JC Cornerback has great visit to Tucson

Arizona is thin at cornerback and may want to add junior college depth to a crop of very young players. The UA has already signed Kiel McDonald as a mid-year transfer and has now hosted Kevin Stanley. Tucson was Stanley's first visit and all other schools will have a lot of ground to make up.

"The standard they set is very high," Kevin Stanley said.

Stanley, a cornerback from Victor Valley JC, visited the Wildcats this past weekend and loved what he saw and heard. The staff did a great job of not only selling the program, but the school as well.

"It went real good, I enjoyed everything about the visit," Stanley said. "I learned a lot. I found out they have some pretty good academics. They have a major in sports medicine and one of the top-10 business schools in the nation."

Just as important as academics was the atmosphere surrounding the football team. Stanley came away feeling good about the coaches, players and the direction of the program. Stanley is very intrigued about what new coach Mike Stoops will bring to Arizona football.

"I really enjoyed everything about the team," Stanley said. "The players made me feel welcome and the coaches made me feel good about the future of the team. They have created a very good family atmosphere."

Stanley's list of schools is not overly impressive, but his credentials are. He had eight interceptions, 88 tackles and 20 pass break-ups. He also had 814 all-purpose return yards. For his season he was a 2nd team JC All-American as a returner and 1st team All-California as a cover corner. He was also named to JCFootball.com's Top-101 list.

Despite the great numbers his other schools are San Diego State, San Jose State, Marshall and Nevada. Obviously the lure of playing in a top conference is another plus for the Wildcats.

"I like the level of competition in the Pac-10," Stanley said. "Every player wants to play against the guys that will bring out the best in them."

Like any good cornerback Stanley does not care much for wide receivers. He loves the one-on-one battles with talented pass catchers and actually thrives out on an island.

"I like to bump receivers at the line," Stanley confessed. "I don't like to let receivers dictate me, I like to be physical and dictate the style of play to the receiver. I'm physical and fast and that's important since today's receivers are getting bigger and stronger."

Stanley's interest in Arizona began with John Mackovic's staff but increased with the hiring of Stoops. The tradition of his defenses made the prospect of playing for the Wildcats that much better.

"Early on I looked at the situation and saw that they had two senior cornerbacks and I felt that there would be an immediate opportunity to showcase myself," Stanley said. "Now that Coach Stoops is there things seem even better for me to do something for the team." Stanley is a strong, quick corner who has been overlooked by a number of schools. The fact that Arizona is his biggest school and has a coach who is known for developing defensive backs could be too much to pass up. He does not have an offer yet, but one could be coming soon as things shake out.

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