Change of plans for Stanley

Alabama hosted dozens of elite prospects during its July camp this week, but not many are ranked higher than Scout100 offensive lineman Donell Stanley. The four-star breaks down his time in Tuscaloosa and much more inside.

Latta (S.C.) offensive lineman Donell Stanley has been to Tuscaloosa before, but his last visit to The Capstone may weigh more than any of the rest.

The 6-foot-4, 312-pounder took part in one session of the Tide's camp, and it may have been all he needed.

"Coach [Chris] Rumph was like, 'Don't hurt my D-line,'" said Stanley with a laugh. "Coach [Mario] Cristobal said he was impressed and loved the way I moved and said he hopes he got to coach me."

Even if Stanley ends up at Alabama, there's a chance Cristobal won't be his position coach.

"Rumph also said he wouldn't mind me on the defensive side of the ball," the four-star admitted. "Coach [Nick] Saban thanked me for coming..."

Stanley also got to see someone from his home-state who now happens to be on the Alabama staff after a stint at Clemson.

"I didn't know Coach [Kevin] Steele was there," he admitted. "It was good to see him because I haven't talked to him since he was recruiting me the end of my freshman year."

After participating in the camp, Stanley and his family checked out some of the campus before heading home.

"Everything went well," he said. "It was really nice, we really enjoyed ourselves."

The combination of the camp, tours and the attention from Saban's staff went a long way for Stanley, though he was always high on the Tide.

"I always held Alabama high because of who they are, it's tough to say no to that program," he said. "I have a huge decision ahead of me."

Once planning to make a decision in January, the summer has resulted in pushing his timetable forward.

"I said I was going to announce it at the Under Armor game but I may do it earlier," he admitted. "To get it over with to focus on my season and school. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy this process and I'm thankful for the opportunity..."

FOX Sports NEXT/ currently ranks Stanley as the No. 5 offensive guard prospect nationally in the class of 2014.

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