BYU Wants Star Prep RB Stanley Havili

Bradley Corbett interviews an intriguing running back prospect from Utah's Cottonwood High School. Stanley Havili is about to wrap up an impressive junior season. He shares his thoughts on recruiting and even points to an early leader.

It's not everyday that a football team offers a player during his junior year of high school. Before offering a precious scholarship, schools tend to check out players on film, at summer camps, and finally at a game or two during their senior season. However, when the player is good enough, teams will pull the trigger early. With that, BYU fans, meet Stanley Havili.

At 6'1", 205 lbs. this exciting running back is making some major noise in Utah high school football. Last week in the state playoff quarterfinals against Freemont High School, Havili had 28 carries for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns. He even ran a kick off back 85 yards for a TD to boot.

Recently BYU assistant coach Lance Reynolds officially extended a scholarship to Havili.

"I was happy that BYU offered me already," Havili said. "They have always been my favorite school growing up."

Right now BYU is the only school to have offered a scholarship, but Havili is getting letters from a lot of different schools. His top three schools are BYU, Utah, and Cal.

On the season Havili's team is 9-3. He has 22 rushing touchdowns, 4 kick off returns for touchdowns, 2 receiving touchdowns, 1,744 yards rushing, and 368 yards receiving. Havili runs a 4.5 forty, has 35 inch vertical leap, benches 285, squats 415 and cleans 265. No wonder BYU is all over this guy.

Many of you will remember his older brother Sione Havili who is now playing for Texas Tech. Sione is best friends with current Cougar back Fahu Tahi, and Fahu is also related to the Havili's through marriage.

"Sione likes Texas Tech, but he isn't to happy about having to play defense." Stanley said. "He told me that I need to go to a school that runs the ball a lot."

Havili recently went to the BYU-San Diego State game and said he had a great time. "If my choice had to come down to BYU and Utah, I would choose BYU," Havili said. "Utah has only really had a good team this one season, but BYU has always been good."

Only a junior, Havili believes he still has room to grow. "I think by next year I'll probably be 6'2.5, 225 lbs. and hopefully have my speed down to a 4.4," Havili said.

Havili has already been invited to the Army All-American combine in Texas this January. The combine is where all the top juniors in the nation come and get tested. Another BYU recruit that will be there is tight end prospect Anthony Moekai. Anthony will be playing in the prestigious game for high school seniors. Havili said he would also like to go to a couple of Nike combines to get tested. He is in no rush to commit to any schools just yet. "I want to take my time in the recruiting process," Havili said. "I probably won't commit until after my senior year in December or January. But BYU is my favorite. I've always liked them."

Havili said that two things he will be looking for in a school is a city with a good atmosphere, and players he gets along with. When asked to describe his style of play he said he is similar to Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson, but not as fast. "I'm a power runner with speed." Havili said. "I'm quick and can make juke moves but I also have break away speed. And if need be I will run over someone too."

Thanks in large part to Havili, Cottonwood is making its first big run in the state playoffs. His team will take on Brighton this week in the state semifinals, and will play the winner of Skyline vs. Davis. Havili plays safety on defense but says he is a running back through and through. He said he is looking good academically and shouldn't have any problems qualifying.

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