Stanley on CU's radar

Cherry Creek High School (Greenwood Village) 2018 athlete Dimitri Stanley has stepped up his game in the 5A playoffs, helping the Bruins advance to a semifinals dance with Valor Christian on Saturday.

The 6-foot, 178-pound Stanley’s play on both sides of the ball this season has garnered the attention of the Colorado Buffaloes. Stanley has lined up all over the field (CB/WR/RB/QB/FB) and he was a big part of Creek’s 34-17 victory over Mullen last weekend.  

“It was more of a team effort, we all played well. We get Valor again back at our place so we’re definitely excited,” Stanley told

“They stepped up. They definitely stepped up and were able to get it done. It seems they’ve started to play harder since the playoffs,” he continued on Creek’s defense.

Creek lost a huge part of its defense when future Buffalo Jon Van Diest went down with an injury earlier in the playoffs. Stanley said Van Diest has been active on the Creek sidelines cheering on his teammates and recruiting a little bit for the Buffs.

“He’s an awesome guy. We all love Jon,” Stanley said.

Stanley admits that he hasn’t given much thought to what he’s looking for in a college, not yet at least. The two-way hopeful has been active on the camp scene, with trips to the All-Poly, a CU camp and a camp in Texas under his wings.

“I’ve been to a couple games up at CU. Nothing really too much right now, they’ve just been asking me to come up to a couple of their games and stuff,” Stanley continued on the Buffs.

Colorado’s coaches have not specified which position they believe Stanley should focus on for the college game. The versatile prospect has a lot to offer and he’s hopeful his first offer is around the corner.

“They did kind of express a little bit that they like me at receiver. I did the gauntlet for catching and then corner I think I did pretty well,” Stanley said of CU.

“I think I can honestly go either way with receiver or corner. … I honestly play everything” 

Valor got the best of Creek 42-26 on Sept. 29. The Bruins are looking for revenge on Saturday and they’re hopeful to advance to the 5A title game where the winner of Pomona/Regis Jesuit awaits.

“We just trust coach [Dave] Logan with the game plan. We’re confident he’ll get us ready for the game. We have to play as hard as we did in this last game and I think we’ll be able to take them down,” Stanley said of the game against Valor.

Stanley’s father, Walter, donned the black and gold in the 1980s before transferring to Mesa College in Grand Junction. He later went on to play in the NFL. Walter raised his son a Buffs fan.

“I think it’s awesome honestly. My dad went to CU and they were pretty good back then. Since I’ve been around in Colorado they’ve been struggling a little bit. It’s nice to see them start winning again,” Stanley said of “The Rise.”

Maxpreps credits Stanley with 61 receptions for 938 yards and 13 scores as a receiver. The 2018 prospect has also been an asset for Creek on defense and special teams.

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