Four-star OL looking at four

Donell Stanley once wanted to make his decision in January, but his familiarity with his top four schools and desire to focus on his senior season has him pondering a commitment sooner than later. He breaks down the favorites inside.

Four-star Latta (S.C.) offensive line standout Donell Stanley is closing in on his college decision after collecting offers from some of college football's top programs.

"I narrowed my list down to four, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Clemson in no particular order," he told Scout. "It's getting close to that time for me to commit.

"I tried to hold out until the Under Armor game, but I'm going to pull the trigger before then."

Though closing in on a choice, Stanley is still back-and-fourth with all four finalists after visiting each over the summer.

"I don't know just yet," he said with a laugh. "All the schools that offered me were great schools, it's tough, I can't lie.

"That's what's taking me so long, because I'm researching and visiting and trying to find the good, bad and the ugly."

"I've got to find a place that I will be comfortable for three to five years and would want to come back to after graduation," he continued.

Stanley may not take any other visits before the decision goes public unless he can get his mother to one of the local programs.

"No sir, I think I'm done," he said. "I'm going to try and get my mom to go to UNC and Clemson because she hasn't been there yet. But her schedule is crazy."

Stanley chimed in on each of his finalists heading into his senior football season at Latta.

Alabama: "My third offer and they've been in it along with the other two since the beginning. I mean it's Alabama, who's in the middle of dynasty right now as we speak. I love visiting and their facilities are top-notch, the coaches are very good and know what they are talking about. It's a business up there and and Alabama is a great place."

Clemson: "Clemson was my first offer and was on me the hardest early on. It's a great school with great coaches, a great program and not too far away. They're always a contender in the ACC."

North Carolina: "I've been a Tar Heel fan all my life and they have a great thing going on up there. I love their offense and the no huddle, they're making special things happen up there."

South Carolina: "USC is a great school that's close to home and has a great business program. USC is and will be a program to fear in the very near future. It has a great atmosphere, great coaches, great staff, great facilities and overall fan base." Top Stories