Here are the players that have caught our attention; who we believe are D1 caliber football players, at the safety position:
D1 Preview – Safety
Tyson Herrera, Herriman – One of the best players that I evaluated at Mac’s D1 SHOWCASE. When it was time for the best players to face off, Herrara immediately stepped up to the plate, and took rep after rep; against many of the top WR’s in the state. He did not lose one single rep that day. He dominated! It was as flawless as a performance, as I have seen at a camp by a prospect. When you pull up Herrera’s highlight film, you will notice a hungry ball hawk safety, that drills people on contact. Herrera is a MAN. I love his game, and I’m looking forward to watching him play this season.
Saia Hamilton, East – Hamilton caught my eye this summer at the Weber scrimmage. He is a tough – hard nosed; throwback – old school safety, with great coverage skills. He reminds me of former 49ers great Ronnie Lott. I would’ve loved to play football with this young man. He resembles everything that I believe a defensive football player should be. I’m sure many D1 schools across the country, would appreciate the way that this young man plays the game. Not to mention, he’s a three year starter for one of the top programs in the country. Do I think he’s a D1? ABSOLUTELY!
Brayden Cosper, Bingham – Cosper is one of the top wide receivers in the state. He is also considered to be one of the top safeties as well, according to a D1 coach, that I had the pleasure of sitting down with. In the Spring, schools were looking at Cosper on the defensive side of the ball, as well as on offensive side, because of his physical and solid play, on both sides of the ball. Cosper is a special player, and a team leader by example. That is evident to anyone who has watched a Bingham football game.
London Rockwood, Alta – Rockwood has been a solid player for Alta. Actually, he’s been one of their top playmakers. When we went to the Alta -Bingham scrimmage, Rockwood was everywhere on both sides of the ball. At wide receiver, he scored at will. On the defensive side of the ball, he continued to make big plays, even scoring on a pick 6. I love what Rockwood brings to the table. He is a legitimate Division 1 caliber football player, that would do wonders on the next level. If you have not seen him play, I highly suggest for you to make an Alta game. You will not be disappointed.
Journey Buba, Kearns – Buba is a baller! He’s not much of a social media guy, so people might not be aware of him, but he’s a stud athlete. I was able to watch the Olympus film last year, and he had a field day, against a top notch program. Buba is a talented receiver as well. I like what he brings to the table. A savvy D1 coach will offer this young man.
Jaylon Vickers, East – Vickers is an athlete. He can play safety, corner, running back, or wide receiver. It will be interesting to see where he eventually signs, since he’s so multi-talented. I envision many schools coming in on him, for different positions. Vickers is poised to have a breakout year. Keep your eye on this man. Many D1 schools are doing so.
William Overstreet, Lehi – I remember Overstreet from last year, when I evaluated a Lehi game. He was a gifted, “do it all” athlete. I really like what he does on film. I actually think he would have more offers, if his highlight film were in a different sequence. If you take the time to look at his film; you will see a gifted player, that helps Lehi in multiple ways. I’m looking forward to evaluating Overstreet in person, and getting an accurate rating on him. There’s no doubt he’s a D1 caliber player.
Pailate Makakona, Hunter – I like Makakona, and I like what he does for Hunter. He doesn’t back down and makes plays on both sides of the ball. He’s a gifted player, that definitely has D1 talent. I’ll be at the Hunter – Clearfield game watching him and many others. Stay tuned for an update on him.
Beau Tu’ua, Timpview – The Timpview safety has been receiving heavy D1 interest. He moves very well for his size, on film. I’m looking forward to evaluating him in person, for a more clear and accurate rating.
Ty Metcalf, Syracuse – Metcalf is a stud! He’ss had an enormous amount of success at the QB position, and often gets overlooked at safety. I’m hoping we get to see more of him in the defensive backfield this year, but that will depend on his teams needs. Metcalf is another player that is a D1 talent. I can’t wait to see him play this season.
Issac Matua, Kearns – Matua caught our attention in the Spring. He was everywhere putting in work, and many coaches noticed. He’s a talented athlete that can play multiple positions on the D1 level. I’m looking forward to catching a Kearns game this year, and watching him play.
Brooks Johnson, Brighton – I really like what Johnson brought to the table in 7 on 7’s, over the summer. If his game film is anything like his play this summer; we will boost him up the list asap. He had a great off season, and we’re looking forward to watching him play this fall.