The 2017 high school football season is set to begin this week, and once again the state of Utah is proving itself to be a necessary stop on the recruiting trail, as a number of players enter the campaign holding interest from some of the top college programs in the country.
Here's a look at the players in the state from the Class of 2018 (players are listed in alphabetical order) who have either already committed to a school or who are being recruited by multiple Power 5 programs.
National Signing Day is Feb. 8.
Junior Angilau, OL, East: Earlier this spring, Angilau announced via Twitter that he had received scholarship offers from Arizona, Wisconsin, Alabama, UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, Navy and Nebraska. Those were added to offers he already had from the likes of Texas and USC.
Jackson Cravens, DL, Timpview: The nephew of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, Cravens has a number of scholarship offers from Power 5 schools (including Utah), most recently having received one from Georgia.
Tevita Fotu, DL, Herriman: The 6-foot-7 defensive end is a longtime BYU commit, having pledged in December of 2016.
Hunter Lotulelei, DL, Highland: The cousin of Star and Lowell Lotulelei, Hunter committed to the University of Utah clear back in June of 2016.
Chinonso Opara, DL, Juan Diego: A newcomer to football after arriving in the United States from Nigeria in 2014, the 6-foot-9 Opara received offers from BYU and Utah in June and committed to the Cougars earlier this month.
Connor Pay, OL, Lone Peak: Pay has received a number of Power 5 offers, but he has maintained his commitment to BYU, which he chose back in June of 2016.
Tennessee Pututau, LB, East: In 2017, Pututau has indicated via Twitter that he has received offers from Tennessee, Arizona, Navy, Arizona State, Cal, Washington and Wisconsin. He also holds offers from Utah and BYU, among numerous other schools.
Penei Sewell, OL, Desert Hills: The top prospect in the state, Sewell’s father Gabriel told the Deseret News his son is considering Power 5 schools such as Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, Utah, USC, Arkansas and UCLA. The wild card for his services is Nevada, where his brothers Gabriel Jr. and Nephi play.
Sam Taimani, OL/DL, East: A lineman on both sides of the ball, Taimani set a top 7 in June of Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah and Washington.