Utah earns commitment from 2023 California running back
Utah has been developing some of the best running backs in the Pac-12.
That’ll play awfully well on the recruiting trail. And on Tuesday, the Utes picked up a commitment from 3-star Granada Hills (Calif.) athlete Dijon Stanley. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound track star will play running back for the Utes, telling 247Sports that other schools felt he was too small for the position but Utah believes he can contribute there.
I would like to announce that I am committed to the University Of Utah.I would like to thank @UtahCoachWhitt @Coach_Ludwig @coachqganther for this amazing opportunity. Let’s work! #GOUTES #forever22 pic.twitter.com/5KhKiKVtq4
— Dijon “Doodie” Stanley (@dijon_stanley4) June 14, 2022
Stanley rates as a 3-star in the industry-generated 247 Composite. The in-house evaluators for 247Sports consider him to be the 30th-best prospect from the state of California and the No. 31 athlete in the 2023 class. He had offers from BYU, Colorado, and Michigan, among others.
His junior stats appear to be only partially updated on his high school’s MaxPreps page, but he’s credited with 63 carries for a ridiculous 1,009 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore. On the track, he ran a 10.76 100m, a 21.30 200m, and a 46.94 400m as a junior.
He told 247Sports’ Greg Biggins that Utah envisions a role for him similar to the one Micah Bernard fills now: “Micah is really versatile and they can move him around from running back and also flex him out. They see me in the same way. A lot of schools said I was too small to play running back but Utah wants me there and that’s where I’m most comfortable as well.”
Stanley’s pledge gives Utah its third known commit for the 2023 cycle. You can view his highlight tape below, via Hudl: