Irish Hangin' Tough with Las Vegas OL Stanley

Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas) four-star offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley has an offensive system he is favoring in college, and Notre Dame doesn't seem to fit it. However,'s 14th-ranked offensive tackle remains interested in the program, and he told why. He also discussed his chances for making a visit to Notre Dame's campus.

Notre Dame's tradition and prestige has grabbed hold of Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas) offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, and is the major reason he continues to show interest in the Irish.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Stanley, who is's 14th-ranked offensive tackle in the 2012 class, is shying away from playing in a spread offense, but still is talking about a visit to South Bend, Ind., because of the history of the school.

"I'm planning on going there," Stanley said. "I know they really want me to come visit. They said once I go there, they think I'll fall in love with the place.

"The tradition strikes me at first, but I think I need to see more of it."

Stanley holds a bevy of offers, but he said USC, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Florida State, Oklahoma, Miami and Tennessee are the schools recruiting him the hardest. He is yet to set up a summer visit schedule, or cut his list.

"I'll probably do that in the middle of July," Stanley said. "I think (Notre Dame) might have to be an official because of scheduling. I'm going to try and hit up as many schools as I can."

Last month Stanley told he wasn't very interested in playing in a spread offense, but added his thought pattern could change.

Given time to think about his future, and how he could fit into different offensive schemes, Stanley was asked if his offensive preference has been altered.

"I most likely want to play in a pro-style, but that could change," he said. "But that is the most likely offensive I'll play in."

The tradition and academic prestige are two of the reasons Notre Dame continues to be on Stanley's radar, but there is more than that.

During the spring evaluation period Irish assistant coaches Mike Denbrock and Ed Warinner visited Bishop Gorman, and Stanley said he continues to speak regularly with the Irish coaching staff.

"I think the relationships are pretty good," he said. "We just have real good conversations about football and life."

Stanley said he doesn't plan on making a decision until after the season. Top Stories