Ex-USC signee Stanley has ties to USF football

Glen Stanley, the coveted junior college linebacker seeking a release from Southern Cal, said Tuesday that USF is among the schools he would like to play for this fall.

Stanley, 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, has asked for a release from USC in the wake of harsh NCAA penalties against the Trojans. He told the Orlando Sentinel last week that he would like to play his final two years of college in Florida, to be close to his fiance and 2-year-old daughter in Ocala.

"I just want to get home, to be able to play in Florida," said Stanley, hopeful he can get his release from USC by the end of the week. "I haven't talked directly to (USF), but I'm interested in playing there."

Stanley has two close childhood friends at USF in twins Kevin and Keith McCaskill -- he lived in the next neighborhood over from them as he grew up in Tallahassee, moving to Ocala when he was in high school. Kevin is USF's top backup at center, while Keith is competing for a starting job at defensive tackle.

Stanley, who will play outside linebacker or defensive end, said he strongly considered USF after his freshman year at Bowling Green, but said he was told by then-USF coach Jim Leavitt that the Bulls didn't have a scholarship available and had already addressed their needs at linebacker. He was committed to Central Florida last year while playing at Eastern Arizona, but backed out of that commitment and signed with USC.

Stanley said he would consider all the major schools in Florida, and mentioned Florida State, Florida, USF and UCF on Thursday. He was rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com, the latter ranking him as the No. 12 overall junior college prospect in the nation for 2010.

USF has plenty of young talent at defensive end, but less so at outside linebacker, where seniors Sabbath Joseph and Jacquian Williams are penciled in as starters, with redshirt freshman DeDe Lattimore pushing for playing time as well.

Stanley joins a long, talented list of potential summer additions for the Bulls, who have gotten interest from Colorado running back Darrell Scott, Notre Dame defensive back Spencer Boyd and Auburn running back Dontae Aycock, as well as N.C. State receiver Donald Bowens. USF coach Skip Holtz said he will make decisions on any late additions to his class by the time two-a-days start in August, but the Bulls won't announce their signings until he's done with the class.

[Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:26am]

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