Posted: 11:08 pm Friday, August 15th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
Could a Georgia Tech legacy commit to archrival UGA on Saturday night?
The Bulldogs are one of the finalists for Jayson Stanley, a 4-star wide receiver from Creekside High School.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Stanley is also considering Oregon, Auburn and Miami.
His father is Jimmy Stanley, the former Georgia Tech running back and wide receiver who lettered for the Yellow Jackets in 1980 and 1981 seasons. The younger Stanley got an offer from Georgia Tech, but only briefly considered them because “after visiting there once, it didn’t seem like the greatest place to be.”
Jayson Stanley will reveal his college decision at 7 p.m. Saturday via Twitter.
“The school I commit to tonight is most likely where I’ll sign,” he told the AJC on Saturday afternoon.
He will be joined by one of his teammates, safety Joshua Moon, who is deciding between UNC, Utah and Indiana at the same time.
Both Stanley and Moon specifically planned for Aug. 16 in honor their late Creekside teammate, DaAntre Turman. He died last summer after breaking his neck while making a tackle in a scrimmage.
“He was looking for a special day to go ahead and commit,” Creekside coach Olten Downs told the AJC.
“He and some other guys wanted to commit on the anniversary of ‘Tre Tre’s’ (Turman’s) death. So tomorrow will make one year, so that’s why he wanted to go ahead and announce and commit tomorrow.”
UGA appears to be the heavy frontrunner for Stanley, as 74-percent of the recruiting experts project him to pick the Bulldogs in the 247sports.com Crystal Ball predictions, followed by Auburn (21 percent) and Clemson (5 percent).
Auburn is also a contender after Stanley made an unofficial visit with the Tigers last week.
Oregon and Miami are long shots because Stanley has never visited either college.
UGA’s biggest need in this year’s recruiting class is wide receivers, and the Bulldogs could sign at least five.
Stanley helped Creekside win the Class AAAAA state championship as a junior, catching 41 passes for 817 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. But he didn’t have any scholarship offers until a breakout performance in December’s RisingSeniors.com all-star game, catching a pair of long touchdown passes.
If Stanley picks UGA, he would be the second Georgia Tech legacy to be a member of this year’s recruiting class for the archrival Bulldogs. The father of offensive lineman Sage Hardin played one season at Georgia Tech before transferring to UVA.
Note: Stanley’s coach said the Clemson was a finalist, but Stanley said his fourth finalist is Miami.
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