The original vision of this blog project was to bundle together every player in all five classifications from 103 programs into one vending machine of talent. That’s a whole lot of humans and I wanted to narrow it down to the 20 best players in the state. The blueprint wasn’t necessarily based strictly on recruiting interest, although it did play into account, but rather a collection of players that influence the outcome each Friday night in the realm of Utah high school football.
I’ll publish a blog post each day unveiling the top 20 players in the state — in no particular order — in my unabashed opinion. All selections are entirely my own. Submit your feedback in the comment section below and I’ll respond accordingly.
Now, without further adieu:
20. Korey Rush, East. Defensive End.
Nitty-gritty: 6-foot-3, 235-pounds; committed to Arizona State.
Qualifications: There might not be a more lethal pass rusher in the state than Rush, but obviously there are several arguments to be had. Rush isn’t limited to quarterback hurries either. He’s able to recognize play development and help in pass coverage — especially during screens.
Over the past two seasons he’s shown an innate ability to shed blocks while maintaining his center of gravity to his advantage. Albeit undersized in height and weight against the majority of offensive lineman, frequently he’s able to fire off the count quick and low before blockers can locate him. On occasions where he is locked up, his best move is the swim, which he’s developed into a consistent weapon. Last season he turfed the quarterback 14.5 times to bring his career sack total to 19.
What separates Rush from many of the talented sack artists in the state, however, is his relentless motor — a quality that translates well at the next level. Numerous times during his junior season he pursued the play from behind and eventually made the tackle, typically resulting in a loss of yardage, too.
Check out his junior season highlight tape and let’s all take a moment to commend the Method Man track selection. Touché.