The state of Utah has produced top-flight football recruits most years, but perhaps never like it will for next year's coming class. It's only early June and there's already several prospects holding multiple offers from top FBS programs and with the offers the designation of a "national recruit."
Producing national-level recruits isn't abnormal for the state, but the amount of national recruits at this still early stage of the process this year is extraordinary.
So who are the state's top recruits and what schools have offered them and where are they leaning? Brandon Gurney got together with Utezone.com's Dan Sorensen to put together a list of the state's top football prospects.
Recruits were evaluated based on offers received, conversations with coaches and other experts, and through film and first-hand evaluations. The list is tenuous because other top prospects usually come forward following June's intense camp period.
Masina burst onto the national recruiting scene right after his sophomore season and has seen a steady increase in attention since. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect currently holds offers from most Pac-12 and Big 12 programs along with several Big Ten and SEC programs. He’s rated as the No. 52 overall prospect nationally by scout.com and No. 58 by rivals.com.
He is uncommitted and most reports have him looking to sign with an out-of-state program. Should he stay in-state he’s most likely to join his older brother, Uaea Masina, at Utah.
Perhaps no in-state recruit has seen his stock rise as rapidly as Gustin’s has over the last few months. A relatively unknown a year ago at this time, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Salem Hills standout has piled up the offers and will have the luxury of deciding between some of the top collegiate programs nationally. Gustin is ranked as the No. 61 prospect nationally by scout.com and No. 113 by rivals.com.
Both BYU and Utah are still in the hunt, but will have to contend with the likes of USC, Florida State, Ohio State and other national powerhouses to secure his services.
James was the leader of Herriman’s dominant offensive line last season and many programs have taken note. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound prospect currently holds offers from a bevy of Pac-12 and Big 12 schools including USC, Oregon and Oklahoma. He’s rated as a four-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout.
He is undecided, but has narrowed his favorites to six (Utah, USC, Oregon, UCLA, Ohio State and Oklahoma.)
Folau committed to Stanford last July, but is still being pursued by several national and in-state schools hoping to sway Utah’s best inside linebacker prospect. A steady stream of coaches from top programs have visited the 6-foot-1, 240-pound prospect recently despite his Cardinal commitment.
Hunt currently holds 11 offers according to scout.com, including BYU, Utah, Utah State, Oregon and Oklahoma. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Bengal could play at end in a 4-3 system and potentially at weak side linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.
He is uncommitted and has stated a lot of interest in both BYU and Utah.
Lake committed to BYU last summer and has not been swayed despite rising interest from many top national programs including Alabama and Oregon. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect is rated a four-star prospect by scout.com and will give the Cougars a rare prime cornerback prospect out of high school should he stay true to his commitment.
Corner Canyon hasn’t been around for long, but it’s already pumping out its first big-time prospect in Bowen. The behemoth 6-foot-7, 310-pound prospect has seen rising interest from multiple Pac-12 and Big 12 programs, several of which have provided offers along with in-state programs such as Utah and BYU.
Bowen is uncommitted, but has a lot of interest in Utah.
Kafentzis committed last summer to Wisconsin thereby short-circuiting many potential offers which undoubtedly would have come for the record-breaking quarterback. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound prospect is a superb athlete who could play any number of positions at the next level.
The son of former BYU player and coach Mike Empey, James is a three-star prospect and holds offers from Utah, Utah State, Boise State and Washington according to rivals.com. Other top programs have shown recent interest and his offer list should expand by the end of the summer camp period for the 6-foot-4, 270-pound athlete.
Utah appears to be the early favorite for his services according to reports.
Reid is a versatile athlete who could play at either linebacker or defensive end at the next level. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound athlete is the son of former BYU linebacker Spencer Reid and holds as many as seven offers currently. BYU, Utah and Utah State have all offered along with Stanford, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State.
Fabrizio’s offers include Utah, Utah State, Washington, Washington State and Wisconsin. BYU has shown a lot of interest and could be poised to offer the 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect shortly. Most of Frabrizio’s offers have been fairly recent and he has yet to tip his hand on which program he’s leaning toward.
Wilstead has garnered some good interest lately and currently holds offers from BYU, San Diego State and Louisville with many other programs showing interest. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound quarterback is surprisingly mobile for his size and that could make him a good fit in BYU’s system. The Cougars are the early favorite for his services.
Fehoko received a good amount of offers following his junior season and decided to commit to Colorado in April. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound athlete is a prototypical rush-end type who held offers from such programs as Utah, Vanderbilt and Oregon State at the time of his commitment.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound prospect was close to committing to BYU before deciding to play out the process a bit longer. He currently holds offers from BYU, Oregon State and Boise State, and he should see that list grow after taking part in several upcoming camps.
Bingham seems to churn out top FBS talent on a yearly basis and Langi appears to be the top Miner prospect at the moment. The 6-foot, 220-pound athlete recently picked up offers from Utah and Nevada, and he should see that list expand after the summer camp period concludes.
Like his brothers Bronson and Corbin, Devin committed very early to BYU and as a result likely won’t receive the offers an athlete of his caliber would be due. Like his brothers, the 6-foot-6, 200-pound defender will need to add weight to play at the next level out of high school, but he shows some of the same footwork and pass-rushing prowess that made his brother Bronson a four-star prospect.
Although Covey plays quarterback for the Thunderbirds he’s likely to play at either receiver or defensive back at the next level. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound recruit has proven to be an exceptional play-maker and recently picked up an offer from Utah and it's likely other schools will follow.
Anderson committed to Utah State last December, but has since opened up his recruitment. BYU has offered and many other programs have shown interest in the 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect, including Boise State and Washington according to scout.com.
Utah State recently the 6-foot-1, 190 pound prospect according to scout.com and he’s receiving increasing interest from both BYU and Utah along with several Pac-12 programs.
Artist recently received offers from Army and Utah State with others seemingly set to offer shortly, according to scout.com. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound athlete has shown very good speed and agility to evaluators and will be camping at several Pac-12 programs this summer.
Johnston is considered by most to be the state’s best kicker and he quickly committed to Utah when offered this past April.
Sewell has secured early offers from Southern Utah and Eastern Washington with others showing interest in the 5-foot-11, 225-pound linebacker, including Utah.
Wilkinson holds an offer from Nevada and is hearing from all the top local programs currently. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound athlete has a busy camp schedule this summer according to scout.com in hopes of picking up more offers.
The younger brother of current Utah Ute and top offensive line prospect Jackson Barton, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect is hoping to receive his first offer and has received early interest from programs such as Utah and Colorado.
Saluone is a mammoth 6-foot-1, 310-pound athlete who has picked up early offers from North Texas and Eastern Washington. Local schools have shown interest along with some out-of-state programs.