IE Breakdown: Ronnie Stanley

Ronnie Stanley is the latest prospect for Irish fans to be excited about, and Irisheyes.com offers its overall breakdown of the Las Vegas, Nevada-product, the 16th member of Brian Kelly's class of 2012.

GENERAL BREAKDOWN

HT – WT – SPEED: Listed at 6-foot-6, 285-pounds, Ronnie Stanley continues the trend in the type of physical build Notre Dame continues to recruit along the offensive line. Long enough to play tackle, yet physical enough to move inside if needed, Stanley will add strength and bulk once he hits Paul Longo's strength program. Who in college football doesn't want a big, physical, agile offensive lineman? Everyone does and Notre Dame got this one.

QUICKNESS – AGILITY – BALANCE: When watching Stanley on film one has to love how he grades out in these areas. Stanley does a great job of getting a balanced solid base and keeping leg drive locking into defenders while showing his agility reaching second level defenders.

STRENGTH: More physical strength will come for Stanley in his upper and lower body as he matures and enters a college strength program. High school offensive linemen built like Stanley (long armed) at times may not post huge bench press numbers. However, we also look at the explosiveness Stanley shows for the hips and feel he'll reach the level needed early in his career. Has long frame and still room for development in lower body.

BODY FLEXIBILITY: This is what makes Stanley a special player at the high school level and soon the college level. Natural bender who keeps his body under control means the possibility for future greatness.

PRODUCTION: Many look at pancake blocks as a way to measure offensive linemen. However, getting solid number on a high school player is at best a crap shoot. In watching Stanley on film you see a player capable of dominating a defender and open up running lanes.

ON THE FIELD

Stanley is a huge addition for the Irish class as Brian Kelly will see another offensive lineman capable of making an impact in his spread attack. Long and lean, Stanley has great shoulder width and the ability to get his shoulder squared at the point of attack. Stanley does a great getting down field to block second level defenders. However, in the limited pass pro plays viewed we see a player who needs to work on his initial kick step and punch.

OVERALL

Stanley is a major recruiting get for Kelly and the Irish in 2012 and maybe in the future at Bishop Gorman. Many times once a player from a program gets into a program, others want to follow. Big things will be expected out of Stanley in an Irish uniform and we fully expect him to deliver if he stays healthy during his career.


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