Fall is closing in fast, and it is time to start breaking down the Beehive State and the best prospects at each position. These rankings are solely based off of my evaluations from spring and last year's game tape. Evaluations are fluid and things will be reevaluated dozens of times between now and the end of the 2014 football season.
My categories are defined as the following: "Top Tier" which means the prospects in that group are D1 bound. The next group is "Next Level Guys" which means the prospects in that group are not definite D1 scholarship guys, but have a shot and certainly belong at some level of college football. And lastly, is the "Keep An Eye On" which are the guys that have potential to play in college and are on the radar at some level.
Top Tier WRs
1) Simi Fehoko- The Brighton junior is coming off a breakout spring/summer and should be unstoppable when fall rolls around. As a sophomore, Fehoko averaged nearly 25 yards a reception and had 6 interceptions on defense. I expect Fehoko to dominate the competition and put up some ridiculous numbers in 2014. There is a reason the Brighton playmaker is an early four-star. He can run, he out-leaps just about anyone, and he can haul in any pass. Fehoko may be the most talented wide receiver in Utah since Nate Fakahafua (Orchard) was lighting it up for Highland. He is also able to play a number of other positions.
2) Britain Covey- The eye-test is going to say otherwise, but I've seen Covey enough to know he is a "top tier" guy. While he hasn't played much receiver since his sophomore year, that is where he is likely to play in college. Covey is quick, tough, and fundamentally sound. There will be a fair share of doubters, but the Timpview star is bound to find success in college. Additionally, Covey will have a good chance to be a special punt returner at the next level. He didn't manufacture 49 touchdowns last year by accident, he is an elite high school football player and should develop into a solid college slot receiver.
3) Chad Artist- Artist is the fastest receiver in the state. The Logan athlete captured the 100 & 200 meter state championship this past spring and he should be significantly faster this fall than he was last year. Artist displayed his ability at the Pylon 7 on 7 tournament in March and could draw a lot of college attention to Logan in a few months. He has the size and speed to be dominant this fall. Utah State feels good about keeping Artist at home. He has the tools to become a good college receiver.
(Chad Artist: Utah State commit)
Next Level Guys
4) Alohi Gilman- Gilman can play on both sides of the ball and looks comfortable either way. Size is Gilman's biggest issue, but he is a good competitor with a lot of athleticism. He made some incredibly acrobatic catches during the spring camp circuit. Gilman should be Orem's primary play maker this fall.
5) Hartman Rector- Rector has some good upside to him. The sophomore from Logan had 10 touchdowns as a sophomore and looked really good at the Utah State camp. Rector has good hands and size for a 2016 prospect. Him and Artist are the best 1-2 punch in the state.
Keep An Eye On
6) Julian Blackmon- The 2016 Layton receiver is a versatile athlete. He can play corner, safety, or receiver. He has a knack for making big plays. While he may end up playing defensive back, he has the skill set to be a good receiver.
7) A.J. Townsend- Townsend should be Austin Kafentzis' primary target this fall. He looked good during the UteShoot and has a chance to rack up some impressive stats this fall. He isn't the biggest receiver, but runs good routes and is quick.