Stanley Havili Receives Iowa Offer

When the Iowa Hawkeyes landed Tony Moeaki, they signed the best prep tight end in the nation and one heck of a football player. Little did they know at the time that their good fortune with Moeaki would at least open the door to a shot at a prep from the state of Utah, an area that Iowa does not regularly recruit. RB Stanley Havili is Moeaki's cousin, & he had not given Iowa much thought prior to Tony's selecting the Hawkeyes. Now, with an Iowa offer in hand, the Hawks are high on his list...

Though it's still very early in the recruiting process as it relates to the class of 2006, one player has certainly stood out to me on tape. He is Utah prep running back Stanley Havili, the cousin of Tony Moeaki, the nation's top prep tight end in the class of 2005 and incoming freshman at Iowa. (to see video of Havili, CLICK HERE)

Havili (6-0, 215/4.50) rushed for 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns on 170 plus carries this past fall, and has a impressive package of power, speed and balance.

The Iowa coaching staff has been very interested in Havili, and just recently, they upped the ante by offering Havili a scholarship.

"It felt real good (getting the Iowa offer). I called up my cousin (Tony Moeaki) who is going to Iowa and I told him that I received a verbal offer, and he was excited, too."

Havili and Moeaki stay in touch on a regular basis, and it's that family tie that was the spark to Iowa's interest in Havili.

"Once Tony started to get recruited, we talked about maybe playing together in college. I told him that whatever school he decided on, I would check them out and see if I could be a fit there, too." Havili said.

"Once Tony committed there, I told him to tell them to give me a look and let my numbers and my film speak for itself. He told the coaches about me, and that is when they started recruiting me. Usually, they don't recruit out here in Utah, but because Tony told them about me, that is how they started to contact me and how we have gotten to them offering me right now."

Havili told us that he is up to nine scholarship offers, including offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Utah, Nebraska, Boise State, Vanderbilt and Iowa.

Outside of the obvious family interest in Iowa, a few additional aspects have caught Havili's attention.

"They have a great tradition there, and I really like Coach (Lester) Erb. He is straight up with me, and I like that in coaches. But I need to get to learn more about them. I would like to make a visit out there. I was trying to get out there this spring, but my team had a football camp, so my plans were postponed.

Iowa is a long way from his Utah home, a fact that does not bother Havili.

"That is not a concern, as distance does not matter; it's all about finding the best fit. But before Tony went there, I had not considered Iowa. But now that verbal came, they are one of my top picks."

Tony Moeaki's brother Larry was recruited by Iowa back in the 1990's, and knowing that he has family in nearby Chicago (Wheaton) is also something that may factor into his decision.

"It means a lot to me to know they are out there. Family is very important to me."

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