The state of Utah regularly produces some of the top talent in the West. The 2013 class is no different, with one of the nations top quarterbacks and a deep group of prospects on defense.
Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood quarterback Cooper Bateman is the #4 rated quarterback nationally and #2 in the West. He is a strong armed signal caller that has most of the top programs in the country coming after him. Arkansas, Auburn, Boise State, BYU, Florida, LSU and Utah are just some of the teams in the hunt. Bateman's biggest strength is his arm, but his athleticism is underrated.
As usual, there is a solid group of linemen coming out of the state. Arizona commit and St. George (Utah) Pineview offensive tackle Logan Stott is the top offensive lineman. A pair of South Jordan (Utah) Bingham prospects round out the list. Three-star defensive tackle prospect Lowell Lotulelei is the younger brother of Pac-12 defensive lineman of the year Star Lotulelei. He has a great first step and the size to be dominant. Utah is the favorite, but some of the top programs out West are coming after him. Offensive guard Keegan Hicks has already made a commitment to BYU, he is technically solid offensive lineman that could play guard or center.
Woods Cross (Utah) outside linebacker Sean Barton might be the best defensive prospect in the state. Barton is an exceptional athlete that could play safety or outside linebacker. Most college programs seem to expect him to grow into an outside linebacker. Draper (Utah) Juan Diego middle linebacker Dakota Cox come from good bloodlines. His father, Tom Cox played center at USC in the 80's. Cox has gotten interest from all over the Pac-12, he is still looking for his first offer. Gunnison (Utah) Valley outside linebacker Braden Harris has been offered by Utah State and has taken official visits to USC and BYU.
Three of the better athletes in the state come from perennial powerhouse programs. South Jordan (Utah) Bingham wide receiver Hayden Weichers and Highland (Utah) Lone Peak wide receiver Talon Shumway are the cream of the crop at the skill positions. Weichers has ties to BYU and would be a strong lean to commit if he got the offer. Shumway is a lanky receiver that has played nearly every position on the offensive side of the ball. Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood tight end Siale Fakialoatonga recently commited to Utah. While word is he will still explore other options, the Utes have a strong building block for the class.
In-state offers have gone out recently to three prospects and the offers have netted some commitments. Hyrum (Utah) Mountain Crest tight end Moroni Laulu-Pututau is committed to BYU. Woods Cross (Utah) tight end Filipo Mokofisi has committed to play at Utah, where his father also played in the 1980's. Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood offensive lineman Elijah Tupai holds offers from Utah and Utah State.
This list is not intended to be comprehensive, just a window into some of the top talent coming up in the next class. Stay with Scout.com throughout the year as we will have more from the best prospects in the state of Utah.