Hot Shots: Fall ’17
As Utah high schools continue to grow at a rapid pace, so does the talent level of the student-athletes. Because of this, Utah has become one of the most visited western states among college coaches looking to fill their rosters, second only to California. In each of our issues, Winners Utah will look to highlight the accomplishments of those student-athletes, as they give everything they can to lead their teams to glory. This issue’s honorees share no shortage of accolades, as some are considered the very best in the nation at what they do.
By Alex Markham
A four-star quarterback by both Rivals and Scout recruiting services, Cooper committed to Washington State in May of 2017. From there, he excelled on the camp circuit and was invited to the Elite 11 finals, an exclusive camp for the top quarterbacks in the country. When he arrives at Washington State, he is going to have some big shoes to fill, as he looks to replace record-setting quarterback and former Logan High star, Luke Falk.
Initially committing to play for Brigham Young University, Cam backed off his pledge to play for the Cougars once more and more college coaches took notice. Rated a four-star defensive end prospect, Latu has no shortage of college offers as one the top recruits in the country. In order to place all of his focus on his senior football season, he recently held an announcement ceremony where he committed to the University of Alabama.
With three older brothers playing Division I football, Salua is destined to compete at the highest levels of football as well. After spending the summer going to some of the most prestigious football camps in the country, Salua was lauded by coaches for his ability to use his big 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame, along with his breakneck speed, to his advantage. Salua will likely wait until National Signing Day in February before choosing his future school.
A soccer phenom, Wade was offered a scholarship to Brigham Young University at the age of 14. She’s stayed committed to them from that point on, as she’s gone out and dominated the UHSAA scene. Growing up, competition was fierce around the Wade household, as she won’t be the only Division I athlete in the family: her brother, Jesse, signed with the Gonzaga Bulldogs for basketball. For the 2017 season, Wade has chosen to transfer to Layton’s new La Roca Futbol Club.
Standing at an imposing 6-foot-5 and 340 pounds, Penei Sewell is as massive of a specimen you’ll see in the high school ranks. As one of the top athletes at his position in the class of 2018, the four-star offensive tackle can take his pick of colleges across the nation—he has scholarship offers from dozens of programs from the likes of Alabama, BYU, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, USC and Utah.
The “East Four”
You can’t name one of these high school football standouts without mentioning them all: Junior Angilau, Sam Taimani, Tennessee Pututau and Paul Maile, all of East High School. Both Angilau and Taimani have offers spreading from the Pac-12 to the SEC conferences, while Pututau and Maile are also bound to land at prestigious programs. As good as they are, one intriguing questions lies with this group of friends: could they all stay and play together in their home state?