Recruiting prospects make their way to All Poly Camp in hopes of getting noticed
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
LAYTON — One of the big benefits of attending the All Poly Camp for young football players is the opportunity to get noticed by college programs. Top coaches always attend the three-day camp to help administer drills while keeping a watchful eye on the participants.
Day two of this year's camp Friday featured most of the coaches from BYU, Utah and Utah State, along with coaches from top Big 12 and Pac-12 programs, including Stanford, Washington, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
That those coaches will be in attendance isn't not lost on prospects hoping for an offer — particularly those entering their senior seasons.
One such prospect is Pine View's Thor Katoa, who has been hearing a lot from BYU, Utah and Utah State, among other programs, but hasn't yet received any offers.
"This is definitely a great chance for me to show coaches that I can play," said the 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker. "It's up to me to go as hard as I can, and that's my goal this week. This is a great opportunity for me."
Others, such as Breiden Fehoko, have already received a lots of attention stemming from this camp and other combines. Fehoko is the younger brother of current Utah Ute V.J. Fehoko. He's from Farrington (Hawaii) High School.
"I got offered by BYU yesterday and also got offered by Wisconsin," Fehoko, a defensive tackle prospect, said. "I have a lot of good offers right now and I obviously like Utah a lot because of my brother playing there and I know the coaches real well."
OPPORTUNITY TO IMPROVE: Many participants have already committed to schools, but showed up anyway to take part in the quality instruction and high level of competition.
Among the committed prospects were future Arizona State Sun Devil and East High product Korey Rush (6-foot-3, 230) and future Utah Utes Jackson Barton (6-foot-6, 275) from Brighton High and Allan Havili (6-foot-4, 270) from Stansbury High.
"I just like coming and playing against the best competition I can," Havili said. "This is a great camp to improve."
That sentiment was shared by Syracuse's Kavika Fonua, who recently received offers from both BYU and Utah.
"I want to get better, and you get better by being here," Fonua said. "This is the best competition around and I wouldn't have been the player I am today without this camp."
Fonua is a 6-foot, 205-pound safety prospect who holds offers from both BYU and Utah. He leaned BYU's way until Utah came forward with an offer after the program's elite camp.
"I'd say both schools are neck and neck right now," Fonua said. "It's really going to be tough to choose between both of them because they both have so many great things to offer. I wanted to decide before the season, but I may now have to wait and see how both teams do this year and then maybe decide."
The All Poly Camp concludes Saturday.