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Ronnie Stanley commits to Notre Dame

Dec 15, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

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Blue-chip offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley committed to Notre Dame this afternoon, adding a much needed sixteenth man to the 2012 recruiting class. The pledge, the first to the Irish since the last day of September, was important for a number of reasons, the first and foremost being the quality of player Stanley projects to be.

At a hulking six-foot-seven, 285-pounds, the Irish are reeling in another gigantic athlete, a prototype tackle that also looks to move pretty well for a player of his size. (Film here if you’re interested.) Just as importantly, he adds some certainty to a recruiting class that’s got a lot of unanswered questions, and he could help a few dominoes fall with his commitment.

Stanley took his official visit last weekend, visiting South Bend for the football awards show and immediately taking to the campus. Rumors flew at the end of last weekend that Stanley had all but committed to the Irish, with freshman wide receiver Davaris Daniels hosting Stanley on his visit and apparently doing a good job. At a small press conference at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Stanley showed a good sense of humor as well.

“Lebron took his talents to South Beach,” Stanley said. “I’m taking my talents to South Bend, Indiana.”

Stanley’s commitment added a much needed third offensive line commitment to the class, joining Taylor Decker and Mark Harrell. He also visited with Washington’s Josh Garnett, who was hosted by quarterback Andrew Hendrix, and plans on going the pre-Med route. After not having a good read on either Stanley or Garnett, the Irish have to feel like there’s a chance that both jump into the Irish recruiting class, a huge development for Brian Kelly, offensive line coach Ed Warinner and West Coast recruiting ace Mike Denbrock.

Stanley wasn’t shy on options, having chosen the Irish over Arkansas and Nebraska, while fielding offers from Auburn, Cal, Florida, Florida State, Miami, UCLA, USC, and more than a dozen others. Just as important, the Irish went into Bishop Gorman High School, the premiere football feeder school in Las Vegas, and pulled out the best player in the state. The school has Xavier Grimble at USC, Alex Turner at Stanford, Jalen Grimble at Miami, and Geoff Gibson at Cal, with four other classmates slated to accept D-I football offers.

Stanley hosts an in-home visit tonight with Warinner, a meeting that’ll likely be a lot more jovial with the news.

Photo property of the Las Vegas Sun. For a YouTube video of Stanley’s commitment to the Irish click here.

  1. irish2011 - Dec 16, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Keep them coming! We still need a RB! Got to give it to BK and staff they know how to recruit. GO IRISH!!!

    • 808raiderinparadise - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:36 PM

      Can he throw?

      Rees is the biggest position to replace. You win in college football with atheltic QB’s or you are blessed with a pocket passer like Barkley.

      Nice to see the line recruits with the big boys but the QB needs to come along to bring us to the top.

      • dickasman - Dec 16, 2011 at 6:15 PM

        For what its worth, I have this “feeling” that Gunner Kiel will sign with ND…He just wanted to be wined and dined which BK and the staff are finally getting around to doing now. He’s a born and bred ND fan like all of us doofuses. But still then where does that leave us? No way they’re going to start a freshman QB? Its gotta be Jimi Hendrix starting next year, Rees as Nate Montana, then Golson as change of pace/wildcat and Kiel redshirts. These are my predicktions.

      • trbowman - Dec 16, 2011 at 11:52 PM

        Rees > you

      • nudeman - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:28 PM

        Agree on Rees.

        I’ll make a prediction here now that will get me tons of thums down. But before you do that, remember I’m PREDICTING it; not saying it’s what makes any sense.

        Tommy Rees will be the starting QB game 1 next year.

        After Stanford, when ND Nation was ga ga over Hendrix (incl. me), I predicted Kelly would still start Rees in the Bowl. People booed me out of here, but … just sayin’ .

  2. nudeman - Dec 16, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Love the big OL/DL line recruits
    Now get Garnett and Armstead

    Still a game that’s won or lost in the trenches

  3. alsatiannd - Dec 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Those videos are funny, but don’t tell me much (I don’t know much either). 6 foot 7 vs. 5 foot 10 looks more like The Giant chasing a bunch of Jacks (Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum).

    • nudeman - Dec 16, 2011 at 1:05 PM

      Precisely why some (not all) of thes 4 and 5 star rating are meaningless

  4. heartmdfornd - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Great to get a player out of Gorman. Great Catholic school with a very strong sports program. Can only help future recruiting from there. Same school that DeMarco Murray from the Cowboys went to.

    • bgnd91 - Dec 16, 2011 at 7:43 PM

      went there my frosh/soph year. I think the year demarco graduated, 4 or 5 other guys went out on D-I scholarships as well. Keola Antolin, formally of Arizona, went there as well. Program got a lot stronger after I left and as Keith mentioned in his article, they send 4 or 5 guys a year to BCS schools. Absolutely would be a great place to add a pipeline.

  5. heartmdfornd - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/12/15/2651228/greenberry-looking-golden.html Nice write up in the Fresno paper on Deontay Greenberry today.

    • nudeman - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:39 PM

      They need this guy badly.
      I hope he doesn’t waiver.

      • leftcoastirishfan - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:51 PM

        This would be a great opprotunity for a member of the ND coaching staff to take a trip to the Home Depot Center, watch the game and congradulate Deontay after it. I know for a fact Greenberry has intrest in SC. He has freinds playing there. It’s well known around Fresno how bad of an idea is was to trip the cousins out for the SC game. Losing the game made it that much worse. They had friends on the opposite side line. Tee is solid, Greenberry is not. Come on out Kelly the weather is nice. Greenberry would have instant impact!!

    • oldestguard - Dec 16, 2011 at 3:14 PM

      Great article. He’s listed as a “soft verbal” to ND in scout.com – whatever that means.

      Hoping he gets on board and takes aim at all of MF’s records.

      Kudos to Devaris for hosting Stanley and getting a commit !

      • dickasman - Dec 16, 2011 at 6:11 PM

        Oh yeah soft verbal? Give him some viagra and make it HARRRDDDD ORAL DAM IT!!!

  6. dickasman - Dec 16, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    How many co ed females and $$$ do you think Kiffin will offer him?

  7. joeschu - Dec 16, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    At least BK lets Hendrix contribute on recruiting.

  8. 1historian - Dec 16, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Dickasman – the plural of ‘doofus’ is ‘doofi’.

    Didn’t you get the memo?

  9. 1historian - Dec 16, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    2013

  10. trbowman - Dec 16, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    “Lebron took his talents to South Beach,” Stanley said. “I’m taking my talents to South Bend, Indiana.”

    Hope that means you can get it done in the fourth quarter.

    Welcome aboard.

  11. barneyzonk - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    nudeman when the lord made people he made some skinny ones and some fat ones at that time i dont thinkthat he said fat ones will not be allowed to coach college footbal or that skinny ones couldnt coach sumo wrestling please sir keep your morbidly obese comments to yourselfcharlie is no threat to anyone in south bend is he?one more year and you will be talking the same way about bkl

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