Havili Planning Official Visits

Stanley Havili is, arguably, the most heavily recruited football player in the state of Utah for the class of 2006. Schools from the Mountain West, WAC, Pac-10, Big Ten, Big XII, and SEC are all showing serious interest in the running back from Salt Lake City, who is deciding what campuses he wants to go to for a closer look.

"Fifteen schools have already offered me," said Stanley Havili. "I can't even remember them all."

The schools Havili can remember are Nebraska, Iowa, Arizona State, Arizona, Boise State, Colorado, Vanderbilt, Utah State, Utah, BYU, and Hawaii.

A look at Havili's stats makes it is easy to understand why so many strong programs are hot on him. In his junior season at Cottonwood High School, Stanley rushed for 1900 yards and had 28 touchdowns (22 rushing, 4 kick returns, and 2 receiving). He stands at 6'1", weighs a healthy 220 pounds, and was clocked last week running a 4.44 forty on a track.

Havili's main focus at this time is the upcoming season. The time to choose a college will come but not until his senior campaign is over. Even then, Havili intends to be very deliberate. "I'm gonna take my time, and all my trips," he said.

While he has only a trip planned to Iowa at the moment, Havili has called several other schools and discussed the possibility of a visit. Due to NCAA rules, only players may contact schools, not vice versa, during the summer.

Although he has not yet specified at top five list, Havili has called Iowa, Nebraska, Arizona, and BYU this summer. "Wherever I take my five visits, that'll show who my top five are," Havili explained.

Havili was impressed by the coaches at the schools he has contacted. He mentioned Coaches Canales of Arizona (offensive coordinator), and Coach Mendenhall of BYU specifically. Havili has had three or four personal visits with coach Mendenhall. "Coach Mendenhall is a great, great guy, he is very straightforward," Havili said.

Havili feels that each program that has offered him has their respective strengths. Iowa does have an in-family recruiter; Havili's cousin, Tony Moeaki, signed with the Hawkeyes last year.

"I realize how big of a decision this will be for me," said Havili. "It's going to be well thought out, like I said, I'm gonna take my time."


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