Signing day 2014 is still many months away, but college football coaches have already put in huge amounts of work to unearth the stars of tomorrow.

The state of Utah's 2014 recruiting class looks especially strong, with seven in-state prospects already committed to play for FBS programs. Many others will get similar opportunities over the next few months.

Brandon Gurney of the Deseret News and Dan Sorensen of take a look at the top uncommitted 2014 prospects from the state of Utah. It’s important to keep in mind that the list can change based on each player’s performance in camps, combines and games in 2013. However, these are the players that high school and college football enthusiasts should keep an eye on.

Gurney and Sorensen appeared live on to discuss these recruits and to answer reader questions regarding their status. A full replay of that chat is now available for viewing.

View the complete list, beginning with Bingham High School tight end Dalton Schultz.

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Dalton Schultz

Tight End

Bingham High School

It’s undeniable that Schultz is the top uncommitted prospect in the state of Utah right now. He is ranked among the top 250 players in America by every major recruiting service and has scholarship offers from Utah, BYU, Stanford, Oklahoma, Florida, Nebraska and others. At 6 foot 6 inches and 230 pounds, Schultz has the size and athleticism to be a star at the next level.

Ula Tolutau

Running back

East High School

Tolutau continues the strong tradition of big power backs that come out of the state of Utah, with a skill set reminiscent of former Bingham High School All-American Harvey Langi.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound back has terrific speed and athleticism for a player his size and could very well be the best high school running back in the state this fall. Tolutau has early offers from Utah and BYU, and a number of other programs have expressed interest.

Jonah Trinnaman

Wide receiver and Defensive back

American Fork High School

Trinnaman may be the most intriguing prospect of the group. His speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness marks at the Los Angeles Nike combine and his 10.89 100-meter time at the BYU Invitational this year prove that he has the speed and athleticism to compete at a high level.

Given his athleticism, Trinnaman should have ample opportunity to play at the next level — especially if he can show on the camp circuit that his speed and athleticism translate to the football field.

Thor Katoa


Pine View High School

Katoa is a big, hard-hitting middle linebacker prospect that has caught the eye of several college recruiters, including all three in-state FBS schools. As a junior, Katoa was a big playmaker for the Pine View defense, recording 73 tackles and two sacks. He also forced four fumbles and scored two touchdowns on fumble recoveries.

Pita Tonga

Defensive tackle

Highland High School

Tonga mostly plays defensive end for Highland, but is more likely to play on the inside at the next level. At 6 foot 2 inches and 275 pounds, Tonga has the size to play multiple positions along the line. Tonga’s best attributes are his strength and ability to shed blocks. He has the opportunity to earn several scholarship offers with strong performances on the camp circuit this summer.

Kavika Fonua


Syracuse High School

Fonua has one of the strongest resumes of any in-state member of the class of 2014. He was named first-team all-state as a junior while compiling 100 tackles and four touchdowns.

Fonua’s stock has gone up in recent weeks after running a 4.48 40-yard dash at the Dallas Nike camp. All three in-state schools are looking closely at Fonua, and scholarship offers will likely come soon.

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Isaiah Kaufusi


Brighton High School

As one of the state’s top linebacker prospects, Kaufusi has good speed and is a solid tackler. Kaufusi is a versatile athlete that plays well in pass coverage. He already has an offer from BYU and several other schools have been looking at him. The Cougars look to be in the driver’s seat for his services.

Mack Richards

Wide receiver

Alta High School

Richards shared the field with two of the state’s best receivers last season in Hawaii signee Ammon Barker and Utah signee Harrison Handley. However, this year will be Richards’ time to shine.

As one of the fastest players in the state, Richards has big-play capability and is also a talented returner on special teams. Don’t be surprised if Richards puts up monster numbers this fall.

Tani Leha'uli

Running back

Granger High School

Lehauli is one of the state’s top backs. As a junior, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound back rushed for 1,759 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has terrific vision, can make tacklers miss and has sufficient speed to be a home run threat when he gets into the open field. Lehauli is also a standout punt and kickoff returner.

Baron Bruce

Offensive lineman

Alta High School

One of the top offensive line prospects in the class, Bruce plays right tackle for Alta but projects better as a guard at the next level. He has a nice punch, plays with aggressiveness and has solid footwork.

Bruce is also getting looks from each of the major in-state schools and could earn scholarship offers with strong play during the summer and fall.

Chase Christiansen


Stansbury High School

Christiansen is one of the most intriguing prospects in the class of 2014. He plays quarterback and linebacker for Stansbury and is a big-time playmaker on both sides of the ball, but he will play linebacker in college. Christiansen takes great angles, is a good hitter and should have the opportunity to play on Saturdays.

Isaiah Holloway


Timpview High School

Holloway is one of the best cover corners in the state. He has good instincts and has shown the ability to break on the ball. Holloway was a big-play defensive back for Timpview as a junior, recording 50 tackles and four interceptions.

Baron Gajkowski

Quarterback and Free Safety

Lone Peak High School

Gajkowski is one of the most versatile athletes in the state. The Lone Peak quarterback passed for 2,204 yards and 19 TDs and rushed for 1,155 yards and 13 TDs as a junior. However, even though he has put up strong numbers behind center in high school, Gajkowski will most likely play safety in college.

Sky Manu


Bingham High School

Manu has been a multiyear starter on a very good Bingham defense. At 5 foot 11 inches and 180 pounds, he has the size to play strong safety at the next level. Manu is a strong tackler that is especially good at defending the run. He will have several opportunities to play himself into scholarship offers in the coming months.

Kyle Christiansen

Offensive line

Mountain Crest

Christiansen is a big, aggressive lineman that plays both ways for Mountain Crest. On the offensive side of the ball, he has a nice punch coming off the line and moves well enough to play guard at the next level. He’s also a good run-stuffing defensive tackle prospect. Utah State would do well to try to keep him close to home.

Clay Moss

Running back

Jordan High School

Moss was a touchdown machine last year for Jordan, scoring 22 on his way to first-team all-state honors in 5A. He’s a workhorse back that won’t necessarily win out in the speed department, but has good vision and instincts and follows his blocks well. He also has the strength to run through arm tackles, which should give him opportunities to play at the next level.

Colton Grossaint


Kearns High School

Grossaint was a versatile, athletic big-play threat for Kearns as a junior. He can play multiple positions on both sides of the ball, but his best position is linebacker. At 6 foot 1 inches and 205 pounds, Grossaint might be a bit of a tweener between the linebacker and safety positions, but he has shown that he is capable of making big plays when it counts.

Chipper Lucero


Alta High School

Lucero is arguably the best thrower among the in-state quarterbacks in the class of 2014. He threw for 3,414 yards and 37 TDs as a junior while leading one of the state’s most high-powered offensive attacks. At 6 foot 2 and 200 pounds, Lucero has the size and skill set to get the attention of colleges.

Rhett Van Leeuwen

Wide receiver

Timpview High School

Van Leeuwen put up nice numbers as a junior, hauling in 41 catches for 779 yards and nine touchdowns. The 6-foot-2 wideout can adjust to the ball and isn’t afraid to make the tough catch in traffic, which is an attribute that is coveted by college coaches.

Austin Kruger

Defensive tackle

Lone Peak High School

Kruger is another in what is turning out to be a very solid group of defensive line prospects in the class of 2014. At 6 foot 4 inches and 250 pounds, Kruger will have to bulk up a bit to play defensive tackle, which is his most natural position, at the next level. However, he has shown enough ability to be a run stuffer, and several colleges are looking hard at him.