As a junior Stanko played both guard and tackle for his high school and projects as a guard at the next level. Wherever he takes his impressive size and measureables (5.1 forty time, 400 pound bench, 555 pound squat, 305 pound power clean, and 26 inch vertical jump), will be getting a likely four year high school starter, a second team all-state selection as a junior, and a first team all conference and all region selection. So what makes him so successful?
"Strength in the running game is the first thing," said Stanko's father. "He's also been told coaches have noticed that he's got very powerful and quick feet and is great at pulling linemen. One thing he's been working on is his pass blocking, because he is somewhat inexperienced there."
The inexperience is mostly due to Howland's offense which throws no more than six or eight times per game. Still, despite the lack of balance, coaches have seen and contacted Stanko regularly.
"[College coaches] have told him they like his size and the fact that he weighs 300 pounds with very little feat and has broad shoulders, a small waist, and thick legs suggest he can continue to get stronger at the next level."
Being in midwest has allowed Stanko to hear from the usual regional powers. Schools such as Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Wisconsin have all been involved in a big way. Also, the Blue Devils have been sniffing around a bit to see if there is mutual interest.
"Duke is an up and coming program, and they play a very tough schedule in the ACC. We would like to visit Duke sometime this summer, perhaps. We've vacationed in North Carolina's outer banks and like the climate in NC."
Currently Stanko has received an early three star rating from Scout.com.