Utah’s Rising Stars – Underclassmen You Should Know

The talent in Utah gets deeper and deeper each year.  Here’s a look at some of the top underclassmen in the state, by position:

QB’s (In alphabetical order, according to last name)

Blake Freeland, Herriman, 2019 – Freeland has the size and talent, to play multiple positions at the next level.  That is something that is hard to deny, when you watch him play.  He is also the starting QB, for one of the top football programs in the state of Utah.

Jake Jensen, Pleasant Grove, 2019 – The QB from Pleasant Grove is one of the top QB’s in the state, according to many.   A Pac 12 coach made the following comment to me: “If you think the guys in the 2018 class are good, wait to you watch Jensen”. He is a talent, that we will be watching closely this year.

Dane Leituala, Taylorsville, 2019 – Coach Mac has been a Leituala fan, since his freshman year in high school.  Three years ago, Taylorsville had a talented upperclassmen QB, leading a very talented team, but also had Leituala getting reps, as a freshman.  Coach Mac’s comment to me was this: “Taylorsville best QB is the freshman.  He’s that good”. I’ve also been able to watch Leituala in the past, he throws the ball very accurately, and is a load out of the pocket.

 

RB’s (In alphabetical order, according to last name)

Charlie Vincent, East, 2019 – The running back from East is a STUD.  When we were able to evaluate him in person, it was obvious why Utah offered him as a sophomore.  Vincent is a dynamic runner, that is electrifying when the ball is in his hands. If you think his film is something, go watch an East game, live. Vincent’s big play ability will blow you away. We highly encourage everyone to watch this young talent play.

Mosese Sonasi, Granger, 2019 – The talented 5’10” 200 lbs runner from West Valley City is a proto-typical Division 1 running back, with his agility, size, and natural feel for finding the hole.  It’s even more impressive watching Sonasi run in person.  He is also catches the ball just as good, if not better, than any wide receiver that we have been able to evaluate this year. I think Sonasi will be playing football at a major Power 5 school, when it’s all said and done.

Braedon Wissler, Bingham, 2019 – The explosive running back for Bingham is hungry and patiently waiting for his time to shine.  He was a bright spot for Bingham’s running game in a scrimmage against a talented Alta team, breaking through the line for a dashing touchdown run. I really like this guy.  He’s the definition of a football player.  Don’t be surprised if Wissler ends up becoming one of the leading rushers in the state.

WR’s (In alphabetical order, according to last name)

Sione Moa, Weber, 2019 – Moa is on our list as a WR & DB.  He’ll have a chance to play both positions on the D1 level.  Moa is a just a gifted football player.  He is well coached and can change the outcome of a game. Moa had a strong off season, while fine tuning his craft.  He’s a match up problem, for opposing DB’s.  Make sure you make it to a Weber game to watch him play.  It will definitely be worth it.

Puka Nacua, Orem, 2020 – I first heard about Nacua from Levelup Elite film online.  From there I have only watched his highlight tape, but I will tell you this much. There’s a reason why he’s received the offers he has received.  Coach McBride used to preach to us, before we went on the road recruiting, “You’ll know the top players after a few clips”; that’s what happened when I saw film on Nacua.  I hear he’s a talented basketball player.

Chase Roberts, American Fork, 2019 – Roberts is a special football player.  BYU was smart to lock him down early, because he is bound to receive heavy recruiting attention in the next couple of season.  He’s a tall target, that is very athletic, that is also a talented basketball player. Roberts’ could very well be the top receiver in the state this season, when it’s all said and done.

Hudson Schenck, Weber, 2019 – The slot receiver is exciting to watch.  He’s a talented player, that will team up with Sione Moa, to form a lethal duo. Schenck reminds me of Wes Welker. He’s a big play receiver.

OL (In alphabetical order, according to last name)

Alex Harrison, Viewmont, 2020 – Harrison is one of the top lineman in the state; right now, as a sophomore.  He started as a freshman last year, for Viewmont HS on the defensive side of the ball.  Former Utah and Weber State Head Coach Ron McBride, as well as former Division 1 offensive line coach, Alex Gerke, both believe that Harrison will be a national recruit, and will be playing football for a major university.

