Stanley Havili is the kind of prospect at runningback that several schools wish they could plug into their offenses. Standing 6' 1" and weighing in at 215 pounds, Havili turns in a blazing 4.4 40 yard dash to add to his stock as one of the finer runningbacks available this year. Stanley is able to bench press 295 pounds while squatting 475 pounds and power cleaning 285 pounds.
During his junior season, Havili produced 1850 yards and 20 touchdowns on 176 carries. He also displayed his wares as a kick returner taking back four kicks for touchdowns. He was named the All-Region Offensive MVP and also took home honors as a First Team All-State runningback. He currently holds offers from Nebraska, Utah, BYU, Vanderbilt, Arizona and Arizona State while garnering interest from Iowa, Colorado and Oregon. He currently claims no favorites. Havili cites his strong points as his ability to see the field and run both north and south along with sideline to sideline effectively.
Havili holds not only offers from some established programs, but also some up and comers. He says that the horserace to gain his attention is currently neck and neck. "They're all recruiting very hard, I don't know anyone who's recruiting more than the other," he said. One such thoroughbred in the race is the Nebraska Cornhuskers, a school with a penchant for a quality runningback. Havili has some positive things to say about the Big Red. "It's a great place, a great football envrionemnt. Top prospects go there and they're a good program every year," said Havili. Stanley also enjoys Nebraska's facilities as well as their fan base. "Their fans are awesome," he said.
Stanley has been able to begin weighing the pros and cons of the schools that have begun to pursue him and it appears that one factor weighs greatly on his eventual decision. "What it comes down to is the coaches, how I can relate to the coaches and how the coaches relate to me on and off the field. Every college has a good education, my relationship towards the coaches and how he feels towards me plays a big factor," said Havili. Stanley will be taking a trip out to Nebraska at the end of May and anticipates meeting runningbacks coach Randy Jordan. "He sounds like a great guy and I can't wait to meet him," he said.
The Cornhuskers have kept up the pace sending Stanley a number of handwritten letters and informational items. Havili said that the Cornhusker coaches have wished him well and expressed their interest in the letters. "I've gotten a lot of mail, a few handwritten letters, probably in the teens. They said that they would really like me there and it's a great place," said Havili. In terms of visits, it appears that Nebraska is going to be the first stop for Havili and his coach, though the other stops haven't been determined yet. Stanley has also made it apparent that he wants to try to get to every college that has expressed curiosity in him. "I really want to visit all of the schools that offer me and show a lot of interest," he said.
The topic has come up about both Havili and his friend, Cottonwood High School Quarterback Alex Cate, possibly ending up at the same school. Stanley maintains that while it would be a great thing to have happen, both of the prospects are looking out for their own best interests. "I would love to play in college with Alex. We've already talked about it before this recruiting started. Now that it's come down to it, it'll probably be our decision because he's looking at different colleges than I. We really do want to go to school together but wherever he might go could play a factor. Right now, it's up in the air," said Havili.