Havili: Taking His Time, Relying on Family

One of Iowa's Top Targets in the Class of 2006 is Utah prep running back Stanley Havili. He is cousin to future Hawkeye Tony Moeaki, and the family ties might factor into Havili's final decision. However, that decision is certainly not imminent, though right now things appear good for the Hawkeyes. Learn about that in this premium update...

Running back Stanley Havili (6-1, 215, 4.55) of Salt Lake City Cottonwood (Ut.) is the younger brother of Sione Havili, who played defensive end for Texas Tech for three years and just transferred to Weber State for his final season.

"My brother went through the whole recruiting thing and he says that it's a good idea to take your time and really get to know the coaches well," said Havili. "I definitely plan to wait. His biggest piece of advice was to just have fun and not worry about everything too much."

Havili doesn't have too much to worry about since he already has offers from BYU, Vanderbilt and Nebraska. He favors Iowa slightly over Colorado, Nebraska, BYU and Oregon. "My cousin, Tony Moeaki just signed with Iowa in February and he'll be a tight end there. He's been talking about them a lot. He loves it and says he can't wait to get out on the field. I'd love to play with him because we've never played together before."

Growing up Havili said that Utah was always his favorite. "I liked how they would always run the ball. They had big, tough backs. They haven't been really recruiting me much since Coach Urban Meyer left." The only school that Havili has already visited is BYU since they are only about one and half hours away and the Cougars were his first offer in October 2004. "I'd love to get out of town and be in a new environment."

Havili finished his junior season with 1900 yards rushing with 21 touchdowns. He also had four kick returns for touchdowns and two touchdowns receiving. Havili benches 305 pounds, squats 475 and has a 33-inch vertical jump. "I have great balance and see the field well. I have good vision and can read blocks and find the open hole. I'm both a north/south runner and an east/west runner. I'll run over you and can go side-to-side. I still want to improve my agility and explosiveness, as well as my breakaway speed."

Reports a 2.5 GPA and will be taking the ACT on April 9th.


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