Zach Mendoza, Davis, 2019 – The talented 6’7″ lineman from Davis is another person that had a tremendous off-season.  Mendoza is poised to be a major contributor on a solid Davis football team.

DL (In alphabetical order, according to last name)

CJ Alitini, Orem, 2019 – BYU commit, with impressive film.  I’m hoping to watch more of this talented player soon.

Tausili Fiatoa, Orem, 2019 – BYU commit.  I’ve only seen limited film, but the film I have seen, is enough to understand why BYU offered him.  I’m looking forward to heading to Orem and watching him play.

Alex Harrison, Viewmont, 2020 – a two timer on the list. Harrison’s power gave the top O-lineman in the state fits; the past year. Harrison is someone many D1 coaches believe will be a national recruit.

Apu Ika, East, 2019 – Easily one of the top defensive lineman in the state, right now. Ika is an anchor on the East D-line.  He’s another player that really stood out, when we evaluated him this summer, at East.  East is loaded at almost every position, but make sure you keep an eye on Ika, he’s a dominate player.

Brooks Maile, Pine View, 2019 – I’ve only been able to watch film on Maile, but from what I’ve seen, I definitely like.  He’s no doubt a talented player. Maile is one of the reasons we are planning on making a trip to St. George.

Simote Pepa, Bingham, 2019 – Big time player, that had a solid sophomore season.  He was by far one of the best players on the field, during the Alta scrimmage.  He demands a double team at all times. For the teams trying to single block him:  good luck.  Power 5 schools will be competing hard for Pepa’s talent.

LB’s (In alphabetical order, according to last name)

Aaron Bredsgard, Viewmont, 2019 – The 6’3″ linebacker had a great sophomore season for Viewmont, while starting every game.  He came up with some big plays, that helped lead Viewmont to the region championship.

Loloni Langi: Photo Credit: Salt Lake Tribune

Lolani Langi, Bingham, 2019 –  The Bingham linebacker is a ball hawk, and deadly coming off the edge.  He hits his blitzes, with lightning speed, and closes on bad carriers in a hurry.  He put on a hitting clinic during the Alta scrimmage. He was blasting guys off their feet; right and left. .  Langi has a natural instinct for the ball. D1 schools are after him hard, and it’s obvious why.

Noah Sewell, Desert Hills, LB – Freshman aren’t supposed to come and in, and be able to start as a varsity linebacker.  Sewell not only done that, but he also made some big time hits, on his highlight reel.  Sewell is already being heavily recruited by Power 5 schools.

DB’s (In alphabetical order, according to last name)

Sione Moa, Weber, 2019 – A two timer on the list.  Moa has game changing potential on defense, as well. He is a big body; athletic corner, that is difficult to throw over, and fills on running plays well. Moa’s name will become household this season, as long as he stays healthy, while playing both sides of the ball, for a very talented Weber football team.

Charlie Vincent, East, 2019 – Another two timer on the list. Vincent has the potential to be a shut down corner on D. He’s just as talented on D, as he is on Offense. Vincent will also put on a show, in the return game.

2021 Watch List (Contact us ASAP, about players to watch in this class)

Raider Damuni – BYU commit.

Logan Fano – BYU commit.

D’Andre Randolph – Three sport star.

Ricky Wolfgramm – BYU commit.

If you know of anyone who should be on the list, post their information on “The Board”, or comment below. This list will be updated, as the season progresses.

5 comments

  1. Brandon and Eric Folau are twins and they’re beasts LBs!! Class of 2019. They got the size and the speed! Give them a look

  2. Kingsley Suamatia from Orem is the class of 2021 and he’s very talented! He’s a OL/DL 6’5 275 2021/UnderArmour AllAmerican/ 2017 UnderArmour Jr Camp MVP/2016 Team USA All American/2015 Bret Cooper All American /2015 Bret Cooper Lineman MVP. He also has offers to both BYU and Utah State! Check him out please!

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