There are currently nine 2016 prospects in the Beehive State ranked as a three-star prospect or higher heading into fall. These guys are worth becoming familiar with...
Simi Fehoko: Fehoko is the lone 2016 four-star prospect at this point in Utah. As a sophomore, he showed ability on both sides of the ball. He had six interceptions on defense and average close to 25 yards per catch on offense. Fehoko has gained some much needed strength this offseason while still maintaining his speed and explosiveness. He currently has offers from Clemson, Utah, and BYU, but should rack up a lot more offers down the road.
Fua Pututau: Pututau is currently ranked the 28th best defensive end in the class of 2016. Pututau recorded double-digit sacks as a sophomore for Cottonwood and should be one of Utah's best linemen this fall. At a recent scrimmage against East, the combination of T.J. Fehoko and Pututau was unstoppable. Pututau's ceiling could be as high as any junior I've seen in Utah.
Colton Durrant: Durrant is currently ranked as the 29th defensive tackle in the country and is one of the toughest football players in Utah. He is a disruptive force that is stout against both the run and the pass. If Durrant can continue to grow he will be one of the best defensive tackles out West.
Jaren Hall: Hall had a big summer. The Maple Mountain gunslinger picked up offers from both Utah and BYU after putting on MVP performances at their 7-on-7 camps. He has the ability to beat defenses with his arm or legs and should be fun to watch. With a good season this fall Hall could evolve into the best QB in Utah.
Kahi Neves: Neves has all the measurables you look for in a quarterback. He is 6' 4 1/2" 240 lbs but moves around like he is 30 pounds lighter. Neves has a rocket of an arm. He tore up camps at Utah, USC, Auburn, UCLA, and Colorado this summer but has yet to do it in a real game. If he wins the starting job at Brighton a lot of eyes will be on the dynamic QB.
Loa Kaufusi: Kaufusi has the ideal frame and athleticism to be a great tight end prospect. He should be a 2017 prospect but was recently bumped up a year. If Kaufusi can add on 30-40 pounds of muscle over the next two years, he should be a force at the next level. He has nice upside on both sides of the ball.
Keaton Bills: Bills could end up the best linemen in Utah next year. The Corner Canyon offensive tackle and defensive end has serious D1 interest at both positions. He has the ideal frame and is a high IQ player. Bills could easily end up with double-digit offers by the time he's a senior.
Braxton Gunther: Gunther missed a lot of the off-season with an illness but seems like he is getting healthy at the right time. The Woods Cross athlete is a very smart and instinctive football player. Gunther is a bit undersized but makes up for it with his motor and athletic ability.
Drew Jensen: Jensen does it all for Brighton. He can play quarterback, running back, receiver, outside linebacker, or safety at a high level. He is an intriguing prospect that already has a few offers. Jensen could emerge as one of the best five players in Utah next year.