Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood running back Stanley Havili took his second official visit this past weekend to Iowa. The talented athlete raved about the trip and said the Hawkeye's are definitely a school he could see himself at.
Havili, 6-0, 210 pounds is the top prospect in Utah and one of the best backs in the West region. He combines size, speed and power and was one of the best looking players we saw at the Nike camp at Stanford last summer.
Havili took his first visit to Arizona State a few weeks back and said the trip to Iowa was right on par.
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It's really hard to say what visit I enjoyed more, they were both great," Havili said. "I got out there Friday afternoon and did all the academic stuff and got a tour of the campus. I then basically hung out with the team the rest of the day. I did the walk through with them, watched some film and then we all ate together.
"My host was my cousin, Tony Moeaki and he really likes it there. Since they had a huge game Saturday, we just stayed in his room and then went to bed pretty early. The next day was the game with Michigan and the game atmosphere there was unlike anything I've ever seen. I can't really describe it but the fans were the best I've seen and it was just an incredible game.
"After the game, the players and everyone were pretty disappointed but I was still really impressed with the coaches and how hard the team played. Those coaches are as good as anyone in the country and so humble too. I really liked them a lot and felt like I could learn a lot from them. That night we went out a little and then went back to Tony's house and called it a night.
"Overall, it was a great visit. I felt comfortable with everyone and liked the city as well. It's definitely a school I think I would fit in well at. Arizona State was a great visit too and I like their team and the coaches. They don't have much depth at running back at all so playing time would be real good there. Iowa has a lot of depth at running back so it would be tougher to play early there but that's OK because I'm not afraid to compete and feel I would still get a chance if I went there."
Havili said he wants to take the rest of his trips but has no idea who might get those last three visits right now.
"Honestly, I really don't know," Havili said. "I know I want to take them and I have about 15 offers so it will come from one of those schools but I'm really focusing hard on our football season. I knew I wanted to take these first two trips but that will probably be it until after our season is over. I want to help our team win a state title and then I'll go back to thinking about recruiting."