"It was real nice to come back around," Stanley tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I got to hang out with the players a little bit too. I had already been on the tours and everything, but they put the jerseys out so I got to look at that. I also got to see the recreation center and look at everything in there. Everything was nice."
Spending time with former Creekside defensive coach and current Auburn staff member Travis Williams as well as former teammate Josh Holsey, Stanley said having familiar faces around is big for him as his comfort level with the staff and players on the team.
"It's definitely about the family," the 6-2, 202 Stanley said. "I have been treated the same ever since I came the first time. I got to talk to Coach (Gus) Malzahn again and he said the same things. He's just a real cool and friendly person."
With his third trip to Auburn since getting an offer from the Tigers on Feb. 17, Stanley said that even though he's still a long way from making a decision, he feels good that Malzahn's program will be in it with him for the long haul based on what he's seen and heard with two more schools making a strong push as well.
"The people recruiting me the hardest is Auburn, Georgia and Clemson," Stanley said. "I really have pressed towards anything other than that. Auburn is definitely high on my list. I'm not sure how to put it in words, but they're in there."
Planning to make his decision sometime before his senior season begins in August, Stanley said he'll use the next few weeks to continue to get a look at a few of his favorite schools before his spring practice begins and coaches from all over converge on Creekside to watch him in action.
"Saturday I'm headed to Georgia for their spring game and I'm trying to get back to Auburn next weekend, but our prom is on the same day," Stanley said. "I'm trying to figure out how that will work."