Stanley is getting closer

LATTA, S.C. - Earlier this month, Donell Stanley narrowed his list of possible schools to four. He spoke with FOX Sports Next about the latest developments in his recruitment.

The recruiting process has been a long one for Donell Stanley.

"I've been getting recruited going on three years," said the 6-foot-4, 312-pound Stanley. "It's an honor and a privilege. So I've tried to take advantage it and stay humble throughout the process."

After receiving scholarship offers from across the country, the four-star offensive guard is down to Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina and South Carolina – in no particular order.

"They're all not too far from home and they're all good, winning programs," Stanley said. "They're good academically, too. And every time I go to those schools, I find something new that I like."

He talked about what appeals to him at each school.

Alabama: "Alabama – it's Alabama," Stanley said. "It's a winning school and I think they do everything right. It's a place every recruit wants to get an offer from."

North Carolina: "I've been a Tar Heel fan, especially is basketball, all my life. It's a school I like – its close – and I really see them turning the program around."

South Carolina: "I've been to South Carolina probably more than any other school and I like them. I'm also pretty cool with (offensive line) coach (Shawn) Elliot and I like him as a coach. And their program is pretty good, too."

Clemson: "(Offensive line) coach (Robbie) Caldwell is recruiting me and I talk to coach (Dabo) Swinney a good bit. And Clemson is a nice place and I like it there."

Stanley will see two games this week.

"I'm going to the North Carolina-South Carolina game on Thursday and the Georgia-Clemson game on Saturday," he said. "Those are the only two games I have set up right now."

Originally, the Latta standout planned to make his decision in January. However, that may no longer be the case.

"Hopefully, I can make my decision before the season ends," said Stanley, who will try to take official visits to all four schools. "I've been telling people that I'm going to make my decision at the Under Armour (All-American) Game, but I don't think I'll wait that long."

Latta lost their season opener last week against Wagener-Salley, but will look to get back on track Friday when the take on East Clarendon.

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