Prized offensive lineman Donell Stanley picks Gamecocks over Clemson, Alabama, UNC

GAVIN JACKSON/ MORNING NEWS Latta's Donell Stanley.

The South Carolina Gamecocks landed one of the state’s biggest prospects, in terms of size and stature, Friday when offensive lineman Donell Stanley, a 6-5, 330-pound senior at Latta High School, announced his commitment at a ceremony held at his school.

The Shrine Bowl offensive tackle picked the Gamecocks over Clemson, Alabama and North Carolina.

“It’s closer to home, a quality SEC school, one of the top ones in the conference, and I just like what the coaches bring to the table, especially coach (Shawn) Elliott,” Stanley said after his announcement. “I like the way he coaches. He’s an energetic coach and gets his point across. He’s going to push you to be the best you can be.”

Stanley said a key moment in his involvement with USC came when he attended the Black Magic Camp last July.

“Coach Elliott worked me hard and showed me everything South Carolina has to offer.”

Some recruiting analysts consider Stanley to be the state’s No. 1 prospect in this class.

“His lower body is really good,” Latta coach Kelly Williamson said. “He has really good foot work (size 22 shoes) and his lower body is really strong. He has exceptionally long arms and big hands. He’s the most athletic kid in school.”

Stanley also stars on the Vikings’ basketball and baseball teams and said he might attempt to play baseball at USC. He’s the 13th commitment for USC’s 2014 class.

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