Top 5 Utah high school football prospects

Published: Tuesday, July 26 2011 3:51 p.m. MDT

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Hunter Dimick: A 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Syracuse HS. He committed to Utah.

Moses Foluahola: A 6-foot, 240-pound defensive end from Hunter HS. He committed to Utah.

Micah Hannemann: A 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back from Lone Peak HS. He committed to BYU.

Sione Houma (pictured): A 6-foot-0, 210-pound running back from Highland HS. He committed to Michigan.

Austin Lee: A 6-foot-0, 185-pound defensive back from Alta HS. He committed to Utah.

Zach Lindsay: A 6-foot-8, 285-pound offensive lineman from Davis HS. He has offers from Utah and BYU.

Moana Ofahengaue: A 6-foot-4, 200-pound linebacker from Westlake HS. He has offers from Utah, Cal, Nebraska, Wyoming, Oregon State and Washington.

Nua Poteki: A 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman from Brighton HS. He committed to Utah.

Steven Richards: A 6-foot-2, 240-pound tight end/defensive end from Alta HS. He committed to BYU.

John Ursua: A 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete from Westlake HS. He's had offers from Utah, BYU and Hawaii.

Vaha Vainuku: A 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle from East HS. He has offers from Utah State and Washington State.
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Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

It seems like Utah keeps producing more and more D-1 talent every year. It wasn't that long ago that only 3 or 4 players were offered D-1 scholarships.


Austin Lee is rated higher on Rivals, Scout & ESPN than Rhett Sandlin. But, because Brandon Gurney is writing this article he puts Sandlin ahead of Lee. Can you say BYU homer!

South Jordan, UT

Excited to have some great recruits on board for the next few years. Nice job Kyle and crew.

Provo, UT

ablackett, I'm sure you're right, if for no other reason than Gurney's opinion differs from yours. So annoying how people have differing opinions.

South Jordan, UT

This list is actually way off, the afalava kid from Bingham is the best player in the state by far. Sandlin is not even in the top 15, He is the reason Bingham beat Alta the last 4 times. He isnt even close to as athletic as Pendelton, Jordan is 10 times the player he is. Congrats to all the players on the list though.

South Jordan, UT

list should go off of the quality of D1 offers and not if they committed to BYU

West Haven, UT

Who cares how they are rated by the DN. For those of you who know for sure who the best player is, I suppose you have seen them all.

No matter what the DN, you or I think, the players will get the offers from those that want them.


for your info 8881, afalava isn't the best in the state, Hinds is....and afalava is a product of having played with some great talent around him. Sandlin was constantly double teamed last year, and while Sandlin did give up one big play to Bingham the reason Alta didn't beat them last year was because Bingham was much better as a team and Alta's qb threw back to back pick 6's in the 4th quarter when it was an 8 pt game.

Big Hapa
Kaysville, UT

Troy is as humble as he is an excellent football player. The Hinds family are all class acts, nothing fake or phony with this family they have big hearts and will be dedicated to what ever comes Troy's way.

From the first rep in little league to now you have been an absolute work of football grid-iron Artistry !Ua Mau ke ia O "Davis" I Kapono ! ( May Davis be perpetuated by its outstanding Youth ! }

Imua Troy and the Davis Darts !

Las Vegas, NV

Looks to me like all they did was rank them according to how many D-1 offers they got, not on any talent or merit basis.

Tooele, UT

Didn't John Ursua transfer to Cedar High School? Or did he move back to Westlake?

Bountiful, UT

It's good for all Utah schools to have this kind of talent growing up in your backyard. Its a reflection on the quality of football being played here.

Kudos to all the youth and H.S. coaches and volunteers for their part in this. You're a credit to the state.

South Jordan, UT


The fact that you think anyone double teams the free safety tells me you know nothing about football. If you would like to explain that to me that would be great. Sandlin got beat on play action for TDs about twice a game. The hinds is good, but not even as close as afalava. Jared could play free safety and be the best safety in the state if they put him there. Hinds isnt even close to being athletic enough to do that. Ive seen both play a number of times and I dont think its that close at all. Oh and by the way that pic 6 was to JARED AFALAVA. I think Bingham is going to double team the corner this year so look out!

LP Fan!
Alpine, UT

chase hansen is a stud

draper, ut

Utahs High School Football Programs, are top notch...Not only are the producing top Athletes, alot of these kids our Honor roll Students. I am a Proud parent of a student athlete,and I am truly greatful that my kids have a chance to learn and play here in the U...To all the coaches that are part of these kids lives, keep doing what youre doing...Look out Texas and all you other football states, UTAH is on the map...kudos to all our student athletes...

Draper, UT

Football881 speaks the truth. Bingham plays to Sandlin's side of the field because he is Alta's weakness.

sid 6.7
Holladay, UT

Hat's off to all these guys! They have served and represented their schools and communities well.

I wish them all the best of luck no matter where they end up.



John Ursua did transfer to Cedar High

Saint George, UT

Is there any football talent south of Provo?

draper, ut


I hear there are a few good athletes,out of springville,hurricane,and pine view.I think that hurricane had 2 last yr, 1 commited to byu and the other utah. The talent that is in the southern part of utah is as good as up north. Hurricane for sure is a very skilled squad,with an excellent coaching staff.no matter where these teams are from North or South, when they get together youre in for a good game..Utah teams always rep it for their schools.....GOOD LUCK to all our Utah HS FOOTBALL TEAMS...........


Ogden, UT

Obviously the talent in Utah outstrips the quality of comments in this blog...

Good job for so many D-1 offers. These kids are good kids. Utah has some great up and coming programs, with a lot of very committed kids, coaches, volunteers, and schools. Keep going, guys! Make us proud this year!

Go Tigers!

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