Timpview-Pleasant Grove Features Top Talent

As many as eight legitimate Division I prospects strutted their stuff Friday night as Timpview took on Pleasant Grove. The Vikings avenged last year's heartbreaking loss by defeating the 4A bully Thunderbirds 16-10. TBS was their with our eyes focused on the players on both teams that will be moving on to play Division I football.

Bronson Kaufusi (BYU commit): Kaufusi was clearly the top talent on a field full of some of the best prep talent in the state this year. He stands out due to his size, but jumped out as he effortlessly made plays throughout the game.

Kaufusi has every move in the book, but his swim move is the one that he showcased most Friday night. It was very apparent that his father, Steve Kaufusi, has shown him and coached him well. He was completely dominant throughout the game, as he accounted for at least three sacks by my count and had a good share of tackles for a loss mixed in.

The Vikings made it a habit to run away from Kaufusi throughout the game, but oftentimes he'd pursue so quickly from the backside that he'd make the play regardless. Whether he sticks to defense or switches over to the offensive line, it's difficult not to rate Kaufusi as one of the top recruits BYU currently has committed.

Joe Kruger (Utah soft commit): This was my first opportunity to see Kruger play and I was almost as impressed with him as I was with Kaufusi. They are very similar players with almost identical athletic makeup. I'd give the edge to Kaufusi based on what I saw from both of them Friday night, but the separation isn't as wide as I thought going into the game.

Kruger showed dominant and overpowering play. Like with Kaufusi, I feel it's probable that he'll end up playing left tackle at the next level and fare extremely well at the position.

Dallas Lloyd (Stanford commit): Lloyd is a playmaker, plain and simple. While his drop-back game still needs some work, it was his ability out of the pocket that perhaps won the game for Pleasant Grove Friday night more than any other factor. I still wonder if he can play quarterback in college, but there is no doubt at all that he's a Division I-caliber athlete. Stanford is getting one heck of a prospect in Lloyd.

Bryan Sampson (BYU commit): Sampson got hurt very early in the ballgame with an apparent ankle injury that didn't look to be serious. While he was in he accounted for a long catch on a critical third down, but I don't have many observations given that he was only able to play during the first two series of the game.

Bryson McKenzie (uncommitted): McKenzie, like Sampson, got hurt early on during the ball game. McKenzie has put on some good weight from last year and runs very hard. Again, I would have liked to have seen more of him, but I can tell you that McKenzie is a Harvey Unga-type power back.

Austin Heder (BYU commit): Heder plays downhill and showed good sideline pursuit. He played mostly at linebacker, but got some time at tailback. On offense he'd run like one would expect a middle linebacker to run, in that he stayed between the tackles well and stayed vertical.

Sefa Tanoa'i (uncommitted): While he was very good on defense, what struck me was how fluid he was with his route running and in the fact that they even had him play wide receiver. Having him play wideout is a testament to his athleticism and he made key plays throughout the game on third downs to help Pleasant Grove win.

Joey Owens (BYU commit): Owens was out due to injury and it's questionable if he'll be able to return at all until late in the season.

Jason Fanaika (uncommitted): During these games it's not always the known athletes that catch one's attention. Fanaika is a tight end/defensive end that looks to have some talent. Although it's not likely that he'll receive a BYU offer, as he's a senior, he's someone one could see on someone's signing list this coming February.


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