Ronnie Stanley is an American offensive tackle from Las Vegas, NV and a former starting left tackle at the University of Notre Dame. On January 1, 2016, before Notre Dame’s loss against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, Stanley announced that he would forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2016 NFL Draft. In the 2016 NFL Draft, Ronnie Stanley was drafted 6th overall by the Baltimore Ravens.
As a three-year offensive lineman starter at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, Stanley was ranked as a four-star recruit and rated as the 15th best offensive tackle prospect of his class by Rivals.com. Stanley earned First-Team Offensive Lineman on Nevada Class 4A All-State Team and First-Team All-Southwest League in 2011. He was named to Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 list as one of the best 100 football players in 13 western U.S. states and was an honorable mention pick on SI.com High School All-American team. Over the course of his high school career, Stanley helped Bishop Gordon to a combined record of 43-3 and a final #5 ranking in 2011 by the USA Today poll. After a 15-1 season in his senior year, Stanley won his third straight Nevada Class 4A State crown with a 72-28 win over Reed High School in the title matchup. Stanley was also a basketball standout at Bishop Gorman, helping to lead the team to the Nevada class 4A state title as a senior and the No. 11 national high school basketball ranking by ESPN and No. 14 by USA Today. In December 2011, Stanley committed to play college football at the University of Notre Dame.
Stanley spent his first complete season in 2013 at the University of Notre Dame at right tackle where he started all 13 games. Stanley was a pivotal member of an offensive line that allowed just eight sacks the entire season and ranked second in the Football Bowl Subdivision for fewest sacks. No other team in the nation that year allowed fewer sacks and attempted more passes than the Fighting Irish (eight sacks on 429 pass attempts). Stanley contributed to the victorious efforts over BYU on Nov. 23 when the Irish ran the ball for a season-high 235 yards while not allowing a sack on 28 passing attempts.
During the following season in 2014, Stanley had big shoes to fill as Notre Dame’s replacement for Zack Martin, a four-year starter at left tackle who went on to be a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and a Pro Bowl guard for the Dallas Cowboys in his rookie season. Stanley would go on to start all 13 games in his new position at left tackle where he would record 16 knockdown blocks and yield just one sack – the fewest of any Irish offensive lineman that season – while facing some of the top defensive lineman in the country including Michigan’s Frank Clark, Arizona State’s Marcus Hardison and LSU’s Daniel Hunter. As the left tackle consistently has to be able to handle pro-caliber pass-rushers and provide protection for the quarterback’s blind side, Stanley provided optimal physical measurables and footwork for a player in such a position. At the end of his junior season, Stanley was awarded Notre Dame Offensive Lineman of the Year and contemplated entering the 2015 NFL Draft, but ultimately decided to return for his senior season.
In his final season at the University of Notre Dame, Stanley helped to lead the Irish to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the New Years’ Day Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State. With a 97.3% pass block success rate, Stanley helped his offense rush for 2,582 yards and 27 touchdowns and was named the 2015 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year.
In January 2016, Roc Nation Sports announced that it has signed Stanley to its roster of athletes ahead of his 2016 NFL Draft appearance.