The top 20 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 impact 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. Stay up to date with Utah high school football on Twitter by following me @TPhibbsDNews.
Now, without further adieu:
20. Korey Rush, East. Defensive End.
19. Baron Gajkowski, Lone Peak. Quarterback.
18. Gaje Ferguson, Mountain Crest. Running back; outside linebacker.
17. Cole Nelson, Juan Diego. Quarterback; safety.
16. Nolan Gray, Orem. Receiver.
15. Mori Savini, Taylorsville. Defensive tackle; fullback.
14. Koi Cook, Grand. Running back; defensive back.
13. Isaiah Holloway, Timpview. Defensive back.
12. Brandon Farmer, Herriman. Running back.
11. Drew Batchelor, Dixie. Receiver.
10. Kavika Fonua, Syracuse. Defensive back; running back.
9. Bryan Mone, Highland. Defensive line, offensive line.
8. Chase Christiansen, Stansbury. Quarterback; linebacker.
7. Tani Lehauli, Granger. Running back.
6. Trent Roberts, Duchesne. Quarterback; linebacker
Nitty-gritty: 6-feet, 180-pounds; undeclared.
Qualifications: Over the past several years the 1A classification has been a one-trick pony. Duchesne is three games away from breaking the state’s longest win streak. For that to happen, and for the Eagles to claim their fourth straight state championship, Mr. Do-it-all, Trent Roberts’ play can’t falter.
Unlike larger schools, Duchesne doesn’t have the luxury of platooning, and is dependent on the consistent play from its starters on both sides of the ball — something its obviously enjoyed over the past three seasons.
Roberts threw for 1,116 yards and 16 touchdowns with only two interceptions and led the team with 12 rushing scores along with an additional 489 yards on the ground in 2012. On defense, Roberts recorded 53 tackles, one sack and two interceptions. Apart from refilling the Gatorade and calling the plays Roberts did it all for the Eagles last season.
It would be a monumental accomplishment to set the all-time mark for consecutive wins. The trio of opponents blocking the way is: Layton Christian, North Summit and Carbon.
Roberts has a full season under his belt with numerous weapons at his disposal, and behind his arm the Eagles are projected to claim another ring. The 1A classification is quickly evolving into a monopoly and Roberts is Rich Uncle Pennybags.
Do not pass go.