Top-ranked offensive lineman "wide open"

Notre Dame's staff hit the road hard last weekend in the Southeast. One guy that received a visit and a scholarship offer from the Irish was Latta (S.C.) power player Donell Stanley.

The No. 1 ranked offensive guard in the 2014 class received his 14th scholarship offer when Notre Dame extended an offer to Donell Stanley last week.

"I wasn't too surprised when Notre Dame offered me," Stanley said. "I was pretty excited. I got the coaches' numbers, so I can call them soon and talk more about it. They are recruiting me to play on the offensive line. I like playing [offensive] tackle better, but I'll play anything."

Stanley said he kept a close eye on the play of Notre Dame's offensive line last season, and he liked what he saw.

"I watched Notre Dame play a lot last season, and their offensive line is pretty good. [Notre Dame quarterback] Everett Golson is from South Carolina, and he did a good job for them."

The 6-foot-4, 312-pound lineman says he's enjoying the recruiting process and is in no rush to make a decision, but when he's ready, he has a few criteria in mind.

"I'm taking things day-to-day," Stanley said. "I could commit before my senior season starts, but I also might wait. I don't have a date. I want to go to a nice, traditional program that can win games and one that has good academics. Location won't be a factor. I'm wide open to everyone."

Stanley has made trips so far to South Carolina, Clemson, LSU, Alabama, North Carolina and North Carolina State. He's in the process of choosing which spring practices he'd like to attend.

"I'm deciding where I'm going to visit soon," Stanley said. "I'm actually on the way to South Carolina right now [Saturday]. I'm going to North Carolina later this month. Other than that, I'm really sure of any others, yet."

Stanley is a four-star prospect and the No. 1 ranked offensive guard in the 2014 class.


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