How good are local high school football players compared to their peers in other states?
Cottonwood, Bingham and Timpview each have four players on the list, while a number of individuals from various schools were also recognized. The top-ranked player in the poll was Manti Te'o, a linebacker from Hawaii, whose older brother just committed to BYU. Xavier Su'a Filo, an offensive tackle from Timpview, who is being recruited by LSU, BYU and USC, to name a few, was the top-ranked local player.
"There are a lot of quality high school football players in Utah," said Bill Conley, of ESPN, who was in town for the Nike-SPARQS combine last week. "That's due good coaches and good programs."
Utah players who ranked on the list include the following:
2. Xavier Su'a-Filo, offensive tackle, Timpview
3. John Martinez, offensive guard, Cottonwood
4. Richard Wilson, tight end, Spanish Fork
5. Latu Heimuli, defensive tackle, Highland
14. Craig Bills, safety, Timpview
17. L.T. Filiaga, linebacker, Bingham
21. Vyncent Jones, offensive guard, Jordan
35. Isi Sofele, running back, Cottonwood
41. Tui Chrichton, offensive guard, Timpview
52. Keenyn Walker, CB, Judge
63. Talai Livai, offensive tackle, Bingham
66. Jeff Manning, quarterback, Logan
68. Asi Hosea, safety, Cottonwood
75. Kyle Johnson, offensive guard, Jordan
77. Percy Taumoelau, offensive tackle, Cottonwood
78. Travis Van Leeuwen, wide receiver, Timpview
79. Michael Edmunds, wide receiver, Bingham90. Remington Peck, tight end, Bingham