Vegas 4-Star OT Talks Tigers, Senior Year

Four-star OT Ronnie Stanley talks about a big opening night win, gives his take on recruiting, discusses the Auburn Tigers, and more.

Las Vegas, Nev.—A four-star prospect and the number 13 offensive tackle in the nation, Bishop Gorman's Ronnie Stanley , has been looking forward to the 2011 season for a number of reasons. In addition to it being his senior year, it was also the chance to put his team squarely in the talk as one of the top teams in the country.

That's because they were to open the season with perennial power Chaparral (Ariz.) last weekend and then face Armwood (Fla.) coming up this week in two key out of state games. With one in the book there's no question that Stanley and his teammates belong.

Behind the blocking of the 6-7 left tackle, running back Shaquille Powell ran for nearly 300 yards and scored six touchdowns as Bishop Gorman came back from a 14-7 halftime deficit to win going away 42-22 in the Barry Sollenberger Kickoff Classic at University of Phoenix Stadium.

"I have always blocked for Shad ever since I was a freshman," Stanley tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Everyone on our line just has to do our job and let Shaq do what he does. It has always been like that. It feels great to have a game like that and to come out fast and strong. We know that's only half of the two weeks we want to really accomplish some things. We have a real big game coming up again this Friday."

Winning the last two 4A titles in Nevada including a 40-0 win in the title game in 2010, Bishop Gorman has stepped up its schedule this season. Already with one win and another shot this Friday night at 8 p.m. central time in a game on ESPN2, Stanley said it's exciting to have opportunities like the Gaels have this year.

"I think it's really fun to get out there and play highly ranked teams to see where you are in the country," Stanley said. "We're also competing to show people that Bishop Gorman is a school that should be nationally known and that we work just as hard as anyone in the country and even harder."

Hard work is something that has made Stanley one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the country for the 2012 class. Already with over two dozen offers from top programs, he has plenty of choices on where to play his college football.

One of the programs he's taking a very close look at is the defending BCS National Champion Auburn Tigers. While he's yet to visit Auburn, Stanley said he has a good feeling about the Tigers and likes what he's seen from Gene Chizik's program.

"I just like that they have a real good tradition," Stanley said. "I've heard they've probably got the best fan base in the whole nation. I would really like to see that if I can if I decide to take an official visit there."

One of the things Stanley said he likes about Auburn is Offensive Line Coach Jeff Grimes. Considered one of the best in the college game, Grimes has made an impression already on Stanley.

"Mostly I have been talking with him from Auburn," Stanley said. "He seems nice and is a really good coach. He is probably the easiest coach to talk to. We just talk about normal stuff. That's always a good thing."

At the moment Auburn is one of a dozen schools on Stanley's list and he said he hopes to narrow things down even more as his senior year unfolds. Already with official visits scheduled to Arkansas and Notre Dame, Stanley said it's going to be tough to cut his list down from what he feels like is a can't miss group of finalists.

"I have narrowed it down to about 12 schools," Stanley said. "USC, UCLA, Washington, Florida State, Miami, Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame are on the list. I felt like all those schools I could really see myself playing at them. I just feel like those schools are always competitors and some of them that aren't as competitive as the others have really good academics. That's real important to me too."


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