"When I went on my visit I had a really good time. I loved a lot about California," Stanley said after his announcement. "I loved the coaches and I fell in love with Southern California.
Stanley was drawn to USC because of the strong linebacker tradition and the chance to play for new USC defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
"I remember growing up and Penn State was Linebacker University, and now I think USC has taken over that tradition," Stanley 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."
"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," Stanley said. "You hear about him and all these great things that he did for other coaches and stuff."
The 6-4, 240-pound linebacker racked up 56 tackles, 20 tackles-for-loss and eight sacks last year and projects to be a SAM linebacker in USC's system.
"As a linebacker I bring speed and I am very aggressive. I like to get a quick jump off the ball," he said. "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."
"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. I try to do what I do best. He was a playmaker and I think am a playmaker too."
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