April 16, 2014

Recruiting Recap: Stanley reviews USC and Clemson visits

Donell Stanley

Donell Stanley

The opening games of the season afforded Latta OL Donell Stanley the chance to take another close up look at USC and Clemson. He attended the North Carolina game in Columbia and the Georgia game in Clemson. “The game itself was good, South Carolina played well,” Stanley said of stop number one. “I talked to coach Elliott and coach Spurrier and that was real good. They were telling me how I can fit in with their program and how important I am to them and keeping me in state.” Stanley went to Clemson Friday night and stayed till Sunday. “The game was definitely real good and it was real loud there,” Stanley said. “Coach Caldwell, I got to talk to him and he was telling me that they need me up here and Clemson is the place for me.” Stanley added that he’s not just at the games as a fan, but rather he does watch the offensive line and line coaches to get a better feel for things. “I try to watch all kinds of different run blocks and pass blocks and see how it is out there for the next level, and I look at the coaches and how they are coaching the guys,” he said. He does not have a favorite line coach but said he talks the most with Elliott and Caldwell. Stanley has no other game visits planned and has not set his official visits but will with USC, Clemson, North Carolina and Alabama. He does not plan to take a fifth visit. Stanley said there is no particular order with his four schools and there’s no timetable for a decision but he plans to take his official visits first before he decides. As of Tuesday night Stanley said he had not been called by any of his recruiters this month.

WR Josh Malone of Gallatin, TN told Rivals.com he will take four of his official visits to  Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State.  The only date he has set is Georgia September 28th.  Malone was at Clemson for an unofficial visit for the Georgia game.

DB Marion Humphrey of Hoover, AL will take one of his official visits to USC his father, former Alabama star Bobby Humphrey, told 247Sports.com.  Florida State, Alabama and Mississippi State are the other top schools with Humphrey who does not plan to announce until the Under Armour Game.

Junior DE Christian Bell (6-3 220) of Hoover, AL was offered earlier in the summer by USC. He also has offers from Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Akron. He’s also hearing from Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, LSU, TCU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, NC State, UCLA and Southern Cal. Bell has not visited USC at this point but he plans to see the Gamecocks this weekend in Athens. Bell hasn’t heard from USC recruiter Grady Brown since getting the offer but feels he’s developing a close relationship with him. “I feel like coach Brown shows a lot of love for me,” Bell said. “He’s become like a father figure even though I haven’t known him for long.” Clemson scouted Bell last spring and he felt the Tigers were going to offer but they haven’t to this point. Bell said he does not have a favorite or a timetable for a decision. Last season he had 39 tackles with 3 sacks.