Gaithersburg’s Stanley a Top Target

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Thirty-seven tackles-for-loss and 16 1/2 sacks in one season certainly draws attention, so it isn’t a surprise that 6-2, 245-pound junior defensive lineman Sean Stanley has tallied 10 official Division 1A scholarship offers. The Gaithersburg (MD) star posted those numbers this past season as a junior, and as a result should see many more scholarships come his way in the coming months.

“He’s got a number of offers,” Gaithersburg head coach Kreg Kephart said. “Virginia Tech, Maryland, Rutgers have offered. He has about 10 offers on the table right now. He has a whole list of schools showing interest. I was told by a coach at Nebraska that he’ll be offered by anybody that runs an even front defense.

“Right now, he is very open-minded. He is interested in talking to the coaches. He went to Maryland’s junior day. He went to junior days at Pitt and Rutgers. Right now, he is pretty open-minded. I have been talking to him about how the process wears on. Once we get through May, he may begin to narrow some choices down, maybe to a top five or seven. He is not in that process right now. He hasn’t fallen in love with anybody and he doesn’t hate anybody.”

Stanley’s sophomore year was the breakout season, but he did impress Coach Kephart and staff as a freshman.

“When he was a freshman, we recognized his potential but he played JV until the last two games of the year,” Kephart said. “We needed him to step in because we had an injury. By the time the playoffs came, he was starting as a freshman defensive end. He showed quickly what his capabilities were.

“His sophomore year he began to really open people’s eyes. He showed what he could do during the course of the season. His sophomore year is a highlight tape in and of itself. He has great athleticism. He is very explosive off the ball. He has a long reach, a very good wing span. He is very coachable. And he is a very smart young man. He understands the game.”

The 2007 Montgomery County Defensive Player of the Year and Washington Post first-team

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