Recruiting central: Top 25 prep football prospects for college from the state of Utah

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  • fanof6 utah, UT
    Aug. 27, 2015 11:08 a.m.

    Update this page..... recruiting is a full time gig.

  • ray vaughn Ogden, UT
    Jan. 3, 2015 11:29 a.m.

    Not every high school recruit on the list is being recruited by Utah. While there are many good players some of the top 25 will end up at Weber State or Southern Utah. a beeter comparasion of how many national3, 4 or 5 star recruits are choosing to stay hoe/ Both Mendenhall and Whittingham has said repeatedly that the 2 schools do not compete with each other for the same local players.

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2014 10:01 a.m.

    @ fatman,

    You claim the obsession stems only from Utah fans towards BYU, yet here you are making a post that flies in the face of your statement.

    It is not cougar fan's fault BYU hasn't been included in a P5 conference, yet they take it so personal, and find every opportunity to downplay Utah's inclusion in the PAC12.

    Berating the Utes because they've made it into one of the best conferences in America, won't do anything to change the schedule BYU presents each November, yet the rants go on and on and on, as if complaining in the Deseret News will make the Big12 or any other P5 conference call and make the offer.

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Nov. 27, 2014 9:49 a.m.

    @ taysom

    I suppose when your favorite team has lost to its rival 4 straight and 9 of 12 times, you will take a "win" anywhere you can.

    Clearly, the Utes focus recruiting on California, Texas and now Florida, while still trying for some in-state kids, but due to the church's influence on most kids in Utah, it comes as no surprise when BYU always has more players from this state commit to that institution. It has always been that way, and it always will be. LOL

  • Jump13 Kearns Utah, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 4:32 p.m.

    What I thought was interesting is how this list did not include hardly anyone from Bingham. Everyone know that Bingham is the team you have to go through if you want a chapionship in the 5A classification. I thought maybe there QB would get some praise.

    As far as the battle between the Utes and Cougars. Everyone should just admit that both teams are not that good. With that said they should both be in the same conference (WAC) and they should play eachother every year. It's like the West Valley 3rd Ward versus the Tooele 6th Ward.

  • hegotgame Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 15, 2014 1:10 a.m.

    I'd heard this list was being expanded as it is missing some guys who should clearly be on it.

  • hegotgame Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 3, 2014 5:01 a.m.

    Some very good players on this list but you have missed a couple of guys that should definitely be in the top 25 prospects. How is the nations best punter Bailey Kenter from Layton Christian not on this list? I would have thought that if you were ranked #1 at your position in the nation, you'd deserve a mention.

  • baseballfan22 Holladay, UT
    July 30, 2014 6:12 p.m.

    Why don't you go back and read my comment again. I said osa will join james at Ucla and gustin will end up at usc. Never said james is going to usc.

  • Bench Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2014 4:21 p.m.


    James already verbally committed to UCLA. I doubt he will change his mind and go to USC.

  • Jake Gordon Vernal, UT
    July 30, 2014 4:20 p.m.

    I notice a lot of kids are from the Wasatch Front or the St. George area and I am wondering why that is? Does it hurt the recruiting of a kid if he plays at a small school and participates in other sports as well? Or are talented kids getting overlooked because they aren't playing at the heavyweight programs?

  • baseballfan22 Holladay, UT
    July 30, 2014 3:21 p.m.

    Why don't you look at that list a little closer. Most of those kids on thst list utah didn't even offer. Bc they aren't d1 players. Utah has to recruit a different type of athlete to compete in the pac 12. And I'm sorry to say 2 star kids don't cut it. Look at most of the kids on that list aren't even getting offers from d1 schools. There are basically 4 kids on that list who are big time recruits. And utah or byu aren't getting any of them. Osa will end up at Ucla with James and Gustin will end up at Usc. Utah can compete. They were in almost every game last yr but didn't have the depth. It takes time for that. And strength of schedule does matter. Utah is playing a top 10 schedule this yr. Byu is 97. So byu beats the teams they should loses to the 3 or 4 shoukd and finishes 8-4 every yr and goes to the nobody cares bowl. So this "downward slide" in recruiting are kids they are even going after in the first place.

  • factcheck Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2014 2:13 p.m.

    Spokane Ute, let me mention the obvious. The Utes are on a downward slide in recruiting, which leads to losing. I know Ute fans like to pound their chest on how tough their schedule is. Great! Congrats! For the record, I would like to see BYU join a power conference and yes, there are some weak home games. I don't like going to watch BYU blow out Idaho State anymore than Ute fans like going up and watching their team get hammered. The Cougars SOS is decent and was better than 45% of the so called power conference teams last year. Will Ute fans continue attending games, knowing they are not going to sniff a bowl game? Look no further than your own State. WSU did not go to a bowl game for 10 years. The first few years, they still sold out Martin Stadium, but eventually attendance started to decline. In 2008 only 25K fans vs top ranked USC. In 2010 24K vs #3 Oregon, 24K vs #20 USC, 23K vs #17 Arizona and only 17K vs Cal. In fact that year there were over 5K empty seats vs their rival Washington. Congrats on the SOS National Title.

