Four high school football players including three all-state offensive linemen - plus a junior college transfer have said they will sign a national letter of intent to play football at the University of Utah.
Hema Katoa, an all-state lineman from Granger High School, and Tony Tanara, a linebacker/lineman from Las Vegas, told the Deseret News Wednesday that they will sign with Utah. Two prep linemen from Hawaii - Toele Faamoe and Roy Maafala - told the Honolulu Advertiser that they also will sign with Utah.Universities can't sign prep recruits to letters of intent until Feb. 6.
Reggie Alston, a star defensive back for Northwest Mississippi Community College, told the Deseret News that he will sign with Utah.
Alston, a 6-2, 215-pound preseason JC all-America pick, last season made nearly 100 tackles, intercepted six passes and threw two TD passes.
Alston's recruiting visits included trips to Miami and Houston.
Katoa, who is 6-foot-3, 285 pounds, was a two-year starter for Granger, playing both offensive tackle and noseguard.
Faamoe, 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, was an all-state offensive lineman for Kahuku High in Kahuku, Hawaii. He chose Utah over Washington, Oregon State and Hawaii.
Roy Maafala, a two-time all-state offensive lineman from St. Louis School - a private school in Honolulu - was recruited by San Diego State, Washington, BYU and Hawaii, where two brothers once played.
Maafala reportedly was rated by coaches as the top lineman in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.
Tanara, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, was a three-year starter at Bishop Gormon High.