As the season winds down, recruiting is heating up, and Utah coaches are pushing for the next wave of commitments to finalize the signing class of 2017. UteZone takes a closer look at the biggest prospects on Utah's board:
UteZone Top Ten
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. Michigan and Ohio State are the biggest threats to the Utes for his services.
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. Katoa plans on committing to a school in December and enrolling early.
3 - Eno Benjamin
Notes: Benjamin, a former Iowa commit, is one of the top running backs in America. He visited Salt Lake City last weekend and reportedly came away from teh trip impressed. Arizona State, Missouri and Michigan are also in the picture for the Army All-American.
4 - Corrion Ballard
Notes: Ballard is one of the top JUCO safeties in the country, and visited Salt Lake City last weekend. The Utes are at the top of his list, but the mid-year graduate is also considering Texas Tech, UNLV and Oklahoma State.
5 - 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.
6 - 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.
7 - 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.
8 - Jordan Agasiva
Notes: One of the top JUCO offensive linemen in the country, Agasiva has already visited Auburn, TCU, and Utah, and will visit Oregon State this coming weekend before making a final decision,. He's a mid-year graduate that will sign in December.
9 - 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.
10 - Joe Tryon
Notes: Tryon, a Washington State commit, visited Salt Lake City over the weekend and had a lot of good things to say about his experience. He's also going to visit Illinois, Oregon and Wazzu before shutting his recruitment down for good.
The Next Ten
11 - Cole Clemens
12 - Bryan Thompson
13 - Jhavonte Dean
14 - Marquise Blair
15 - Orlando Umana
16 - Noah Elliss
17 - Taniela Pututau
18 - Carmoni Green
19 - Beau Corrales
20 - Robert Valencia
Missed the Cut: Miki Suguturaga, DJ Johnson, Victor Jones, Mo Unutoa, Aliki Vimahi, Jax Wacaser, Isaiah Dunn, Anthony Luke, Deommodore Lenoir, Alden Tofa, Michael Harley, Jr., Mannie Netherly, Zimari Manning, Darren Hall, Tyler Batty, Chaz Ah-You, Ben Moos, Elijah Blades, Elijah Gates, Cyrus Habibi-Likio