"This afternoon, my head coach at Trinity Valley got a message for me to call the Rice coaches ASAP. I called Coach (Chris) Thurmond, who recruits my area, and he offered me. He told me they really want me at Rice and that I'd be a great fit there - both with football and academics. He said they want me to commit soon, so I can possibly help them get other commitments. They said I'm a big name who will draw other players to the program."
Stanley plays both offensive and defensive line for Trinity Valley, and Rice is recruiting him on the offensive side of the ball.
"They're looking at me for either offensive tackle or center," explained Stanley. "I actually visited Rice last weekend. I got the full tour and talked with the head coach, Coach (David) Baliff. They told me to be listening for some good news in the near future, but I didn't know it would be this soon.
"I watched Rice's spring game, and it was really exciting. I love their tradition. They have a young team that's getting better. I also talked to their offensive line coach, Coach (Ronnie) Vinklarek. He's a guy I could see myself playing under for the next four years. Rice is a class act."
Does that initial offer take some pressure off?
"It relieves stess," said Stanley. "I don't have to keep asking myself when it will be, or if I deserve it. It's an honor and a privilege to get a Rice offer, and I'm just really excited. I know I'll definitely be able to play football on the next level now."
This weekend, Stanley will visit SMU for the Mustangs' Junior Day.