UteZone Big Board: 11/7/16

The push begins to round out the class of 2017. Here are the players to watch for Ute fans.

With the season starting to draw to a close and the bye week behind them, Utah coaches are starting to push to complete the recruiting class of 2017. The bye week enabled Utah coaches to refine their recruiting priorities and re-evaluate prospects that they feel can make the most impact in the Pac-12. Here is the latest look at the players that should be on Ute fans' radars: 


1 - Jay Tufele


Notes: The top recruit in the state of Utah remains the top recruit on the Utes' board. Tufele is a high impact defensive tackle prospect that would be in the mix for a starting spot as a true freshman if he were to sign with the Utes. He is a frequent unofficial visitor to the Utah campus and has been to multiple games this season. 

2 - Tayler Katoa


Notes: The four star athlete plays quarterback for Layton, but is being recruited as a linebacker/defensive end. Katoa has terrific size and athleticism and would fit nicely into Utah's front seven. A number of Pac-12 schools have offered.  

3 - Michael Richardson


Notes: Richardson is the best offensive lineman in the state of Utah and a top priority on the Utes' board. Washington and Oregon are the biggest contenders besides the Utes for his services. 

4 - Tareke Lewis


Notes: Lewis officially visited Utah earlier this month and now includes the Utes among his favorites, along with Maryland. West Virginia is also in the picture. A decision is expected by early December. 

5 - Jordan Lolohea


Notes: Another elite line prospect from the state of Utah, Lolohea has Utah among his leaders. Oregon State, BYU and Colorado are also contenders. Lolohea plans on serving an LDS mission before enrolling.

6 - Jordan Agasiva


Notes: One of the top JUCO offensive linemen in the country, Agasiva will visit Utah officially in the coming weeks. Auburn, TCU and Oregon State are also contenders for the talented lineman. 

7 - Levani Damuni


Notes: One of the best defensive athletes in the state of Utah this year, Damuni's season was hampered by an injury. That said, the Utes are still pushing hard for the talented linebacker. 

8 - Cole Clemens


Notes: A big, powerful guard prospect, Clemens earned an offer during UTah's summer elite camp. Clemens is one of the top linemen in the state of Utah, and is considering in-state programs BYU and USU as well.  

9 - Bryan Thompson


Notes: Thompson recently visited Salt Lake City and was blown away by his experience. He still has trips to Oregon and Washington State on tap, but the Utes are definitely in the game for the talented athlete.

10 - Orlando Umana


Notes: Umana is considering offers from a number of programs including Utah, Washington, Arizona, UCLA and Cal. Umana claims he'll visit SLC in December before making his final visit. 


11 - Marquise Blair


12 - Corrion Ballard


13 - Casey Roddick


14 - Miki Suguturaga


15 - Taniela Pututau


16 - Victor Jones


17 - Mo Unutoa


18 - Joe Tryon


19 - Aliki Vimahi


20 - Kendall Sheffield



Missed the Cut: Jax Wacaser, Jhavonte Dean, Isaiah Dunn, Anthony Luke, Deommodore Lenoir, Carmoni Green, Alden Tofa, Noah Elliss, Michael Harley, Jr., Mannie Netherly, Zimari Manning, Darren Hall, Tyler Batty, Chaz Ah-You, Ben Moos, Elijah Blades, Elijah Gates, Cyrus Habibi-Likio


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