Stanley Ready for ND

Ronnie Stanley knows he'll soon be leaving the comfort of home for the rigors of Notre Dame. How have things been for the Las Vegas native? We have the latest before he reports.

With June approaching, Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gorman offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley is counting down the days until he leaves for his new home in South Bend (IN) and the campus of Notre Dame.

How have things been going for the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Stanley?

"Everything is going real well," said Stanley. "I've been working out and conditioning and training for the offseason."

It's been few months since Stanley and his future teammates signed their National Letters of Intent buy that does not mean he's been out of contact with coaches or future teammates.

"I've had Notre Dame's stay in contact with me from everything like Facebook, text messages, phone calls and home visits," said Stanley. "I've also been talking a lot with Mark Harrell and Sheldon Day.

"I've been staying in contact with (offensive line) coach (Harry) Hiestand and (Mike) Denbrock."

Stanley knew going in he would have a new position coach and communication over the past few months have settled any fears.

"I've found coach Hiestand is a real good person and a real good coach," said Stanley. "I'm excited to go play for him and he seems to know what he's doing. From everything I've heard he's a real nice guy."

Venturing Out

Despite pressures from those around him to stay closer to home, Stanley knew having the chance to attend Notre Dame was something he couldn't pass up. How have people reacted since he officially became of member of the Irish program?

"I really get a sense that they've not seen anything like it before," said Stanley. "I'm the first football player to receive a full-ride scholarship to Notre Dame from Nevada. There are some people who wanted me to stay on the West Coast, but they understand how big of a school Notre Dame is."

As for when Stanley will report, he's making sure his final days are eventful.

"I leave here on June 14," said Stanley. "Right now it's starting to become surreal and I'm trying to make every day count until I leave."

Until then, Stanley only has one thing that concerns him.

"It's not really nerves," said Stanley. "I just want to be my best when I report and that is the only thing that matters."

How have family members reacted in these final days at home?

"They are all fine with it," said Stanley. "They are having a good time with it and are just real excited that I'm going to get the chance to go to Notre Dame."

"I'm not sure what classes I'm going to take right now," said Stanley. "You have to take one class in community service and then I get to pick one. I'm not sure what I'm going to take, maybe a math class."


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