Here are the players who topped the MVP discussions, as the top performers during Utah D1’s – Rising Stars:
Overall MVP – RB/WR Braedon Wissler (Bingham HS, 2019) – Wissler was once again the camp MVP. He had a solid performances as a running back, and looked just as good if not better at wide receiver. Wissler was a match up nightmare with his versatility, and continues to get better every time we evaluate him. We strongly believe that Wissler in a Power 5 football player, and will flourish at any major college football program in America. He could very well be the highest rated player coming out of Utah, talent wise.
MVP – OL Tylor Stubbs (Timpview HS, 2020) – Stubbs had a dominate showing at Utah D1’s – Rising Stars, against many of the states top rated D-lineman. Stubbs went up against players holding Division 1 offers, and won the majority of his battles. He is a special player with a very bright future. He is also the only underclassmen to make this elite list.
MVP – DL Ezra Lata (Cedar HS, 2019) – Lata had a field day, as he battled throughout the event, including an intense OL/DL one on one session. Lata’s speed and explosiveness off the ball make him an extremely difficult target to block. His high energy motor makes him even more dangerous. Ezra traveled 4 hours to attend this camp, and literally came out of the car getting sacks. It was impressive.
MVP – ATH Andre Toilolo (East HS, 2019) – The East athlete was a late addition to Rising Stars and quickly showed why he is a name every D1 coach needs to know. Toilolo has the size and speed that every D1 coach wants out of a SS/LB. He also looked really good as a wide receiver. Toilolo’s size, athleticism, and competitive play will make him a very intriguing athlete to many coaches, looking for a versatile D1 caliber player. Our staff believe that Toilolo will flourish in a Division 1 system and has the potential to become a prime time football player.
MVP – QB Bo DeVries (Ogden HS, 2019) – The QB competition was the deepest and most fierce, as DeVries edged out his competitors as the top QB. We have said it before, and strongly believe that DeVries will be an excellent QB on the D1 level, with his leadership, ability to make accurate reads, and his ability to make accurate throws in tight spaces. He also throws an excellent deep ball. DeVries is poised to have a breakout season at Ogden High School.
ATH Charlie Vincent (East HS, 2019) – Vincent is one of the top football players in the state of Utah, and one of the top running backs in the West. We’ve watched Vincent in action multiple times during the 2017 season, and were dazzled each time. However, on this day, we were able to watch Vincent as a wide receiver, and he showed that he is equally as talented at that position, if not more. Vincent really earned our respect the way competed against elite competition. Vincent will earn one of the rare ATH ratings that we give out.
QB Dane Leituala (Taylorsville HS, 2019) – Let’s make this very clear; Leituala is one of the top QBs in the state of Utah. He could very well be the top QB in the state. He has all of the tools to succeed as a Division 1 QB, according to former NFL and Division 1 coach, Fred Graves. Leituala showed composer, and made great throws during the Utah D1 – Rising Stars event. The whole summer we’ve been hearing about how good of a LB and DB Leituala was, and that very well may be true, but today we wanted to see the standout QB as what he’s been his whole high school career; a very gifted QB with an accurate rocket arm. This young man is special.
WR/DB – Nate Mahi (Dixie HS, 2019) – Mahi’s name was in some intense MVP debates with the staff. Mahi put together an incredible performance as he converted multiple catches into touchdown, against elite competition. Mahi caught deep balls, as well as took shorter routes to the house. He truly dominated every aspect of the event. Mahi is a unique player, with a natural feel for the game. Our staff rated Mahi as a legitimate Division 1 caliber wide receiver. He is a perfect slot, on the D1 level, and will be rated as one of the top wide receivers in Utah.
DE – Aaron Bredsgard (Viewmont HS, 2019) – Bredsgard is another name who came up in the MVP debates, as the staff was torn between him and Lata, as the MVP, out . Bredsgard had a dominating performance during one on ones, and looked excellent during drills. The former LB is flourishing at defensive end with his 6’4″ 230 pound frame. Bredsgard holds a Mountain West – D1 offer, and is poised to receive more, especially after this performance.
RB/WR Jared Dansie – (South Summit HS, 2019) – Dansie was one of the biggest surprises at the camp. He definitely put together one of the top performances, out of any player and could have easily been one of the MVPs. Dansie continuously made the top defenders miss, while making many of them fall to the ground, while doing the splits, as they tried to to tackle him. It was impressive to see. My words do not do it justice. Just wait for the film to come out in the upcoming week. Every regional D1 school needs to be heavily evaluating this young man. He can play.
OL/DL – Ammon Critchfield (Lehi HS, 2019) – The coaches were very high on the Lehi product, as they raved about his competitiveness and strength. Critchfield is a valuable lineman, since he’s able to go both ways. He had a great performance and will rank high on both sides of the ball. He was rated one of the top two – way players in the camp.
RB/LB – Drake Fakahua (Cedar HS, 2019) – The Cedar LB was rated as one of the top players in the camp. Our staff strongly believes that Fakahua is a D1 caliber football athlete. He is a strong built player, with excellent agility, speed, and power. The two way player has the potential to have a breakout season at Cedar HS, this upcoming season. He looked great during competition drills.
LB – Alema Tupuola (Davis HS, 2019) – Tupuola was rated as one of the top LB’s at the Utah D1 – Rising Stars event. The talented Davis HS product earned great reviews from the staff. He is a legitimate D1 caliber football player. If you are not familiar with Tupuola, we are very confident that you will be by the middle of the football season. We are looking forward to watching this young man play for years to come.
OL – Aiden Gordon (Riverton HS, 2019) – Our staff believes that Gordon is one of the top offensive lineman in the state of Utah. He’s made unbelievable growth and progress, during this off season. If Gordon were two inches taller, he would hold offers from the majority of Moutain West Conference schools. Gordon needs to be a name that every Utah school knows about, and is heavily evaluating.
OL/DL – Kingsley Holliday (Corner Canyon, 2019) – Holliday had a very strong performance, and was in some MVP discussions. We believe that he is a D1 caliber football player, and will continue to progress into one of the top lineman in the state.
OL- Hunter Judkins (Fremont HS, 2019) – Judkins is an explosive football player, and had an excellent peformance at Rising Stars. Our staff is very high on him, and believe that he’s a D1 caliber football player.
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