The unexpected call is leading to new opportunities for the senior who plays tight-end in for the Tigers. It was his work on the field and in the classroom that caught the eye of Harvard recruiters. This week he committed to the university accepting the invitation to play for the Crimson, but this journey started several months ago. "The first day that schools can call you on the division one level during the spring of your junior year is April 15th and on that very first day about 5:30 they called me and informed me of their interest. Two weeks later I had the written notice that I would receive support for admission from the football team,” described Stansell.
Stansell will make the second Dothan High School senior to attend Harvard, but he's the first football player recruited by the Ivy League school under Coach Kelvis White. Stansell said it’s all an exciting experience. “To be told that I would have the chance to be one of 1,662 students not just in the United States, but around world that could join Harvard for the class of 2018 was truly humbling experience.”
Stansell will begin his studies and football career at Harvard Fall 2014.