Utah's own state has been and will continue to be a priority in recruiting. The Utes are off to a good start for 2016 and hope to continue that into 2017 with the likes of Sione Heimuli-Lund.
Heimuli-Lund took an unofficial visit to Utah earlier this week and got a chance to spend time with new linebacker coach Justin Ena.
"I love Coach Ena. He makes me want to go to Utah. I met him for the first time over the summer when he was my coach at a camp. He said that I'm a top prospect for him and for Utah and they want me to play inside."
The 6-1, 230 pound junior-to-be has made other visits to Utah, but this one was more intensive with a full tour of some of the areas of the facilities that he was yet to see.
"I finally got to see the athletic training rooms and the rehab center. I hadn't seen those yet. They're amazing."
While still almost two years from signing his letter of intent, the kid out of Brighton High School has offers from the likes of Washington, Oregon State, BYU, Utah and Oklahoma State, with the Cowboys showing the most love right now.
"Oklahoma State has been in touch a lot lately. I've definitely been hearing from them the most."
Heimul-Lund isn't ready to start narrowing down his list, but mentions one school that is at the top right now.
"Utah is definitely at the top right now for me, but I'm still open to everyone. I want to see what else is out there."
He'll hit the camp circuit this summer and get a chance to see exactly what some other schools have to offer.
"I'll be going to a couple of camps like the Nike regional camp and the Stanford camp."
Coming from a school that produces quite a few top-level prospects, Heimuli-Lund could end up being a part of a package deal with an elite 2016 prospect.
"Simi Fehoko and I talk a lot about recruiting and playing together. That is something we'd like to do."
Heimuli-Lund is LDS, but is unsure on a mission right now.
"I'm not sure if I'm going to serve yet. Most likely I will, but I'm not sure."
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