The 6-2, 240-pound linebacker, who committed to Tennessee after visiting Knoxville just a week ago, decided to take one last visit to Los Angeles to find out more about the USC program that has produced several NFL level linebackers in recent years.
"I had been talking to them when they first got there (USC)," Stanley said. "I took my Tennessee visit and I had that one set up already. I told (the USC coaches) that I was going to come out to California and check out the school.
"School-wise it was pretty informative for me because I want to be a communication major and that is like the number one communication school in the world. They have a lot of good stuff going on right now and it was a pretty informative visit.
The visit was so successful that Stanley is now open and is considering three schools: USC, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
"I'm open right now," he said. "Signing Day is Wednesday and it will be over with, but as of right now I am open. I'm not going to sit here and sugarcoat it. As a prospect of all these schools I am open."
On his trip, Stanley got the chance to meet with Ed Orgeron and new linebacker coach Joe Barry, but for a kid that grew up in Florida, the chance to meet Monte Kiffin was a big thrill.
"It was nice to meet them in person. Coach Orgeron took me around for a while before I meet with all the other coaches," Stanley said. "He's a nice guy. He's real, real fired up about USC and the things that are going on there.
"Coach Monte Kiffin is real laidback but he's real. You can just look at him and tell that he is a real person. I also got to meet the new linebacker coach, Coach Barry, and he is a good guy too.
"I was really excited to meet (Kiffin). I just wanted a chance to shake his hand because I was a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan growing up, and Derrick Brooks was my favorite linebacker, and (Monte) was the defensive coordinator there. You hear about him and all these great things that he did for other coaches and stuff."
Like Derrick Brooks, Stanley is a speedy outside linebacker that causes headaches for opposing teams with his intensity and aggressive style of play.
"I used to watch YouTube on Derrick Brooks and I know that his success came from going in the film room and studying, so I try to do a lot of studying in the film room," said Stanley, who studies Brooks but doesn't pattern his game after him. "I try to do what I do best. He was a playmaker and I think am a playmaker too.
"As a linebacker I bring speed and I am very aggressive. I like to get a quick jump off the ball. At USC they would play me at the SAM and I would do a lot of blitzing off the edge and a lot of covering the tight end. I think it would be real exciting if I was to sign with USC and come off the edge making plays like Brian Cushing or Clay Matthews."
The success that former USC linebackers Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews and Rey Maualuga had in their rookie seasons in the NFL made a strong impression on Stanley.
"I am a big sports fan so I remember growing up and Penn State was Linebacker University, and now I think USC has taken over that tradition," he said. "They have graduated and put a lot of linebackers in the NFL the last four or five years.
"I definitely like that part of USC, that the linebackers are very successful. You see that they are going on and actually making plays in the NFL. All three of them (Cushing, Maualuga and Matthews) were impact linebackers in the league."
So with less than 48 hours until recruits can start faxing in their letters of intent, the four-star linebacker is set to examine his options and make a choice on Signing Day.
"Now it's time to just relax and start thinking about where I felt most comfortable, what the school can do for you and what you feel what your role can be on each individual team," Stanley said. "It's a long process and I am glad that it's about to be over. It's really exciting."
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