Cherry Creek standout athlete Dimitri Stanley earned his first scholarship offer on National Signing Day, courtesy of the in-state Colorado State Rams. Since then, the three-star rated do-everything athlete added a second offer from Louisville and a third from Iowa State.
With the possibility of more offers being extended this winter and into the spring, Stanley is aware of CSU's improving program, even if his dad is a diehard Buffalo.
"We have no problems with CSU at my house. My dad went to CU and grew up around that rivalry," Stanley said. "I grew up around that rivalry, but we have no problems with them. I think it'd be a cool place to go. They've really shown me love, the guys up there and the coaches up there. CSU's not a bad place at all."
Rivalry jokes aside, CSU being the first to offer is a big deal to Stanley. CSU assistants Marty English and Alvis Whitted recruited Stanley prior to head coach Mike Bobo reaching out on February 1 to extend an offer.
The Rams will receive a thorough look from Stanley as his recruitment progresses. Bobo expressed his desire in getting the best from the Centennial State to join CSU's 2018 class.
"He just said that he wants in-state guys," Stanley said of his conversation with Bobo. "He wants to build his program around Colorado guys and it'd be cool to have Colorado guys. He thinks that I'd be a good fit into their program up there."
Stanley has received interest from Colorado, Northwestern, Utah and Wyoming as well. Also a standout on the hardwood, Stanley has heard from Sioux Falls for his hoops talents. He said no schools stick out at the moment, nor is there a specific offer he is waiting on.
On the football field, Stanley is being coveted for his speed. The 2016 all-Colorado selection caught 65 passes for 970 yards and 13 touchdowns, while adding a pair of rushing scores as a junior. A pure pass catcher and well-rounded athlete, Stanley said colleges have expressed interest primarily in his abilities as a receiver, but there is also a strong chance he ends up in the secondary at the college level.
"I'm mostly being recruited as an athlete right now. I believe that I can play either side of the ball at the next level."
Stanley will be in Boulder Saturday for Colorado's junior day. He plans to attend CSU's junior day as well as Louisville's in the coming weeks. He has yet to visit CSU, but is looking forward to the upcoming junior day.
The future mechanical engineering major is looking for a school that will provide early playing time.
"I want to be able to play my freshman year and be able to get some time, possibly starting at what position I choose to play."
As a junior, Stanley earned all-state and all-conference honors.