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NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- It's that time of year again.
Ladies, get ready to tackle and punt. Notre Dame is hosting its third annual Football 101 clinic Tuesday.
It's open to women 21 and older and it's all to support the fight against breast cancer. The event is hosted by the Kelly Cares Foundation.
ABC57 News will be there and we'll take you inside all of the fun.
Ladies, get ready to tackle and punt. Notre Dame is hosting its third annual Football 101 Clinic today.
Stanley Set To Start
When Ronnie Stanley started his recruitment over a year ago, Notre Dame wasn't one of the schools he knew much about.
The 6-foot-7, 290-pound offensive tackle from Las Vegas was always interested in Notre Dame, but he didn't realize how much until an official visit to South Bend in December.
"I always like Notre Dame, but my official visit really opened my eyes," he said. "I fell in love with the place and almost committed during my visit, but I held off because I knew I needed to think things over. Once I got back home, I realized that Notre Dame was the place for me."
Now Stanley is just days away from arriving in South Bend to start the next phase of his life in college.
"I graduated just over a week ago and now it's time to get things rolling in college," Stanley said. "I'll arrive at Notre Dame on June 14th and classes start on June 17th, so it gives me a couple of days to get adjusted. I'm really excited to get started and show the coaches what I've got."
The Nevada native has spent the last four months following Notre Dame's strength and conditioning program and he believes the regime has gotten him ready for the rigors of BCS-level college football.
"The program has definitely helped me get stronger and I'm doing more reps than I ever did before," he explained. "We had an advanced lifting program in high school, but this one has a lot of different lifts I hadn't done before. I think it's definitely got me ready to compete in camp this August."
Stanley has also remained in contact with offensive line coach Harry Hiestand and the two have built a solid relationship.
"I've only met Coach Hiestand once, but we've remained in contact on a regular basis," he said. "He seems like a great coach and he has a lot of experience even in the NFL, so I'm hoping to learn a lot from him."
Stanley will wear the No. 79 while in South Bend, the same number he wore at Bishop Gorman and he will room with the other offensive line prospect in the 2012 class Mark Harrell.
"I got to know Mark at the Semper Fi All-American Bowl and we've been in contact ever since," he shared. "We're both excited to be roommates and we are going to push and lean on each other to be the best. Mark and I were the only two linemen in the class and we need to be ready to contribute immediately."
Before Stanley reports to Notre Dame later this week, he plans to spend as much time as possible with those closest to him.
"I'm going to spend as much time as possible with my family and friends before I head out to Indiana," said Stanley. "I'll be packing and saying my goodbyes, but it feels good to start this next chapter of my life."
The Irish coaching staff has also left the possibility of playing basketball open.
"The coaches said if I do play basketball, I'll be treated like I was on scholarship for the basketball team," he explained. "I'm not sure how all of that will play out, but we'll see when the time comes. I'll probably decide sometime before football season or slightly after."
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