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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Notes: Elite defender from Hawaii is high on Utah. Will serve an LDS mission before enrolling in school.
13 - Cole Clemens
Notes: Strong offensive lineman earned an offer during Utah's summer elite camp. Has attention from all three in-state schools.
14 - Casey Roddick
Notes: Big So Cal lineman recently received an offer and is considering adding the Utes to his already announced top five.
15 - Miki Sugurutaga
Notes: Big Hawaiian defensive lineman has Utah near the top of his list. Will take an official visit later this fall.
16 - Taniela Pututau
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
Notes: Explosive JUCO defensive end is a big play machine. Former JUCO teammate of current Ute Armand Shyne.
18 - Victor Jones
Notes: Northern California defensive end has Utah among his leaders. Is expected to take an official visit.
19 - Jaylon Johnson
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
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