The recruiting class of 2014 in the state of Utah is shaping up to be among the strongest recruiting classes of recent years. Although college coaches are still in the spring evaluation period, seven Utah high school athletes have already made commitments to FBS universities.

Today we break down which 2014 prospects have already made commitments and where they’re planning on playing college football.

Dan Sorensen is managing editor of, college football recruiting specialist and a Deseret News Contributor. Email: [email protected]

Jackson Barton

Position: Offensive Tackle

Brighton High School

Committed to the University of Utah

Barton, far and away the best high school prospect in the state of Utah this year, committed to Utah over a year ago. At 6-foot-7 inches and 280 pounds, Barton has the prototypical size of an elite left tackle prospect and has performed at a high level against the best competition in the nation on the combine circuit.

Rated the number 62 prospect in the nation by, Barton is the highest rated prospect to come out of the state of Utah in the last decade and will be looked upon to anchor the Ute offensive line for years to come.

Bryan Mone

Position: Defensive Tackle

Highland High School

Committed to the University of Michigan

Mone, a 6-foot-4 inch, 320 pound defensive tackle, is another national-caliber recruit coming out of the Salt Lake City area. Rated the number 12 defensive tackle and 172 prospect overall by, Mone committed early to play for Michigan next season.

Mone is a physically imposing defensive tackle that can take over games and was earned first team All-State honors as a junior. The Michigan commit chose the wolverines over offers from Utah, BYU, Utah State, Wisconsin, UCLA and Ole Miss, among others.

Allan Havili

Position: Defensive Tackle

Stansbury High School

Committed to the University of Utah

Havili is an early Utah commit that chose the Utes over early offers from Arizona, Wisconsin, Utah State and Hawaii. Rated the number 34 defensive tackle in the nation by, Havili recorded 87 tackles en route to second team All-State honors in 3A as a junior.

The 6-foot-4 inch, 300 pound defensive tackle is one of the strongest linemen in the state of Utah and his style of play is a perfect fit for Kalani Sitake’s defensive scheme, where he’ll try to continue the legacy of elite defensive linemen that have played at the U.

Korey Rush

Position: Defensive End

East High School

Committed to Arizona State University

Rush is the latest in-state prospect to commit to an FBS school, pledging to play for Arizona State last week. Rush will head to Tempe as the best pure pass rusher in Utah high school football after recording 17.5 sacks and earning first team All-State honors as a junior.

Although he lacks the prototypical size of a defensive end, Rush is an explosive athlete that should fit well into the hybrid end/linebacker position that has been an important piece of the Sun Devils’ defensive scheme. Rush chose Arizona State over offers from Ole Miss, Utah State and Weber State.

Zac Dawe

Position: Defensive End

Pleasant Grove High School

Committed to BYU

Dawe, BYU’s first in-state commit for the 2014 class, is a high motor defensive lineman that will fit well as a strong side end in Bronco Mendenhall’s defensive scheme. The 6-foot-4 inch 260 pound lineman plays both offense and defense for Pleasant Grove, but will focus on defense when he joins the Cougars.

Given BYU’s lack of depth along the defensive line, keeping Dawe close to home before he received other offers was an important recruiting win for Mendenhall’s staff. Dawe earned honorable mention All-State honors as a junior last year and is also an elite high school wrestler.

Amone Finau

Position: Running Back/Safety

Kearns High School

Committed to the University of Utah

Finau committed to Utah last July after earning a scholarship offer on the heels of strong performances at the All-Poly Camp and Utah’s elite prospect camp. At 6-foot-2 inches, and 175 pounds, Finau is a versatile athlete that returned kicks and played running back, receiver and defensive back for Kearns as a junior.

With the graduation of workhorse running back James Felila, Finau is expected to have a breakout season as a senior this fall. Utah is recruiting Finau as an athlete, but don’t be surprised if he ends up on the defensive side of the ball when he ends up on the hill.

Kenyon Frison

Position: Offensive Tackle

Granger High School

Committed to the University of Utah

Frison’s path to a scholarship at Utah is reminiscent of the 2009 film The Blind Side. The 6-foot-7 inch, 310-pound goliath began playing organized football for the first time as a junior, and quickly worked his way into Granger’s starting lineup.

Frison has tremendous athleticism and quickness for his size and has shown an affinity for learning the game that will serve him well as he prepares to play at the next level. Despite his inexperience, Frison has already shown on the camp circuit that he can compete against top-level competition.