games I saw. The O-line looked good especially after replacing the level of talent they had last year."

Stanley is one who doesn't just look at the depth chart when it comes to checking out prospective lines, he analyzes chemistry and even work ethic during his evaluation.

"Last summer, when I visited and saw the O-line work out, I was very impressed. They were very, very good and this line wasn't bad at all.

"Will be again a top O-line in the nation. The footwork was excellent."

Stanley uses college lines as both motivation and as a measuring stick to improve his own game in the process.

"I look at different O-lines to better myself and Chance (Warmack) D.J. (Fluker) and Barrett (Jones) were just awesome," he added.

With so much attention on Alabama over the weekend, its no surprise that the Crimson Tide is in good position with the junior at this point especially considering the fact that he already holds an offer from the national champs.

"It's safe to say that they're high on the list," said Stanley.

The No. 3 offensive guard prospect in the country is looking to check out Tuscaloosa in the summer along with several other programs.

"In June or July, I want to go to Alabama, Ole Miss, FSU, Florida, OSU, Tennessee, LSU, USC, Clemson and UNC," he said. "I'm trying to visit those places that aren't close to where I am now.

"I've put the recruiting on hold because baseball is my focus now."

Stanley is helping Latta in the post-season, beginning next week.

"Playoffs start Saturday and we have a shot to win it all," he said, before elaborating on his hitting capability at 6-foot-4, 312 pounds.

"I'm trying but they keep hitting me," he said with a laugh. "My on-base percentage is about perfect."

Stanley isn't expected to make any major decisions any time soon.

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