Prep Coach: Stanley Still Solid with Iowa

Wisconsin prep quarterback Nate Stanley verbally committed to Iowa in November. Friday, new Badgers coach Paul Chryst visited the junior at his high school. HI has the latest on where things stand with Stanley with regard to the rival Big Ten programs.

Menomonie (WI) High Football Coach Joe LaBuda refuted a report from Monday night saying that Wisconsin offered a scholarship to his starting quarterback Nate Stanley. The Class of 2016 prospect verbally committed to Iowa in November.

"They jumped the gun," LaBuda said Tuesday morning. "(The Badgers) haven't offered. They restarted the recruiting process after the old (Wisconsin) staff missed the boat."

New Badgers Coach Paul Chryst visited Menomonie High on Friday, LaBuda said. Chryst had offered Stanley a scholarship at his previous school, Pittsburgh. He chose the Hawkeyes.

"People saw Paul Chryst at the school and jumped to conclusions," LaBuda said. "(Stanley is) very comfortable with his Iowa commitment, very comfortable."

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Stanley visited Iowa on Sunday for it's elite junior day. He'd been to the school several times before, including a camp in June when he was offered a scholarship.

"(The Hawkeyes) are getting an incredible person and an incredible athlete," LaBuda said. "They're definitely getting a guy with high character who is ethical. He's going to outwork anybody in his path."

LaBuda said that Stanley gets to the weight room at 6 in the morning to work out before school. He's been on the Menomonie varsity teams for football, basketball and baseball since he was a freshman.

"That's pretty rare for a league the size that we play in," LaBuda said. "He averages 20 points in basketball, can throw it 90 miles an hour in baseball and he's one of the best punters in the country."

Scout.com ranks Stanley as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale. LaBuda said his signal caller would have a higher rating had he attended more summer football camps and combines where analysts see and grade prospects.

"He wasn't just going to leave his teammates and their workouts to go to those things," the coach said. "He also played summer basketball and legion baseball. He's just a tremendous person and a tremendous leader."

Stanley, who owns a 3.9 GPA, missed much of his junior season after breaking his hand in the season-opener.

"Had that not happened, (his recruitment) would have sky-rocketed," LaBuda said.

Stanley returned to the field for his team's regular-season finale, during which he threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns.


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