Cats offer stud Utah back

After getting one of the top running back hauls in the country for the 2005 class, the Arizona coaches are not resting one bit. They have already offered quite a few high profile backs for the 2006 class. It has become clear that the Arizona coaches, like most other coaches, like a mix of power and speed in their backs and the back that received the latest offer from the Cats fits that mold to a tee.

Cottonwood High School in Salt lake City, Utah is home to arguably the west's most heralded signal caller in Alex Cate but it is also home to one of the premiere backs on the west coast as well in Stanley Havili.

The Arizona coaches called the coaching staff at Cottonwood just today and told them that an offer was in the mail for Havili and the running back was excited to hear the news.

"Coach (Mike) Canales called my coach today and told him that they were sending me an offer," said the 6-foot-1, 215 pound Havili. "I was real excited to get the Arizona offer; I like the offense that they run. The offense they run is what I want to play in. They use a lot of I formation and two tight end sets and I like that."

Havili, who rushed for just under 2,000 yards as a junior for Cottonwood, says that he has a "high" interest in the Wildcat program and that they are in his top five now that they have offered.

"On a scale of one to ten I think my interest level in them is about a nine," Havili said. "My top five is, well, Arizona now that they have offered me, and I also like Arizona State, Iowa, BYU and Colorado. They have all offered except for Iowa and Colorado and I think both of those schools are going to offer me soon."

Havili and his teammate, Alex Cate, have talked some about possibly going to the same school and according to Havili, Arizona has been talked about, at least some.

"I know that Alex likes Arizona a lot," he said. "He doesn't have any favorites or anything I don't think but he has talked about Arizona. It would be cool to play together in college though. His dad has really helped me a lot in the recruiting process and I am thankful for that. He is a great guy."

When it comes down to choosing a school Havili says that he wants what everyone wants.

"I just want a good school and a place that I can be myself and do well," said Havili. "I know that a lot of these schools are going to have good academics so that will be good, I just want a good school that has good coaches. I like Arizona and I think they are a good program."

Havili is of the LDS faith and he said that he will not take his mission right after high school.

"Right now I think that I will most likely go to school for a year or two and play some and then I will go on my mission," he said.

Havili carries a 2.5 GPA and has already scored an 18 on the ACT test but he plans to retake the test. He does not know what he wants to major in yet but says, "Maybe business or communications or something like that."


Wildcat Authority Top Stories