Stanley Drawing Rave Reviews

Spencer Stanley was recognized this week as a top junior in the Fort Worth area, but that's just a little icing on the cake. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder received heaping praise on the national level for his recent performances at both the U.S. Army Junior Combine and the 2012 U.S. under-19 National Team trials.

"The team trials went well," said Spencer Stanley, who was invited to try out for the U.S. team that will take on "The World" in next year's U.S. vs. the World event. "It was great to get the opportunity to compete against the best players from across the nation. I had a really good time...and watching the seniors on the U.S.A. team inspired me to work my butt off.

"They're going to follow-up with a final meeting, so to speak, in Indianapolis which will be the next step towards making the U.S. team. I'm not sure of the specific timetable in regard to when they're going to announce the team. I think it might be in May.

"I got great one-on-one coaching at the trials. I was able to work with top coaches who have been in the NFL and college. I received plenty of personalized attention. They ran a great program and I had a blast."

Stanely was singled out by a recruiting analyst as one of the top handful of players at the team trials (held in Austin). Moreover, he was ranked in the Top 25 participants at the highly-competitive U.S. Army Junior Combine, which took place a few weeks ago in San Antonio. Finally, Stanley was featured in an article this week that detailed the dandy dozen junior Fort Worth prospects.

"I've been working hard to get quicker, faster, and stronger," Stanley said. "I wasn't pleased with how I was running (the 40-yard dash) last year, so I started training with Darvis Patton. He's a world-class sprinter and he's helped me get faster. I attribute my success to him.

"I had a great time at the Army Combine. I was competing against the best offensive and defensive linemen in the nation, and I believe I proved that I belong. I showed that I was good enough to compete with them. I just had a really good time, and I would be honored to be an Army All-American."

Stanley said that he's attending Junior Day on April 13th at SMU.

"I'm super-excited," he said.

Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss are also showing a great deal of early interest.

-Greg Powers-

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