14 in 14: OT Ronnie Stanley

IrishEyes.com continues its "14 in 14" series, which profiles each of the freshman enrolling this month at Notre Dame. It is running for 14 successive days, and the final few players remain. Today's focus is on former Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas) standout Ronnie Stanley.

Notre Dame's depth at offensive tackle and Ronnie Stanley's ability to adjust to the physical style of college football could be the barometers deciding whether the former Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas) standout plays in the fall.

Stanley, who arrived on campus last weekend and is enrolled, is 6-foot-6, 290 pounds and ready to play in several aspects.

"The one thing he is ready to do right now is pass protection," Bishop Gorman coach Ronnie Stanley said. "He's as athletic as any lineman in the country coming out of high school. There's not as many offensive lineman as athletic as him. He can get up and do a 360 ally-oop and then get on the football field and watch how athletic he is. He's extremely long."

However, playing on the line of scrimmage may be the hardest adjustment to make in college because of the strength needed to survived.

"Athletically, he's superior," Sanchez said. "He's done a great job in the weight room to get physically prepared. I think he's about as ready as most freshmen are, but I think that's probably the toughest position to come in and play as a freshman. I just think it's how physical it is. Are you physically strong enough to do it?"

It doesn't mean Stanley didn't work hard since signing day, or his body needs to be remade. In fact, despite playing basketball for highly-regarded Bishop Gorman, Stanley spend plenty of time in the weight room.

"He's done a great job," Sanchez said. "He's played so much basketball in his high school career which helped him become a great athlete, so it's not a negative, but the last six months he really did a great job of getting himself ready so he can compete when he gets there.

"The best thing about Ronnie is he's a team player. Whatever they want him to do, he'll do. If they want him to red-shirt, he'lll do it with a smile on his face. If they want him to play, he'll do it with a smile on his face."

Coaches like versatility, and Stanley offers it because of the offensive system Bishop Gorman ran. Rather than a strict left tackle and right tackle, Bishop Gorman plays to the side off the field it is on.

"He played right and left (tackle)," Sanchez said. "We have a tight side and a flip side, so based on the call he would be on each side. He's kick-stepped as much on the right as he did on the left."


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