Stanley Plays Lights Out

Toombs County junior TJ Stanley had one of the more impressive games of Week 8. The 2025 quarterback helped his team to the win over previously #1 ranked Appling County and catapulted his team to #2 in 2A. The junior signal-caller was named our Player of the Week as a result.

Stanley was efficient throwing for 200 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for another score. Toombs County won 31-28, the junior had to make some seriously tough throws including driving his team down the field quickly with 2 minutes left and converting the 2-point conversion.

The season has been great for Stanley who has thrown for 1724 yards, 17 touchdowns, and rushed for 140 yards with 3 more scores. As mentioned, his efficiency has been impressive with ha 132.5 QBR, but perhaps the most important stat is that his team is now 7-0.

We asked the junior how the season had been going.

“I’d describe my junior year as a really good new experience for me to have new coaches new team and to come in and have this team play like they have it’s been incredible to work with this team,” he said.

With the regular season more than 2/3 of the way through, the junior already has accomplished a lot. Stanley still has his eye on finishing out his goals.

“My goals for the rest of the year is to be a 2,000-yard regular season passer and a 500-yard rusher along with an undefeated season with my boys!”

Toombs County is easily playing the best football we have seen since we started covering the state in 2014. They have talent across the board, and tough athletes up front to move the line of scrimmage.

Having a strong QB like Stanley has been a huge advantage, and he is a major strength for the program. That said, we were curious to hear about where he felt he needed to improve to take that next step.

“Where I need to improve at the most is my consistency and to continue to improve in my distribution of the ball to my skill guys,” he said.

As a leader of the offense, Stanley tries to keep everything organized. Clearly, his focus is directed at making his team compete at a high-level and perform the best.

“My mindset on the field is perfect execution I want my offense running as smoothly as possible. I want to do whatever is necessary to help my guys at the end of the day.”

On the recruiting end, Stanley mentioned that everything is just getting started. He’s taken one visit so far and talked about how all of that went.

“Recruiting for me right now is I would say kind of slow I had an amazing visit with Charlotte North Carolina and had an amazing time with the coaches and loved the atmosphere but that’s the only attention I’ve gotten so far,” Stanley said.

The 6’3″ quarterback is a good athlete, and you have to like his toughness sticking in the pocket and making some tough throws. He has some good creativity in his game, and some of the throws he completes are at a high degree of difficulty.

On top of having good skills, the junior has an excellent GPA of 4.0, so we are sure that more colleges are to take note. His recruitment should heat up soon enough, so be sure to follow @RecruitGeorgia on Twitter/X to hear more about Stanley and players all across the state.


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