Phil Kornblut

July 26, 2013

Donell Stanley has a top two; decision may be close

Offensive lineman Donell Stanley of Latta attended USC's Black Magic Camp on Friday afternoon.

Offensive lineman Donell Stanley of Latta attended USC's Black Magic Camp on Friday afternoon along with his mother, little brother and Latta assistant coach Chris German.

Stanley attended an Alabama camp earlier this month, and German said Friday night that USC and Alabama are Stanley's top two. Clemson and North Carolina are the others on his short list.

Stanley arrived on campus around 2 p.m. and was given a tour of the campus and academic center by offensive line coach Shawn Elliott. He also met with Steve Spurrier while on the visit. Stanley also worked out with the other offensive linemen who were at the camp.

"He enjoyed it, really enjoyed it," German said.

Stanley said he learns a lot from Elliott every year at USC's camps.

"It's always tough," Stanley said. "It's always hard but he gets you where you need to be and that's what I like about it. That's why I always come."

Stanley has no other visits planned, and German said a decision is close.

"He should be about ready to pull the trigger," German said. "Next couple of weeks probably. He thoroughly enjoyed the Alabama and Carolina visits. I don't know where he's leaning more towards right now."

Asked if USC and Alabama are the top two, German said, "Yes."

Stanley said the schools in his final group are even.

He headed down to the beach for a final vacation after the camp. He will begin his pre-season camp next Friday. Stanley also will play in the Under Armour All-America Game.

Elliott's message remains that Stanley is a top priority for the Gamecocks, the lineman said.

"He tried to get some of the guys already committed to try to recruit me too and make his job a little easier," Stanley said. "We'll see."

-- GoGamecocks' Dwayne McLemore contributed to this story

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