Biggest Impact Player: Crew Wakley (Jorday HS), QB/ATH
Biggest Sleeper: Wyatt Bowles (Syracuse HS), OL
The 2018 Utah State University in-state recruiting class, is one of the most exciting in-state classes that we’ve come across recently. It’s full of talented players, with tremendous upside. Here’s the D1 summary for the 2018 class:
Crew Wakley (Jordan HS) and Will Dana (Alta HS) were two of the top QB’s in the state the past two seasons. They give Utah State two solid players, that they can develop at the QB position. Wadley is also someone who can play on the defensive side of the ball as well. Wakley’s competitiveness and leadership qualities are what sets him apart from the majority of players in the state. We believe he was the MVP in the state of Utah last season.
Wyatt Bowles (Syracuse HS) and Karter Shaw (Herriman HS) are two O-lineman, that we’ve been evaluating since last April (D1 Showcase), and our staff has been raving about them ever since. They thought Karter Shaw was the most technically sound lineman in the state, to go along with a ferocious attitude on the field. The staff thought that Wyatt Bowles was perhaps the biggest sleeper in the state, with tremendous upside on the D1 level. Both of these players have the potential to start 2-3 years at the minimum for the Aggies.
The Aggies hit a homerun by picking up two of the best players on the East HS football team, in Johnson Hansen and Seni Tuiaki. Both players can play either side of the ball and do well. Hansen really impressed us against IMG, the nations top high school football program. He was explosive and made some excellent plays against a team stacked with Power 5 players.
We really like the LB pickups of Elijah Shelton (Highland HS), Mitch Medina (Alta HS), and Karene Reid (Timpview HS). All three are big body players, that move very well and play with high football IQ’s. Each of these three players will be competing for a starting spot within a couple of years, if not sooner. Shelton is a multi-sport star who also showed his athleticism at WR. Some of the catches that he made were unreal. This unit will be a solid one. Christian Nash (East HS) is another player that can play on either side of the ball. We’re not sure where he’ll start first, but we are sure that he will be an impact player.
INCOMING PLAYERS (In-state)
Wyatt Bowles, OL, 6-4, 270, Syracuse HS
Crew Wakley, ATH, 6-2, 190, Jordan HS
Will Dana, QB, 6-1, 200, Alta HS
Johnson Hansen, DL, 6-3, 270, East HS
Mitch Medina, LB, 6-1, 220, Alta HS
Christian Nash, ATH, 6-2, 190, East HS
Karene Reid, LB, 6-2, 220, Timpview HS
Karter Shaw, OL, 6-3, 285, Herriman HS
Elijah Shelton, LB, 6-2, 215, Highland HS
Seni Tuiaki, DL, 6-2, 250, East HS