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UteZone breaks down the top prospects that Utah football is pursuing for the class of 2017

The 2016 football season has begun, and with it comes a new push from the Utah football program to build its 2017 recruiting class. Today UteZone breaks down our first Big Board on the Scout network, highlighting the players that should capture the attention of Ute fans. Here's the list: 

1 - Jay Tufele

https://www.scout.com/player/193616-jay-tufele?s=365

Notes: Tufele is far and away the most talented prospect in the state of Utah this season, and has the Utes among his leaders. There is a lot of buzz that Utah just may be the team to beat. 

2 - Tayler Katoa

https://www.scout.com/player/189914-tayler-katoa?s=365

Notes: Iron man athlete will be a defensive end at the next level. Has multiple Pac-12 offers and is one of Utah's top in-state targets for the class of 2017.

3 - Nick Pickett

https://www.scout.com/player/196064-nick-pickett?s=365

Notes: Top end California safety has the Utes near the top of his list and will take an official visit this weekend. 

4 - Jeffrey Manning

https://www.scout.com/player/204375-jeffrey-manning?s=365

Notes: The former UCLA commit is taking a hard look at the Utes and will take an official visit this weekend for the BYU game.

5 - Jordan Lolohea

https://www.scout.com/player/199211-jordan-lolohea?s=365

Notes: Top in-state defensive end has Utah near the top of his list. Will serve an LDS mission prior to playing college football. 

6 - Jaylen Dixon

https://www.scout.com/player/204120-jaylen-dixon?s=365

Notes: High school teammate of Ute commit Jason Shelley. Speedy wideout put up huge numbers in his first game of the season. 

7 - Levani Damuni

https://www.scout.com/player/190327-levani-damuni?s=365

Notes: One of the top athletes in the state of Utah will miss his senior year with a broken leg. Will play linebacker at the next level. 

8 - Michael Richardson

https://www.scout.com/player/200000-michael-richardson?s=365

Notes: Top offensive line prospect in the state of Utah this year and as multiple Pac-12 offers. Plans to serve an LDS mission before enrolling in college. 

9 - Darren Hall

https://www.scout.com/player/204227-darren-hall?s=365

Notes: Big California cornerback prospect has already visited SLC unofficially and will be on an official visit this weekend. Utes are among his leaders.

10 - Alden Tofa

https://www.scout.com/player/203774-alden-tofa?s=365

Notes: Big in-state defensive lineman has Utah, BYU and Oregon among his leaders. Will take an official visit later this season.

11 - Ryan Nelson

https://www.scout.com/player/199108-ryan-nelson?s=365

Notes: One of the best offensive linemen in Southern California. Has already visited SLC unofficially and includes the Utes among his leaders.

12 - Aliki Vimahi

https://www.scout.com/player/197441-aliki-vimahi?s=365

Notes: Elite defender from Hawaii is high on Utah. Will serve an LDS mission before enrolling in school. 

13 - Cole Clemens

https://www.scout.com/player/207557-cole-clemens?s=365

Notes: Strong offensive lineman earned an offer during Utah's summer elite camp. Has attention from all three in-state schools.

14 - Casey Roddick

https://www.scout.com/player/198545-casey-roddick?s=365

Notes: Big So Cal lineman recently received an offer and is considering adding the Utes to his already announced top five.

15 - Miki Sugurutaga

https://www.scout.com/player/208752-miki-suguturaga?s=365

Notes: Big Hawaiian defensive lineman has Utah near the top of his list. Will take an official visit later this fall.

16 - Taniela Pututau

https://www.scout.com/player/193710-taniela-pututau?s=365

Notes: Younger brother of Utes Howard and Fua, Taniela is arguably the most athletic of the three. Will serve an LDS mission before starting college. 

17 - Anthony Luke

https://www.scout.com/player/207527-anthony-luke?s=365

Notes: Explosive JUCO defensive end is a big play machine. Former JUCO teammate of current Ute Armand Shyne.

18 - Victor Jones

https://www.scout.com/player/205469-victor-jones?s=365

Notes: Northern California defensive end has Utah among his leaders. Is expected to take an official visit. 

19 - Jaylon Johnson

https://www.scout.com/player/200039-jaylon-johnson?s=365

Notes: One of the top defensive backs in America. He's a bit of a longshot for the Utes, but has publicly stated that he plans on taking an official to SLC. 

20 - Trajon Cotton

https://www.scout.com/player/204934-trajon-cotton?s=365

Notes: Another top California defensive back that is planning on taking an official visit to SLC later this fall. 


Missed the Cut: Elijah Blades, Langi Tuifua, Tyquez Hampton, Cyrus Habibi-Likio, Lorenzo Fauatea, Noah Elliss, Tyler Batty, Naytron Culpepper, Cartrell Thomas, Corrion Ballard, Ben Moos, Jordan Genmark-Heath


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