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Stanley (6-5, 195, 4.7), a native American Cherokee Indian, has been to plenty of Razorback games during his lifetime and has been a fixture at UA football camps the past three summers.
But since the Razorbacks got two quarterback commitments early this spring from Camden Fairview's Jim Youngblood (6-3, 217, 4.69) and Kansas prepster Kale Pick (6-2, 195, 4.55), it appeared Stanley was on the outside looking in as far as a scholarship was concerned.
"I knew Arkansas liked me, but they got those two guys early and I didn't know if things would work out for me," Stanley said. "I understood what was going on with both of those guys committing early."
Pick has recently de-committed from Arkansas and committed to Kansas and that quite possibly has opened up a spot for Stanley.
"I've had a lot of great offers, but didn't want to rush into anything," Stanley said. "It appears things might be turning out the way I wanted anyway."
Stanley had passed for over 1,500 yards and 25 touchdowns through his first seven games this season.
Stanley has offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Florida State while also being recruited by Arkansas and Oklahoma.
"I hope I get an offer from Arkansas now," Stanley said. "I have always been a Razorback fan, come to a lot of their games and camps over the years and always thought that had some of the best facilities and fans around the country."
He has already been named to the Under Armour High School All-American game in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 5.
Arkansas running back commit De'Anthony Curtis and Central Arkansas Christian star Joe Adams have also been selected to a roster that is continuing to add players.
Tahlequah head coach Brent Scott knows he has a talent on his hands at his school, which is about an hour from Fayetteville.
"He's the number one quarterback in Oklahoma and getting lots of interest from lots of places, so many opportunities," Scott said. "Nathan can graduate in December if he wants to and that makes him even more appealing to colleges."
Stanley had led the Indians to a 7-1 mark at press time, including 4-0 in district action.
"He is truly having an excellent season for us, having thrown for over 1,500 yards and 25 touchdowns in what is a run-first offense," Scott said. "We've only lost one game and that was early in the season and we really should be undefeated right now."
Stanley was 92-for-132 passing for 2,500 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior.
"He is an excellent passer and also a very good runner," Scott said. "But what adds to that is that he does the little things like draws the other team off-sides three or four times a game, get us in the right running play that he calls at the line of scrimmage and just really manages the game well for us. He may not have the stats that some quarterbacks do, but he has great intangibles."
Scott, who has a son that plays at Springdale Central Junior High, has known how much Stanley liked the Razorbacks and is hoping it works out for him to have a chance to play at Arkansas.
"Arkansas would be a great place for him and we are hoping that works out," Scott said. "It's a great location for him and we would love it if he ended up there because he really likes Arkansas."
Scott is very familiar with Arkansas head coach and assistants David Lee and Bobby Allen from the time he has spent in Fayetteville.
"We've been to Arkansas a lot and always take a lot of kids to camp and come over for their coaching clinics," Scott said. "We really like Coach Nutt and Nathan has enjoyed getting to know Coach Lee as well. Coach Bobby Allen also has done a great job recruiting this area beginning when he came over in the spring.
"They are first class over there and I hope everything works out for them," Scott added.
Tahlequah Sequoyah is a school sponsored by the Cherokee Nation making it a very unique high school experience.
"It is an All-Indian school where if you have some Cherokee blood in you, you are able to attend no matter where you live," Stanley said. "We have dorms on campus that allow those from out of state a chance to come and stay here and attend school."
The success that redshirt freshman quarteback Sam Bradford – also a Cherokee Indian - has had at Oklahoma this season has been source of pride for Stanley.
"I think it's been great what Sam has done this season," Stanley said. "It is great to see a Native American playing at school like that and playing at such a high level. You don't see a lot of Native Americans playing at elite programs so it's really cool that he is doing so well."