A Bit Less Hoopla for Stanley
Colleague Alan Goldenbach filed this dispatch:
Sitting in front of about 20 classmates and a dozen coaches and school officials, Gaithersburg defensive end Sean Stanley wore a navy sweater vest and awkward grin as he signed his letter-of-intent with Penn State.
Sure, the two-time All-Met appreciated having a bunch of people close to him looking on as he signed with a top-tier program. But after giving the Nittany Lions a verbal commitment last May, it was clear Stanley was not a fan of the hoopla that has come to be a part of many players' recruitments.
"It's good [to sign], but for me, I'd rather have just signed it at home," he said.
Stanley is the 52nd player to earn a scholarship in Trojans Coach Kreg Kephart's nine seasons leading the program. Kephart said Stanley was the most heavily recruited player he's ever coached, but Stanley didn't tout his cachet.
"Sean didn't let [the recruiting process] go to his head," Kephart said. "He didn't want to put on a big show ... He's a comment to what hard work and ability will get you."
Stanley was one of nine area players to sign with Penn State yesterday. Maryland also signed nine local high school seniors, though the Terps also inked two locals from the class of 2008 who are now attending prep school.
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