Posted: 11:59 pm Monday, February 24th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
What a difference a week has made for Jayson Stanley.
Last weekend, the wide receiver from Creekside High School held early offers from UNC Charlotte and Marshall.
But everyone knew it was just a matter of time before Stanley shoot to the moon in recruiting circles after the way he emerged as one of the best players in the RisingSeniors.com all-star game.
Stanley’s time has finally arrived.
Over the last week, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has added offers from Auburn, Kentucky, Cal and Purdue.
On Monday night, Stanley talked over the phone with Alabama coach Nick Saban.
“I had actually called (assistant Lance) Thompson, and he put me on the phone with Coach Saban,” Stanley told the AJC. “He (Saban) basically said he had watched my tape numerous times today, and he was saying they wanted to offer me. He talked to my mom a lot. That’s how it went.”
What was Stanley’s reaction to the Alabama offer? “I was real surprised. I was happy. I felt really satisfied about it.”
Which college will be next? Stanley thinks it may be Clemson. “Their offensive coordinator just followed me on Twitter today, so I feel like they are close. When I was growing up, I looked up to Clemson and Oregon.”
He’s also feeling good about his chances with UGA. “Georgia may be close. When I talk to Georgia, they really want me to get up there and talk to Coach Richt. But I haven’t really had the chance to go up there yet.”
Stanley’s father, Jimmy Stanley, played running back and wide receiver at Georgia Tech. The younger Stanley has been in contact with the Yellow Jackets.
“I’m trying to schedule a day to get over there, too,” he said. “I’m definitely keeping them in my choices. But I’m still looking around.”
Lovejoy High School’s Preston Williams (committed to Tennessee) is rated as the state’s No. 1 prospect at wide receiver but Stanley is considered the next best thing. Some recruiters even rank Stanley over Williams because he is considered a “safer bet” than the high-risk, high-reward Williams.
GEORGIA OL DE-COMMITS
For reasons that still aren’t really clear, Creekside offensive lineman Marquel Harrell abruptly de-committed from Ole Miss on Monday night. He had pledged to the Rebels earlier this month.
“I had to refocus back on my academics and my teammates,” Harrell told the AJC when asked why he de-committed.
If that’s the case, then that’s opposite of how it usually works: Kids usually commit early to get the recruiting process out of the way, so they can focus on academics and their senior year of football.
Maybe Harrell felt like he rushed his decision? Since committing to Ole Miss, the big guy has picked up offers from Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Purdue, UNC and UCF. More are on the way.
Was that the case? “Not really,” Harrell said.
Whatever the deal is, Harrell said he personally informed Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, and that he’s still considering the Rebels. “Coach Freeze understands, because I have to get my education and play with my teammates now so I can get to the next level.”
When will Harrell commit now? “Once I take all my visits and clear everything up with my coaches and parents, that’s when I will make my final decision,” he said.
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