Stanley likes to inspire youth

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Donell Stanley likes to encourage kids to be good citizens.
Donell Stanley likes to encourage kids to be good citizens.

Highly sought after South Carolina junior offensive lineman Donell Stanley has some of the top programs in the nation pursuing him for his talents on the field but his desire to be the best off the field is impressive too.

Stanley, 6-4, 320, 5.1 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Latta, South Carolina reports having 13 scholarship offers, including South Carolina, Clemson and Florida. He talked about his interest in Arkansas in Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Once his playing days are over, Stanley, who has a 3.3 grade point average and plans to major in physical education, wants to coach.

"I like to be around the game and you can help people," Stanley said. "I know I have a lot of people that look up to me. I have a younger brother and I like helping him out."

Stanley, the no. 44 rated junior prospect in the nation by Tom Lemming, embraces being a positive role model to kids.

"A lot of times after my games little kids come up and ask for my autograph, said Stanley, who reports a 340 pound bench press and 510 squat. "I like to tell them to say "Yes sir, no sir" and "Yes ma'am, no ma'am." That was the way I was raised. I just try to do the right thing. My momma taught me right."

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