10 players to watch during the coming high school football season (10 items)
The football offseason has been abuzz regarding an extraordinary collection of in-state gridiron talent being looked at by top programs around the country. During camps, combines and other recruiting functions, Utah prep athletes have made their mark — many of them on the national scene.
Now it’s time for these top prospects to make their mark where it matters most — on the field of play.
The high school football season kicks off Aug. 22 with talent on display through mid-November and the state playoffs. Some top athletes may disappoint while others will undoubtedly rise up during what looks to be another exciting Utah prep football season.
Talent abounds statewide, which makes it difficult to pinpoint just 10 prep athletes to watch during the coming season. Nevertheless there are some obvious names to track throughout the season, and if you're lucky enough, attend at least one of their games.
1 of 10. 1. Austin Kafentzis, QB, Jordan
The Wisconsin commit's 13,919 yards and 149 touchdowns gained both rushing and passing over his already remarkable year are stats that speak for themselves.
Kafentzis already led the Beetdiggers to a state championship in 2012 and will certainly look to end his career winning it all in what looks like a stacked 5A classification.
2 of 10. 2. Osa Masina, LB/RB, Brighton
As for the prep level, Masina led the Bengals to the 5A state championship game with his 1,643 yards and 25 touchdowns on the ground and 87 tackles. Masina will again lead the Bengals in their bid for a 5A state championship.
3 of 10. 3. Britain Covey, QB, Timpview
Since then, Covey has gained scholarship offers from Utah, Utah State and BYU due to his extraordinary ability to cut on a dime and break a play open at any time. Expect even more refined quarterback play from him this time around and for Timpview to yet again be in the mix for another state championship.
4 of 10. 4. Kody Wilstead, QB, Pine View
Standing at 6-foot-6, Wilstead throws a gorgeous deep ball and has surprising mobility for his stature. Over the summer he's been dicing up competition at 7-on-7 tournaments — indicating potentially bigger numbers gained for his senior campaign.
5 of 10. 5. Porter Gustin, QB/LB, Salem Hills
Gustin will lead the Skyhawks on both sides of the ball and will certainly be a pleasure for anyone to watch throughout the season.