Stanley talks about Tennessee commitment

While recruiting services didn't know much about him, Eastern Arizona LB Glen Stanley (6-2, 240) had the attention of D-1 programs across the country. Over the weekend, the talented defender took a visit to Knoxville and while he was on campus he says he knew 'Rocky Top' was home sweet home...

Stanley prepped at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Florida and signed with Bowling Green out of high school in 2007.

"I started six games up there and was doing really well, but I had a little girl back home that I wanted to be closer to and that's why I asked for (and got) my release from them," Stanley told Monday afternoon. "I had hoped to transfer to one of the schools down (in Florida), but by the time I got my release it was too late so I sat out 2008. I took seven credits and just tried to keep myself in shape and then last spring my old Bowling Green coach, who I had a really good relationship with, he pointed me towards Eastern Arizona so I went out there and had a good season."

Playing all three linebacker positions as well as the weakside defensive end position, Stanley managed to post 56 tackles, 20 tackles-for-loss and eight sacks.

"I'm probably better at stopping the run," Stanley said. "I'm a sure-tackler and I use my hands well, so I think I can do it all, but stopping the run is what I do best."

With his outstanding size and speed (4.5) to go along with his production, Stanley attracted offers from across the country including Oklahoma, Arizona State, UCF, Arkansas, USC and Missouri, but it was Tennessee that was where his heart was.

"I got there it was great," Stanley said. "I had Chris Walker who is a senior defensive end there and Denarius Moore who plays wide receiver as my hosts.

"When I sat down with coach (Derek) Dooley, we were there for about 15 minutes (Sunday) and I said I wanted to be a Vol and the first thing he did was stand up and shake my hand. Then he hugged me.

"It was just the right feel and the place I saw myself playing. My little girl isn't coming up to live near me, but it's only $96 dollars from Orlando to Knoxville for them to fly so it's not that big of a deal."

Stanley is applying for a hardship to get one of his years of eligibility back, but at this point in time he will have two years to play two once he finishes the online course he's taking to get his AA degree.

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