Stanley Looks to Make Mother Proud

Things looked solid for the Irish to land their 16th commitment from the moment Ronnie Stanley left his official visit at Notre Dame. Thursday, Stanley officially issued his verbal pledge to the Irish and spoke with him following his announcement.

With offers from programs near and far, Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley gave his verbal pledge to Notre Dame on Thursday afternoon in front of family and lifelong friends, thanking God, coaches and family.

After going through the recruiting process and taking his official visit to Notre Dame for the program's annual Banquet/Awards Show, Stanley found what he was looking for and issued his pledge less than a week after leaving campus.

"There is a story from my visit," said Stanley. "They had a video of all the moms talking about how proud they were of their kid and about all the things they accomplished when they were at Notre Dame. I couldn't help thinking about how proud my mom would be of me."

During Stanley's visit, freshman wide receiver DaVaris Daniels made an impression on the newest member of Brian Kelly's recruiting class. However, it's another friendship that has Irish fans hoping for more big news.

"I was with DaVaris Daniels," said Stanley. "We had a real good time and he was really friendly. I also was with (2012 OL prospect) Josh Garnett and we became really good friends. We still talk a lot and I'm trying to make him go to Notre Dame with me as well."

One thing the newest member of the Irish recruiting class is happy about is telling everyone he's Irish and thus removing the stress that comes from being a high profile athlete.

"I was pretty anxious to tell people," said Stanley. "It was hard holing it in. I feel a lot of stress has now been taken off my shoulders. I've been getting a lot of recruiting calls, however, I'm blessed to be in this position and to be able to attend the school of my choosing.

"It's a big relief as I can be a lot more focused on everything else now. I don't have to do manage house visits with doing homework. So it is a lot of stress off."

Coming from a high school that has sent several players to BCS (Pac-12) programs in the past few years, Stanley has another goal once he gets on campus.

"It's really exciting to think I'm the first one to come from my school and go to Notre Dame," said Stanley. "So I hope it starts a trend and I hope a lot more people come from here."

While the stress of recruiting will start to fade, Stanley knows Notre Dame brings with it another challenge.

"Notre Dame is a really good academic institution," said Stanley. "I'll have to be ready for that when I get there."

Note: would like to thank the football staff at Bishop Gorman High School for their help in covering this event. Top Stories