Dimitri Stanley has logged playing time at cornerback, wide receiver, running back, quarterback and fullback during his prep career. The Cherry Creek standout does not know what his role will be as a senior this coming fall, and he does not know what position he will line up at in college, but that is not a concern.
“Wherever the coach feels I am needed, I will play there,” Stanley told BuffStampede.com. “I think I could play cornerback or wide receiver [in college]. I could go either way, and I have no preference.”
Stanley has received a scholarship offer from Louisville and Colorado State, and he is drawing early interest from Colorado, Wisconsin, Northwestern, North Carolina, Utah and Wyoming, among others. Also a standout on the hardwood, Stanley has been receiving recruiting interest from the University of Sioux Falls' men's basketball program.
“I haven't really decided yet but I am thinking it is going more towards football,” Stanley said when asked which sport he will play at the next level. “Recruiting is definitely starting to pick up. I am starting to talk to more and more coaches as the year goes along.”
Which colleges stand out early on?
“I don't have any firm favorites at the moment but the schools that have caught my eye... Louisville might be up there and CU definitely is with 'The Rise' and the fact they have been competing and doing so well,” Stanley said. “That might be about it so far.”
Stanley's father Walter played for Colorado in the 1980s and later went on to play in the NFL after also spending time at Mesa College in Grand Junction. He raised Dimtri to be a Buffaloes fan.
“The game day atmosphere at CU is unbelievable, incredible. The fans invest so much into supporting CU, and supporting the players and the coaches,” he said. “That has definitely caught my eye.”
Stanley plans to be in Boulder on Saturday for another unofficial visit with the Buffs.
“I don't really know how the visit is going to go but I look forward to being able to see more of the campus and hopefully I'll get a chance to talk to the players to ask about their experience there and ask about how they balance academics and athletics,” he said.
Louisville is not known to spend a lot of time recruiting the Centennial State, but Cherry Creek head coach Dave Logan has a friend on the Cardinals' coaching staff. Louisville offered Jon Van Diest last cycle, before he committed to Colorado.
“I just like their program and how they throw the ball,” Stanley said of Louisville. “Of course they had Lamar Jackson, the Heisman Trophy winner, and they played well against the national champs and competed well against them (Clemson, losing 42-36).”
Stanley believes Colorado and Louisville are simply looking at him as an athlete.
As far as his commitment timeline is concerned, Stanley is likely to make the call before the start of his senior season at Cherry Creek. Academics are important as he plans to study Mechanical Engineering in college.
“My parents and I have been talking about it and we just feel it would be better if I didn't have to worry about recruiting during my last [prep] season,” he said. “So I think I am going to go with that plan.”