Knights to Make it 10

UCF will make it double-digit commits on Friday, as the Knights are just waiting for a handshake. This commit will come in the form of a JUCO standout, Glen Stanley, who will pledge his allegiance to UCF when he talks with Coach O'Leary. This will be a homecoming of sorts for Stanley, who is thrilled to be back in the Central Florida area.

UCF and Glen Stanley; it's a match made in heaven. The Knights need an experienced linebacker for the 2010 season and Stanley, an Ocala native, wanted to return home. Both sides will get exactly what they wanted on Friday, when Stanley drives down to Orlando to meet with Coach George O'Leary.

"I've already committed but I haven't talked to George O'Leary about it yet," Stanley told InsideKnights.com. "I'm planning on driving down from Ocala on Friday to shake his hand and let him know I'm committed to the Knights."

Stanley thinks that UCF is the perfect fit for him.

"It's a great situation. Most of their linebackers are upperclassmen this year, but when I get there they'll be underclassmen, so I'll be ready to step up, I already have some game experience."

Planning to arrive in January, Stanley will be coming from the JUCO ranks but he also has FBS experience as well. Originally a Bowling Green commit, Stanley thrived as a true freshman for the falcons.

"The first game I started there against Eastern Michigan, I had 18 tackles. It was a wild game, I just ran around because I didn't know all the plays, but I played hard. Some coaches were mad at me, but it was a good game."

UCF is getting more than just a player with some experience though in Stanley. The Ocala native has life experience and will not take anything for granted in Orlando. He has traveled away from home, has missed a year of football because he couldn't get paperwork filed in time, and has a daughter to support. All of this has made the eager young man appreciate his situation all the more.

"When I was in high school I didn't have too many offers from Florida teams, but I had a cousin that went to Bowling Green the year before. It was a nice atmosphere but it was far away from home. I have a little girl and it was just far from my family. I was going to try to move back and go to USF but I got my release too late. So I was taking care of grades at Central Florida Community College at home and I got a call from an old Bowling Green coach who had a friend at Eastern Arizona Community College. It's great to be back in the grove of things."

Stanley, who said it took him a little while to get back in shape, had a good spring at Eastern Arizona C.C. and is heading back west this Sunday. He feels that he's part of a talented team but he cannot wait to head back to Central Florida in 2010.

"It's going to be great coming back home, I might move my family down to Orlando when I get there," said Stanley, who acknowledged UCF's location was a huge draw for him. "It's probably the main reason I committed there. It's close to home, probably just an hour away."

Stanley and his family aren't the only ones who are excited about his return to the area. Coach Collins, who recruited Stanley, was apparently happy when he received Stanley's verbal.

"He was excited. He said they need a linebacker and the timing was great. He's a great guy, he gives off a great vibe and is a people person. He just doesn't want you to succeed in football but in the classroom too, you just get a good vibe when talking to him."

A nice campus that will act as a home away from home certainly didn't hurt either.

"The campus at UCF has changed a lot. Compared to where I am not now, it's humongous. Everyone was nice and friendly when I visited earlier. It's like a football town there, they have nice dorms for the players, a field house, a practice field, a weight room and a stadium all right by each other."

When Stanley arrives on campus in January, he will be expected to come in and contribute for UCF immediately. For the Knights, this 6'2", 245 lb. linebacker should make an impact and it should be a win-win situation for both UCF and Stanley as he returns to Florida. For Stanley, home-sweet-home has taken on a new meaning.


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