The Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas) offensive tackle, who is the 13th-rated player at his position in Scout.com's 2012 class, added he likely is a long way from making his decision.
The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Stanley is also considering Washington, UCLA, Nebraska, Florida State, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and Oklahoma, and he acknowledged it was not easy getting from a few dozen schools to 12.
"It was really hard because all the schools that offered me, they're really good schools," Stanley said. "It was a really hard decision because I could see myself going to any of them."
In the past, Stanley talked about his desire to play in one style of offense, although it differs from Notre Dame's spread offense. However, he said a spread offense isn't a deal breaker.
"I would like to play in a pro-style, but if the school I choose doesn't have pro-style, then that's just how it is, I guess," Stanley said. "It's not everything."
There is also plenty of time for him to sort things out since he doesn't plan on making a decision until after he makes his official visits, which should extended into January.
"I don't think I will decide until after I take all my official visits," Stanley said. "I was invited to the Marine (Corps) all-star game, so I am giving it a thought."
And while four visits still need to be set, Stanley still has one visit on his schedule.
"I'm going to Notre Dame Oct. 22 (of the USC game)," Stanley said. "It's a rivalry game and I heard it's their first night game in about 20 years."