The talent at Camden (N.J.) Woodrow Wilson High is no longer a secret. After defensive back Edwin Lopez and linebacker Jelani McCargo made history for the school as Division I athletes, schools made Wilson a regular recruiting stop.
Rutgers, NC State and North Carolina were all at Wilson High Wednesday morning. Both the Scarlet Knights and Wolfpack issued new offers because of it.
“Knowing how players develop and how I'm able to help them as far as growing, Stanley will probably grow into a Martellus Bennett type of body,” said Wilson head coach Preston Brown. “He's skinny with long arms. He's put on about 17 pounds from the season. He's got a frame to grow into. We'll get him to about 215, and he'll enter college and be 240 in no time. He's a hybrid. He can dominate and be a future Sunday player. Him and his brother will be like the Bennett brothers.”
Rutgers also offered 2020 defensive end Fadil Diggs. NC State reaffirmed a verbal offer to Diggs from earlier in the recruiting cycle.
“He's going to be the best player in the 2020 class,” Brown s aid. “The first thing (that stands out) is his measurables. He's going to grow and develop and he's already physically gifted. He's dominant at tight end and receiver at blocking. We didn't put much film out on that, but you'll see that this year with his explosiveness.”
Wilson is a hotbeat for recruiting talent after Lopez and McCargo blazed a trail. Lopez committed and signed with Rutgers while McCargo took his talents to Navy.
Brown saw a similar transformation at Camden (N.J.) High when Sean Chandler (Temple) and Andrew Stevens (Maine) opened doors for prospects like Brad Hawkins, Cesar Ruiz and Ron Johnson.
“Those guys become the sacrificial lambs,” Brown said. “It's Similar to what we have now with McCargo and Lopez. They sparked the engine. I was a part of that growing process and helping develop those guys. Having guys like Tank (Lopez) and Jelani going on to college ball, those guys really stirred up the pot. All those young guys are soaking it in.”