High school sports: 26 athletes to watch in 2013-14

Published: Friday, Aug. 2 2013 12:15 a.m. MDT

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In football, size is critical, and there won’t be many players bigger and more dominant on the gridiron in 2013 than Brighton senior Jackson Barton.

Barton, who’s already verbally committed to Utah, checks in a 6 foot 6 and 280 pounds. The offensive tackle enters his senior season ranked No. 62 on Rivals.com’s list of the top 100 high school seniors in the country.

He will be a handful for any defense this season, and he's a big reason why big things are expected of the Bengals this season.

The past two school years Barton has also played on Brighton’s basketball team, primarily on the sophomore and junior varsity teams. Only time will tell if his size earns him playing time on the varsity team this year.
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Holladay, UT

The sport that requires possibly the most dedication, certainly the most practice is not even mentioned? Why no swimmers on the list?

Kings Court
Alpine, UT

How about the 26 academics to watch in 2013-2014?

Woods Cross, UT


Utah is NOT a swimming state. Very few swimmers from Utah go on to swim for universities.

Allen, TX

And for one better, Google Kyler Murray, who, as a Sophomore led The Allen Eagles to the Texas 5A-1 State title last year, throwing for 2,000 yards and running for nearly 1,400 last fall.

Utah sports.....pshh.

Used to be the Utes could play some B-ball....

Orem, UT

Utah plays very good ball for its population. Texas' population is so much more than Utah they should put out 20 times the athletes at least. So what are you bragging about? That's like Utah bragging they put more athletes out than a small town in Texas. Well the population is quite a bit more.
When it comes to basketball, Utah fares quite well. Lone Peak was the #1 team nationally as a public and not private school. Where was Texas? And what about the university that consistently recruits and acquires the top athletes in your overrated state, the University of Texas? How have they done recently in football AND basketball? Talk about disappointing and completely overrated.
Texas sports... psh.....

red rocks
Saint George, UT

We are happy you are proud of your son.

Las Vegas, NV

J-TX: Google Steve Young - Top-rated passer in NFL history; Super Bowl MVP in 1995; only quarterback with 30,000 yards passing and 4,000 rushing. Where is he from?


How many people in Connecticut?

South Jordan, UT

How is the #1 rated tight end in the NATION not on here?

Holladay, UT

@Oatmeal, there is no mention of who will play in college. It is about top athletes. College wasn't even mentioned but heart, passion and determination were highlighted.

USC Fan in Utah
Spanish Fork, UT

Things must be pretty boring in texas to come troll on little ol insignificant Utah Local paper......

slc, UT

Swimming is not big in this state, but Oatmeal you could not be more wrong about swimmers going to D1 schools. Last year, Long Guittierez signed with Cal (remember so did Missy Franklin!!!!). Each year, there are a handful of very talented swimmers who sign with big name D1 schools. But as mentioned, that has nothing to do with this review.
Academics would be nice-nice that Taylor Calton is 140 in her class, but really does this mean she is some academic prowess, not likely. Most top athletes are top because they are not top at academics, nor are they likely to be in college due to the constraints of meshing college with missing huge numbers of classes. There are some very talented athletes who are both top notch in their classes and just a smidge below these guys listed. Too bad they get little recognition!

American Fork/USA, UT

The ranking for Taylor Calton is not where she falls in academic listing for her class, it refers to her National Tennis Ranking which is very impressive. However, being a 4.0 student would make her an academic prowess.
This young lady will go on to accomplish amazing things in her life because she has chosen to be a success with education and her talent of Tennis.

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