Visit Puts Sun Devils on Top

This past weekend the Sun Devils entertained Stanley Havili, one of the most coveted running backs in the western region. Devils Digest talked to Cottonwood (Utah) head coach Tom Jones, who stated that the official trip to Tempe made quite the impression on the four-star prospect.

"He (Stanley Havili) told me that they (Arizona State) are number one right now," said Jones. "He really liked the coaches and the atmosphere a lot. He likes the offense because they throw the ball a lot, and that helps the running game. He just had a lot of positives to say about the trip." Havili was hosted by ASU players Rodney Cox and Brandon Rodd, and was accompanied by his father, who does have family here in the valley.

The 6-1 215 Havili does have a cousin who plays for Iowa, and that has been the other major school factoring into to his recruitment. "It really looks right now that it's between Iowa and Arizona State," Jones commented. "I know he's considering Cal too, but the only other visit he has scheduled is to Iowa on Oct. 21st. But he didn't rule anything out." Even though his visit circuit could end in just a matter of weeks, the Cottonwood skipper said that he doesn't expect an imminent decision from his star player. "I think he'll make a decision right after the season is over. He wants to get these visits out of the way, and concentrate on football and school."

Jones remarked that Havili is a player that he and his staff move around quite a bit on offense, and is being rotated between wide receiver and running back. Looks like this approach is working well, as Havili already has over 800 total yards and 16 touchdowns this season. "Last game he had six catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and carried the ball 11 times for 118 yards," said Jones. "So his averages are pretty good (laughs). We put him in the slot, we put him in motion…we just try to give him the ball as much as we can. He runs a 4.55 which is pretty fast."

Havili still has some work to do academically, but currently has a 2.5 GPA and an 18 score on the ACT which he will retake later this month. "He has made a lot of progress in the classroom," Jones claimed. "His mid-term report card came out and he had all A's. He's doing a lot better and I think he's on track to qualify."

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