UNC Newest Offer for Elite 2014 OL

Although he was unaware of it until last week, North Carolina is among the ten schools to have offered Donell Stanley, who is projected to be one of he top offensive line prospects in the region.

"I was concerned, so I called them and they told me they did offer me," Stanley said.

What caused the concern was the fact that UNC had been recruiting Stanley, a 6-foot-4, 312-pound offensive lineman from Latta (S.C.), and he grew up a UNC fan.

"It was something about their basketball program," Stanley said. "Plus, Raymond Felton went there and he's from my high school. So I always watched [UNC basketball]. Most of my family liked North Carolina – we weren't real crazy on South Carolina or Clemson."

Stanley doesn't envision his fandom factoring into his recruitment.

"I'm just going to see what has the best education for me and win some football games," Stanley said. "I want great coaches and atmosphere."

Also among the ten schools to have offered Stanley are Alabama, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, and South Carolina.

"I don't have any leaders right now, but I think I'll make my decision next summer, probably," Stanley said.

After learning about the UNC scholarship offer, Stanley promptly scheduled a trip to UNC. He made the visit this past Tuesday.

"They wanted me to get up there as soon as I could," said Stanley. "So I went up there with one of my coaches and one of my teammates."

The majority of Stanley's visit was about becoming familiar with UNC's campus.

"Everything was pretty cool," Stanley said. "I got a chance to go see the practice field, baseball field, and the basketball museum. I really enjoyed the basketball museum. We didn't see the Dean Dome, because it was locked."

During his stay, Stanley also met UNC's entire coaching staff. The coach he spent the most time with was primary recruiter Vic Koenning.

"He was just saying they were going to recruit me hard," Stanley said. "They said they wanted me bad. For their style and tempo, they want the best players for it."

Previously, Stanley has visited Alabama, Clemson, LSU, and South Carolina. He hopes to get to Florida by the end of the summer.

"I'm also going to try to get to as many football games as I can," Stanley said.

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