August 24, 2010

Stanko ready for it all to start

Despite the best efforts of the NCAA the recruiting calendar is not going to slow down in time for the class of 2012 and come September 1st many of the nation's top prospects are going to find themselves on the recruiting board as offers can be extended to rising juniors.

One of those rising juniors who has garnered a lot of interest is Warren (Ohio) Howland offensive lineman Anthony Stanko. The 6-foot-5, 302-pounder is already being mentioned in the argument for top rank offensive linemen from the Buckeye state in the class of 2012. Stanko has shown what he can do in the weight room with a 405-pound max on the bench press and 495 pounds with the squat.

But to this point there have been no verbal offers for Stanko yet but that will likely change as several programs have been keeping an eye on the big lineman.

"Things have been kind of quiet all summer and most of the real communication that I have had so far was from going to the campus like Ohio State and Notre Dame," Stanko said.

Other schools of interest include the likes of Florida, Boston College, Michigan State, Penn State and West Virginia. Stanko maintains that he is open when it comes to college destinations but both the Buckeyes and the Fighting Irish had a chance to get Stanko in during the summer for a little look and meet and greet.

"I loved both schools and learned a lot from both camps, Notre Dame was more of a combine actually," Stanko said. "At Ohio State I got to learn a lot from the coaches and I always like the two or three day camps because you get to learn how the coaches teach you and learn what they do in actual practices."

The trip to Notre Dame was very successful as well but the overall vibe of the operation in South Bend (Ind.) came across a little bit different to Stanko.

"The one impression I came away with from Notre Dame is that they are very serious and they are not messing around," Stanko said. "They don't care if you really get anything out of it they just really want you to be there so they can get a good look at you and they were just really straight to the point."

Did one style or the other put one school ahead of the other?

"I love both schools and I really couldn't pick between the two right now," Stanko said.

Last year the Tigers went 10-2 on the season and Stanko and his team will look to improve on that. Stanko feels as if he is in much better shape this year and will be able to give that much more to his team in its pursuit of a state title run.

"I lost about 30 pounds since Christmas and am down to 302 pounds and I feel like I am a lot quicker and I feel that I have just learned a lot more about the game just from having another year of experience," Stanko said.

And Stanko knows that recruiting will be there but without success on the field nothing will follow. But that doesn't mean there isn't a part of him that hasn't been ready for the mail and phone calls associated with recruiting to start.

"I am just excited for it all to start," Stanko said. "I have been waiting for two years for this all to start, for September 1st to roll around. I am just excited and anxious to see what people are going to say and if I will get the verbal offers and such and all of that."

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