Havili Soaks in Visit to Iowa City

Family connections never hurt in the recruiting game, especially when talking about two talented players like Tony Moaeki and Stanley Havili. While Moaeki's signature meant a lot to Iowa last year considering he was the best tight end in the nation, it also paid early dividends in the Class of 2006; it led to the recruitment of Salt Lake City (Cottonwood) running back Stanley Havili, who officially visited Iowa this past weekend.

The Iowa Hawkeyes could have asked for a better script, such as beating Michigan on Saturday, but the weekend was still enough to leave a lasting impression on running back Stanley Havili.

"The fans at Iowa are just so unbelievable and they really support their team," said Havili. "It was a crazy atmosphere there at Iowa and the Hawkeyes are the only team I care about in the Midwest. Iowa also has a very good academic program."

Havili is a bruising type of back with a combination of size, speed, and agility, which is exactly why Iowa covets his signature.

"Coach Ferentz told me they have offers out to four running backs, including myself, and that I was the first guy they brought out to Iowa City," added Havili, who was hosted by his cousin Tony Moeaki. "I think my size is a factor in why they like me so much and then you can combine that with my speed. They also like the fact I can catch out of the backfield as I'm our team's leading receiver. He just said I'd have to compete to earn time and I feel I can do that."

Beyond Coach Ferentz, Havili made it no secret that his admiration grew for the entire Hawkeye coaching staff.

"Iowa has such great coaches and this was the first visit were I really felt that I developed a relationship with each member of a staff. Coach (Ron) Aiken was one of the first coaches to come up and talk to me for a good length of time, and I later found out that he was the defensive line coach. All of the coaches were still so friendly and optimistic after the game even though they had just lost," stated Havili.

Havili said the loss had no effect on his feelings towards Iowa as he believed the Hawkeyes played a hard fought game, but were bitten by some mistakes.

"Iowa definitely wasn't out-coached, or anything, but just had some dropped balls and things that ended up hurting them at the end of the game," said Havili.

As far as a timetable for his decision, he said he hopes to have one sometime in December, but that he also would like to take his remaining three official visits.

"Coach (Lester) Erb told me that with my recruitment, they are on my clock and they will be with me until I make my decision," stated Havili.

Havili's cousin and host, Tony Moeaki, recorded one reception for 18 yards. The rising freshman has made his way onto the field quite a bit this fall, but according to Stanley, he still hasn't found his way off the field.

"Tony is just so funny," stated Havili, whose younger cousin, Class of 2007 DT Simi Fili (6'3 330), is already attracting interest from Iowa and others.

"Really, once he gets to know you and is comfortable with you, he really opens up, and is just a funny kid. He didn't even know his way around Iowa City; I don't think he gets out too much. He had to keep going to a couple of his teammates to find out where to go."

Havili mentioned Cal, Arizona, Hawaii and BYU as possibilities for his remaining visits. He has already visited Arizona State.

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