Stanley Ends Recruitment

Penn State continues to own the state of Maryland for the Class of 2009 as they grabbed another four-star player out of Gaithersburg, Md., on Tuesday in Sean Stanley, a talented defensive lineman who hails from the same city as other commits in Darrell Givens and Malcolm Willis.

Gaithersburg High School defensive end Sean Stanley gave his verbal commitment to Penn State on Tuesday after racking up over two-dozen written offers throughout the recruiting process. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound pass rusher give the Nittany Lions a man to get the quarterback off the edge to go along with the very talented secondary they've already recruited.

"I committed to Penn State today," Stanley said. "When I went to their junior day I loved it there and was just very comfortable with everything. I think I could easily spend four or five years up there. I have a great relationship with Coach Larry Johnson and really like him and think he can help get me to the next level. He's a very nice person, is family oriented and was the most interesting coach I've met. The entire coaching staff was great with me."

"I've now seen a few players from Maryland go up to Penn State this year, so that does make it a bit more comfortable for me there," Stanley added. "I also have family in Pennsylvania and it's not too far away from me which is good. Right now I'm only one credit away from graduating, so I may take it during the summer and try to graduate early so I can get a chance to play early up there."

Stanley had a message for Penn State fans…

"I'm just excited to get up there and hope that I can help carry on the tradition."

As a junior Stanley tallied 37 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks and forced 9 fumbles. Stanley earned first-team Washington-Post All-Met honors.

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