  • factcheck Salt Lake City, UT
    July 30, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    Spokane Ute. Thank you glass house. I enjoy reading your comments

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    July 30, 2014 8:10 a.m.


    Never claimed to be "holier' than anyone Judge Kit. Just stating it like it is. Of course it goes both ways. Kinda sad, but very true.

  • kitsutsuki South Jordan, Utah
    July 29, 2014 6:31 p.m.

    Spokane Ute - stop with the hypocrisy. Your holier than thou attitude just doesn't cut it.

  • GD Syracuse, UT
    July 29, 2014 5:06 p.m.

    I don't see a difference. BYU fans poke at Utah. Utah fans poke at BYU. What a waste of time.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    July 29, 2014 4:27 p.m.


    Do you think it might have something to do with the continual obsession and jabs that BYU fans throw on these boards? Of course Utah fans care about beating USC, Oregon, Washington, etc. However, this is the D News; and fans from those programs don't continually badger Utah fans. As a matter of fact, you rarely see a post from those fan bases. A pretty simple concept in my mind.

  • 2020 Herriman, UT
    July 29, 2014 1:40 p.m.

    I love the irony. Every post on here is a Cougar fan taking shots at Utah and Utah fan. This is clearly not the 80s anymore and BYU fan is reaching for anything that looks like a win against the U, since they are not coming on the field.

    But BYU fan is right, clearly the best thing for Utah would be to leave the PAC 12 and rejoin a mid-major. I'm sure Arizona fan feels that way, since they have never been to a Rose Bowl. ASU fans might be right there as well, since I believe they have only been to one, maybe two, since they left the WAC.

    Regardless of how Utah does in the PAC 12, they are still better off than they were, and they are still better off than BYU. I will even admit that Utah could not last as an independent, but BYU can. It is still better to be a Ute than a Cougar.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    July 29, 2014 10:35 a.m.


    Little Brothers can "Never" stop comparing themselves to their Big Brothers!
    BYU will always be Utah's Boogeyman.

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    July 29, 2014 10:17 a.m.


    The Utes should be beating BYU every year for the next 40 with their numerous advantages of inclusion. That should be a no brainer. This is the problem with Utah is that they still base their success on how they compare to BYU. Your measuring stick shouldn't be BYU any more. Beating BYU isn't a great accomplishment relative to beating most of the teams in your conference.

    If Utah would just start caring about beating Oregon, USC, and Stanford, and stop comparing themselves to BYU, most of their problems would be solved. You don't earn prestige by membership alone, and you don't get it by beating BYU.

  • sinkme Salt Lake, UT
    July 29, 2014 9:35 a.m.

    The coooogs will need all 25 on this list plus another ten missionaries that are currently signed somewhere else if they ever want to beat Utah again. So let me say congrats BYU! Until we meet again and make it five, six and seven in a row. In the meantime, everyone can endure more of these supposed recruiting victories. Let's never let facts get in the way of a good story.

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    July 29, 2014 9:14 a.m.

    Not only do the Uties only have two on the list, one is a kicker, hahahahaha.

  • Roller Mills Lehi, UT
    July 28, 2014 11:07 p.m.

    Haven't these guys seen the new facilities?

  • Taysom4Heisman Heber City, UT
    July 28, 2014 8:34 p.m.

    It's not very hard to see what the order is between the 3 utah schools in recruiting in-state so far:

    1- BYU
    2- USU
    3- utah

    It seems likely that Masina and Gustin will play out of state, so unfortunately all of the top 4 players will leave the state.

    Also, most indications are that Mufi Hunt and Gabe Reid are currently leaning toward BYU. That would give us a solid group of kids from in-state to add to our increased emphasis on recruiting California, Texas, and other parts of the nation.

    How is that Pac-12 membership doing for your recruiting, utes? Please don't try and tell me that utah doesn't care about in-state recruits. You have 2 commitments in this list. The problem is, they are lower than USU's 2 commits and BYU's 3.

    I know that it's still long before signing day, but the Pac-12 membership doesn't seem to be giving utah any kind of head start.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    July 28, 2014 7:01 p.m.

    We are really cleaning up now because we are power 5 prestegous.

    Go Utes!

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    July 28, 2014 4:47 p.m.

    Wow - a lot of good athletes choosing not to sign locally. And the ones that do seem to be choosing other programs than the one whose fans for the past four years or more have been boasting that, due to their newly found alliance, athletes would flock to their university and make them a PAC12 contender year in and year out. Clearly it isn't happening.

    If you can't recruit you are in big trouble.