Donnell Stanley is one of the most highly recruited offensive lineman in the country. He's picked up 15 offers from some of the biggest names in college football includingAlabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and Clemson. The two time WPDE All-Zone selection could easily focus on just football and academics. But Stanley has continued to star in three sports at Latta High. He spends the winters on the Vikings basketball team and he's a member of the varsity baseball team since the 7th grade.
Latta is one win away from playing for the 1A state baseball championship after a 4-3 win over Lake View on Monday night. Stanley, who is a two time All-State selection at first base, scored the game winning run after drawing an intentional walk in the 5th inning. Stanley says playing three sports keeps him in shape for football season and he says playing first base helps him with his football and his flexibility.
College football staffs have been coming to Latta baseball games to see Stanley on the diamond. Shawn Elliott, South Carolina's offensive line coach, was in attendance for a Latta win and Vikings baseball coach Daniel Little says seeing the likes of Notre Dame, Ohio State and Clemson gives his team a little extra focus, even if it's football coaches watching a baseball game. When asked if he felt safe in the unlikely event of a bench clearing brawl, Little joked that it would take the National Guard to stop Stanley.
Stanley has given no timetable on his college football choice as he wraps up his junior season. Following the win against Lake View, the 6'5", 320 pound athlete received 27 texts, phone calls and emails from college football coaches and media members. Latta plays the winner of Lake View and Johnsonville on Friday at home. The Vikings will have two chances to advance to the best of three 1A state baseball championship next week.