Power and Explosion; The Utah D1 – Defensive Tackle (2018) Preview

The 2018 defensive tackles class, is the most underrated position group in Utah.  The group as a whole is technically sound, with a plenty of upside.  Many of these players go both ways.  Here’s the summary to how each player made our 2018 D1 List.

Player Summaries

Timpview DT, Jackson Cravens (Orange)

Jackson Cravens; Timpview HS (6’3″ 265) – Cravens is one of the rare players, that you do not have to watch many clips of film, to understand that he’s one of the top defensive lineman in the state, and possibly in the country.  His athleticism and sound technique, at the defensive tackle position; separates him from many others, at this stage in his young career.  Cravens is well coached, and plays technically sound football, on the inside.  He’s an ideal 3 technique, against today’s top offensive systems. Expect for him to have a dominate season.

Penei Sewell; Desert Hills HS (6’5″ 345) – Sewell is one of the top lineman in the country, according to many of the top college football coaches, in America.  I have not had the opportunity to watch Sewell in person, but he’s a no brainer on this list, after watching his film.  The majority of his clips are on offense, but the talented Sewell can very well play, either side of the ball and dominate, on the D1 level.

Moa Heimuli; East HS (6’1″ 290) – Heimuli is someone; everyone needs to have on their radar.  His junior film is an impressive display of gap sound football.  The thing I like about him is the way he attacks, and holds his gap, without running upfield, which is a concept that is hard for high school lineman to understand.  Heimuli is a player that will be in the running for the top DT, in the 2018 class.  We envision him as an ideal nose guard, or 1 technique on the D1 level.

Tavite Tonga; Granger HS (6’3″ 270) – Tonga is from a prestigious football family.  The talented Granger product; has made a name for himself in West Valley.  He could very well be the most explosive player on this list.  Tonga will hardly come off the field this upcoming season, similar to his sophomore and junior seasons.  D1 schools love this young man’s potential, on both sides of the ball.  We envision him as a 3 technique on the next level, giving opposing offensive lineman headaches.

Wyatt Bowles; Syracuse HS (6’5″ 260) – Bowles is one of the most purely talented players, in the state of Utah.  At 6’5″ 260, he moves more like a 225 pound linebacker.  Bowles has shown flashes of brilliance, on both sides of the ball.  We are high on the Syracuse product, and believe he has the potential; to not only be an “A” player, but also have a dominate Division 1 football career.

Hayden Erickson; Lehi HS (6’4 275) – The potential of Erickson has us excited about this Lehi football team.  He’s long, athletic, and can run.  We’ve only been able to evaluate him on film, but his upside his very apparent. Ericsson’s film shows him as a player; who can play either side of the football, on the D1 level. We’ll keep you updated, as we evaluate this talented prospect.

Jase Anderson (54)

Jase Anderson; Lehi HS (6’3″ 255) – Anderson is another Lehi product, that has impressive film.  He goes both ways like Erickson, and helps solidify the Lehi line.  On film Anderson’s versatility is what sticks out.  We’re looking forward to evaluating him in person.

Dallon Brooks; Stansbury HS (6’2″ 290) – Brooks dominated many of the top offensive lineman in the state, at one of the most intense offensive line camps, we have seen.  Brooks is a talent, that is under the radar.  We’ll be watching the Stansbury product closely.

Tiger Mulitalo; Granger HS (6’2″ 270) – The hard – nosed Mulitalo, is tough and physical, in the trenches.  He’s been starting since his freshman year for Granger. He’s a player that can turn it on and up, in a hurry.  We expect the Granger product to have a dominate year on both sides of the ball. He’s a proven talent and has put himself on the radar of many D1 schools.

Herriman C/DT, Braxton Pearce (85)

Braxton Pearce; Herriman HS (6’1″ 285) – Pearce is the biggest sleeper in this group.  The head coach’s son is flying under the radar, and D1 schools are tacking notice.  The technically sound Pearce is strong, athletic, and is considered by some, as one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the state. He’s also considered one of the top centers in the state, if not the top center.

Watch List:

Joe Joe Tufele; Roy HS (6’0″ 320)


If you know of anyone who should be on this list, feel free to comment below, or on “The Board”.  We’re looking forward to adding new talent to this list.