The Hawkeyes extended a scholarship offer to the Class of 2016 quarterback from Menomonie (WI) High.
"I was pretty excited when they offered me. I was a little surprised but not like it was totally out of the blue," the 6-foot-4, 196-pounder said. "They really think that I fit with their offense, as it's a pro-style offense and I'm more of a pocket passer."
Iowa became the second high major offer for Stanley, who first picked up an opportunity from Pittsburgh. He camped with the Panthers this summer.
Stanley also worked out at Iowa and received positive feedback. When he returned to campus on Monday, he met with Coach Kirk Ferentz and picked up offer No. 2.
"Iowa has a great reputation for being one of the best schools in the Big Ten. Their football program is always very good and well coached. The town gives a great atmosphere to the school and football program," Stanley said.
Stanley said he's already connected with the Hawkeye staff.
"All of the coaches were extremely genuine and honest. I really liked the coaching staff," he said.
Stanley said that he has family ties in Iowa and he likes that the school sits in his region. Academics also will play a big role in his decision, he said.
"I'm looking into Physical Therapy or some type of sports medicine," he said.
Stanley said he's taking his time with his recruitment. A commitment will come down the road.
"I have no idea. I still have a lot of thinking to do," he said.
Iowa holds verbal pledges in the Class of 2015 from three players expected to begin their careers at quarterback.
"The depth chart factors in a little bit, but I feel that having older leaders can really enhance my performance when it's my time to play. It also fuels healthy competition to push myself harder," he said.
Stanley earned all-state honorable mention in football as a sophomore. He also played basketball and baseball for Menomonie.