Notre Dame picked up a much needed verbal commitment on Thursday when four star offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley selected Notre Dame over Arkansas and Nebraska.
Stanley, Rivals’ #19 offensive tackle and #170 overall rated recruit, became Notre Dame’s first verbal commitment since Will Mahone picked the Irish back in September. The two an a half month draught in commitments made Thursday’s news all the better for Notre Dame fans who haven’t had much to cheer about on the recruiting trail for a little while now.
While Stanley picked Notre Dame over Arkansas and Nebraska, he held offers from elite programs such as USC, Oklahoma, Oregon, Auburn, Florida, and Florida State. Stanley fits the profile of an offensive tackel to tee at 6’7″, 285 lbs and his 3.7 GPA fits the profile of a Notre Dame recruit to a tee as well.
After previously visiting his other two finalists, Stanley made his official visit to Notre Dame this past weekend where he was hosted by Davaris Daniels and got to take in the Notre Dame Awards banquet. The visit was apparently a major success for the Irish staff as it didn’t take long for Stanley to become the latest addition to this year’s recruiting class.
The Las Vegas native gives Notre Dame three offensive linemen in this year’s class joining Mark Harrell and Taylor Decker. Decker projects as a tackle like Stanley while Harrell projects as a center. Even with the talented trio on board, Notre Dame is not done recruiting along the offensive front. Josh Garnett, Rivals’ #28 overall ranked recruit, visit Notre Dame this past weekend with Stanley and remains very interested in the Irish.
Timing wise, Stanley’s commitment couldn’t have come at a better time as the Irish had hit a major lull in recruiting and were in some desperate need for some momentum. It appears as though there is a good chance Notre Dame will close strong again this year just as they did last year when Brian Kelly and staff were able to land the likes of Stephon Tuitt, Aaron Lynch, Everett Golson, and Ishaq Williams all after the season ended.
This year Notre Dame has just as many big time recruits left on the board including Gunner Kiel, Davonte Neal, Nelson Agholor, and Arik Armstead just to name a few. If the Irish are able to secure commitments from any of these headliners, Notre Dame could be in store for another strong close. Hopefully the commitment of Stanley is just the thing to get the ball rolling on another strong finish.