Kearns has made one of the most impressive turnarounds in the state of Utah, and it all falls under Coach Rickards, and his staff. They are as talented as any staff that i’ve come across, and they have been consistent with the development of the Kearns football program, as well as being consistent with being positive role models in the Kearns community. The result has been winning season, after winning season. Kearns is a dominate football team, that can go toe to toe with any team in the state. Here are the D1 caliber players, that we’ve been able to evaluate so far:
Kearns D1 Players:
OL Logan Floyd – Offensive Lineman rarely get the recognition that they deserve, so many might not be familiar with Floyd. However, Floyd is as good, if not better, than any offensive lineman in the state of Utah. I’ll repeat that. Logan Floyd is as good, if not better, than any offensive lineman in the state of Utah. His upside is huge. I’ve heard from current and former D1 coaches about his promising potential on the D1 level. They believe he’ll be a big time college football player. From what I’ve seen over the past 6 months, I agree with that 100 percent. Floyd is a punisher, and is as tough as come. I absolutely love watching him play.
RB Sese Felila – It’s no secret that Felila is a major part of the Kearns offense. It’s also no secret that teams have not been able to slow him down. Felila breaks tackles as well as anyone in the state, with his strong lower body and great vision. Felila is a powerful runner. He also finds and creates holes as well as any RB in the state. Felila reminds me of former University of Oklahoma great Quentin Griffin. They are a similar height and build, and even have a similar running style. Griffin was player that received little recruiting attention, because of his size. He ended up becoming one of the leading rushers in the nation. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos. It’s all about opportunity. Which ever team gives Felila that opportunity, will greatly benefit from his talents, and look like a recruiting genius.
WR/DB/LB – Journey Buba – I love Buba’s potential at the next level. He’s raw, but he makes plays continuously, and his athleticism is hard to come by. He can play a number of positions at the next level. I think he’s one of the biggest sleepers in the 2018 recruiting class. Players like him are hard to come by.
QB Isaac Matua – Matua is an interesting player. He’s done a phenomenal job as the starting QB. He’s made some big time plays under pressure, when the game was on the line. D1 schools need to recruit him heavy, for the simple fact that he’s a great athlete, and can play a number of positions. He’s 6’3″ 205 lbs; very athletic, physical, and runs very well. Can he play QB at the next level? According to our evaluation of him, on April 22nd at Mac’s D1 Showcase, and the games that we have watched; we believe he can. We also believe that he can play safety, linebacker, and possibly tight end as well. Matua is a humble person, and does not get rattled under pressure. He rises to the occasion.
OL/DL – Michael Pacheco – This young man won me over against Olympus. Let’s just say he earned his stripes against some of the top players in the country, and won those battles the majority of the time. He’s big, he’s athletic, he’s physical, and he runs very well for his size. We like his upside. I was just talking to a former D1 OL coach about Pacheco. I think he’s a talent player.
Rising Stars (Underclassmen):
RB Kalux Manuo (2019) – Manuo has made quite a few plays this year. His coaches are high on him, and believe in his ability to play at the next level. From what I saw, in the Olympus and Lone Peak games, I agree with them. Manuo is a talented football player, and is a rising star.
WR/ KR Isaiah Afatasi (2020) – Afatasi is fast and physical. He’s also one of the top 2020 players in the state (along with Ami Leha), that we’ve been able to evaluate. I like how physical he played against Lone Peak.
DE Ami Leha (2020) – The future is bright for Leha. He’s played across D-line for Kearns, and has given opposing offensive lineman and QB’s havoc. The sophomore is hard to block one on one, and is a rising star.