Creekside – Fairburn, Ga.
No. 43 WR in the country
No. 27 overall player in Georgia
Family ties to Georgia Tech couldn’t stop Jayson Stanley from picking the Bulldogs.
Stanley, whose father Jimmy played running back for the Yellow Jackets from 1980-1981, picked Georgia after visiting Auburn a week earlier. Stanley is a four-star prospect and Scout’s 43rd-ranked wide receiver in the country. At 6-foot-3, 202 pounds, Scout National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons says Stanley is a big pickup for the Dawgs’ offense.
“He has the speed to get behind defenders,” Simmons said. “Stanley has long arms to go with it—and good size. He has huge hands to snag the ball out of the air; he shows great speed down the field, but he can improve his ability to separate off the line of scrimmage and his quickness out of his breaks. Stanley’s body control is good, and he will be a threat inside the red zone with his size and athleticism.”
Stanley, however, suffered a torn ACL in the first game of his senior season that put him out for the entire year. His 2013 season was one to remember, though. Stanley had 41 receptions for 817 yards with 16 touchdowns in 2013 for the Seminoles, but emerged as a high-level prospect in December with two impressive outings that month. Stanley scored a 77-yard touchdown during Creekside’s lopsided 52-28 win over Tucker in the AAAAA State Championship Game. He backed that performance up with 70-yard and 47-yard touchdown catches in the Rising Seniors game.
HONORS: Scout.com four-star prospect, No. 42 WR in the country, No. 19 WR in the South … DawgPost four-star prospect, No. 34 player in the state… Atlanta-Journal Constitution 2014 Super 11… PrepStar Magazine four-star prospect, #164 player in the PrepStar Top 300
SCOUTING: Stanley is an outside receiver with speed to get behind defenders. He has long arms to go with his good size, and he has huge hands to snag the ball out of the air. He shows great speed down the field, but he can improve his ability to separate off the line of scrimmage and his quickness out of his breaks. His body control is good and he will be a threat inside the red zone with his size and athleticism. - Chad Simmons
LEGGE’S QUESTION: Obviously, anyone that has had an ACL has to deal with that. How with Stanley’s ACL injury affect him in the future?
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: It was disappointing to hear the news that Jayson Stanley tore his ACL at the start of the 2014 season. It, understandably, casts some doubts about his future. But when healthy, Stanley was an explosive and killer weapon at receiver. He’s got plenty of size to deal with the rigors of the SEC, but he’s just going to have to get healthy in order to have a productive career.