High school football: Alta's Ammon Barker commits to UCLA

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  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 11:40 a.m.

    Ammon grew up a Utah fan, but because of the way they treated him he decided to go elsewhere. They put an ultimatum on when he could commit, and because he wasn't ready they called him back and told him they were going to pull his offer. They tried to force him to commit and he was smart enough to see through their tactics.
    Utah isn't the program they think they are, and because of that they lost the best wr in the state to another PAC 12 school. I hope Ammon shreds the Utes every time he plays them, and hopefully they'll figure out they aren't as all mighty as they think they are.

  • ProudBigBrother NORTH SALT LAKE, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 1:11 p.m.

    Haha! That is awesome! Your son sounds like a stud :)

    Thanks for your support, guys. Ammon is excited to get down there for a visit and start working towards earning a spot on the UCLA starting roster!

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 12:17 p.m.


    I had to share this with you. I told my son yesterday who is 12 that Ammon Barker from Alta HS committed to UCLA. He said, Is he good, and what position does he play?, I said, He is a receiver and arguably one of the best in the state. My boys response...Hundley to Barker for Six Baby!!!

  • UtahBruin Saratoga Springs, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    Welcome young man, as the self proclaimed biggest UCLA fan there is. I am happy to see the talent that Ammon has is being packed in his bags for Westwood. I can tell you ProudBigBrother, when he comes to town against Utah, I will be one of those rooting for him also, but I will be in my powder blue, heck I may just have to go get me a UCLA Barker jersey when he is there. I love it when I get to see top talent play here in Utah in High School and see my boys from Westwood come in and steal it away. All that Utah talent at UCLA is doing really well down there. Congrats Mr. Barker on your offer and your decision. Just so you know young man, you haven't even attended a class or participated in a practice at UCLA, and you already have a UCLA fan who knows who you are and is excited for your arrival and is already cheering for you. GO BRUINS!!!

  • BillNyeTSG South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    Utah's recruiting is abysmal where in-state candidates are concerned. We lost this kid to another program because they our programs made almost no effort to secure him. When our home-grown talent is being out-recruited by out-of-state rivals, changes need to be made. This kid was born and raised here, and Utah needs to do more to leverage that built-in fandom to keep our best here at home.

    Nov. 6, 2012 10:44 a.m.


    He beat you on a couple of post patterns UH, this kid is not overrated anyone 4.4 speed good luck Ammon we will get to see you play again at least twice live. So What what other people say, you are going on to play D1 football at a very good program.

  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 10:17 a.m.

    Congrats to Ammon, he's a phenomenal athlete and could really be a star at UCLA. He's got the skillset to play in the NFL if he works hard enough at it. It was great seeing Alta's offense this season take advantage of the four receivers, and Ammon really came into his own this year.

    As for those of you who still don't understand how the rankings work on scout and rivals, the college recruiters don't even look at that stuff. They see them play in person, at camps, and talk to both their high school coaches and coaches who play against them to find out which players are the best. Ammon was getting interest from schools all over the nation, UCLA just happened to be where he's always wanted to play.

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    Hey it's warm there isn't it? enough said!

  • Something to think about Ogden, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    This kid is a great player. He's got all the tools. I wish him the best of success.

    Re: Markymark: As a coach who had to stop him... he's NOT overrated!

  • markymark HERRIMAN, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 5:58 p.m.


  • ProudBigBrother NORTH SALT LAKE, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 4:17 p.m.

    BYU was interested in Ammon Barker, and I (Ammon's brother) spoke with coach Doman a couple times about him. Just wasn't the right fit for Ammon, though he was very grateful for their interest.
    Ammon has been clocked at a 4.37 as his best time, but consistently runs the 40 in 4.4. And like Coach Stephens says, Ammon is only starting to show his true potential. His improvement and developement from his Junior to Senior year was remarkable, and that will continue with coach Mora's squad.
    As a life-long Utah fan, I would have loved to see Ammon play there, but I have absolutely no reservations about him attending UCLA! We are very proud of him! When the Bruins come to town I will have at least one players on their team to support, but I'll still be wearing red :)

    Nov. 5, 2012 4:12 p.m.

    auntie, thank you for your concern, but Utah would be fine with him, but will also be fine without him. We stole a couple from UCLA's backyard in X'avier Shepherd and Andre Lewis, the 61st rated high school WR and 8th rated JC WR, respectively, per Rivals, so I'm OK with UCLA stealing a player rated as the 232nd WR per Scout, and unrated by Rivals.

    But good luck to Ammon, he sounds happy with his decision, and should have fun in Westwood!

  • Pac 12 Fever Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 4:00 p.m.

    re: Aunt Lucy
    nah.....Utah and BYU like to go out of state now. And we wonder why they are losing and barely above .500. Their recruiting baffles me. Both let the good ones get away.

    case in point:

    BYU offers a QB kid early out of Washington that plays for a 1A school. Why offer that kid early? He hadnt done a thing and had no offers. Why wouldnt BYU wait? Why wasnt BYU on this Alta kid-he is in their backyard here in Utah, right? 3 year starter and 4.4 speed?

    Utah is better than BYU in recruiting right now...but they both need help. And Utah is paying the price now as they have no depth at certain positions...

    Good luck in Cali at UCLA. I bet you do well. Join the Timpview OL that starts there and represent the 801.

  • adelman provo, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    All jokes about 40's aside, congrats to this kid. It sounds like UCLA was his dream school, so that's always cool when a kid can live out his dreams.

  • aunt lucy Looneyville, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 3:23 p.m.

    I thought when Utah went Pac 12 this was not supposed to happen any longer. Lose quality in state talent to out of state teams. This means we will be getting beat our own. Go figure!