NCF On The Trail: Utah State Aggies

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Cougs land three-star lineman Krepsz

September, 25, 2013
Offensive tackle Sean Krepsz (Riverside, Calif./King) has committed to sign with Washington State, according to multiple reports. He made an official visit this past weekend during the Cougars' 42-0 blowout win over Idaho.

Fresno State, San Diego State, San Jose State and Utah State also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-4, 293-pound three-star. Other programs -- including Arizona State, California, Utah and Washington -- showed interest.

Krepsz posted an electronically-timed 5.74 40-yard dash, 4.80 20-yard shuttle, 20.4-inch vertical, 42.5-foot power throw and 77.67 SPARQ. His power throw score is one of the top marks for the 2014 class.

Washington State now has 13 commitments. All 12 high school prospects are considered three-stars. Their lone junior college pledge, defensive back Joseph Turner (San Francisco/College of San Mateo), will be evaluated this fall.

ESPN 300 DT Poona Ford commits

August, 7, 2013
Highly-coveted defensive tackle Poona Ford (Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head) pledged to sign with Louisville Tuesday, according to multiple sources.

"I guess I just had a feeling. The feeling you get when you know you're welcome," he told The State. "I went up there for a visit, and they talked to me about coming in my freshman year and playing my very first game at home against Miami."

Ford selected the Cardinals over scholarship offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Boise State, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Marshall, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Toledo, UCF and Utah State.

Last fall, the 6-foot, 285-pound four-star terrorized opponents to the tune of 154 total tackles, 44 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

Ford, ranked No. 275 nationally, is now Louisville's highest-rated defensive pledge. The Cardinals have 24 verbals for 2014.

Illinois picks up another juco WR

July, 25, 2013
Wide receiver Geronimo Allison (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western CC), a 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect, pledged to sign with Illinois, according to multiple reports.

The Illini topped scholarship offers from Colorado State, Florida Atlantic, Iowa State, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Ohio and Utah State for Allison's commitment.

Tyrin Stone-Davis (Philadelphia/Pierce College), another juco receiver, also picked Illinois this week.

Utes get in-state TE Joe Tukuafu

July, 15, 2013
Rising senior Joe Tukuafu (Salt Lake City/East) will continue his career at Utah after committing to the program, according to multiple reports.

Utah State also extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end. Brigham Young and Oregon State showed interest.

The Utes now have eight verbals for 2014.

Utes nab in-state DT Christiansen

July, 9, 2013
Class of 2014 prospect Kyle Christiansen (Hyrum, Utah/Mountain Crest) committed Monday to sign with Utah, the Deseret News reports.

Brigham Young, Hawaii and Utah State also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-3, 315-pound prospect, who earned first-team all-state accolades last fall.

"I love Utah and always have," he said. "I love the football program there. I love the coaches. The atmosphere is awesome. I can't wait to get down there and be part of it."

Christiansen plans to graduate from high school in January and embark on an LDS mission before joining the Utes.

He's Utah's seventh pledge for 2014.

SMU lands playmaker Nate Gaines

June, 4, 2013
On Monday, defensive back/wide receiver Nate Gaines (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) committed to play for the SMU Mustangs, the Dallas Morning News reports. He was recruited by SMU associate head coach/defensive coordinator Tom Mason.

Arkansas State, Colorado State, Louisiana-Monroe, Navy, Nevada, Northern Illinois, Utah State, UTEP and Texas-San Antonio also extended scholarship offers to Gaines.

Despite his pledge, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect still hopes to visit Baylor and Oklahoma State this summer.

Gaines, a two-way contributor, caught 29 passes for 296 yards and six touchdowns and registered 48 tackles and nine interceptions as a junior.

SMU has seven commitments for 2014.

Badgers' Andersen reaches back into Utah

May, 17, 2013
First-year Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen, previously in charge of Utah State's program, snared a commitment Thursday from his old recruiting grounds. According to multiple sources, Ula Tolutau (Salt Lake City/East) picked the Badgers.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Andersen first began pursuing Tolutau when he was still at Utah State. Tolutau is the first Utah prospect to be lured to the Big Ten by the former Aggies coach.

Tolutau, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound high school running back, is classified as an athlete and could land at another position in Madison, Wis. His primary recruiter was Wisconsin defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a.

Brigham Young, Hawaii, Utah and Utah State also extended scholarship offers. Oregon State and Stanford, among others, expressed interest.

The Badgers have six pledges for 2014.
Senior athlete Jeff Farrar and wide receiver Trevor Wright are bringing college coaches to Upland (Calif.) High School this spring. But they're getting some serious help from the underclassmen in keeping those coaches around for the entire practice.

Coaches from Fresno State, Notre Dame, Oregon State, USC and Utah State were at Upland for spring ball practice this past Tuesday and each stayed well into the evening, as it seemed a new young standout made his presence felt during each drill.

In addition to Farrar -- who was put to work by the Upland staff at both defensive back and wide receiver -- as well as Wright, who was forced to miss the practice with a broken scapula, 2015 quarterback Tyler Hilinski is a known product at this point and generating serious interest from big-time programs such as Alabama, Oklahoma and USC. But he isn't the only junior-to-be making noise this spring.

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Sun Devils snare DE Korey Rush

May, 3, 2013
Arizona State landed a commitment from 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive end Korey Rush (Salt Lake City/East), according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

He also holds scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Utah State and Weber State and received interest from Brigham Young, Clemson, Colorado, Illinois, Stanford and Utah, among others.

"I've always had the feeling about Arizona State and didn't see the point about waiting anymore," he said. "People have been asking me, 'If someone bigger comes along, would I reconsider?' My answer is no. I wasn't just going to jump the gun if I wasn't sure."

Rushed, who had 14.5 sacks during his junior season, is commitment No. 3 for the Sun Devils.

Lengthy trip worth it for California QB 

April, 11, 2013
The Elite 11 regional competition is scheduled to make a stop May 17 in San Francisco. Quarterback Manny Wilkins (Novato, Calif./San Marin) couldn’t wait that long.

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Jack Kraus picks the in-state Hogs 

April, 2, 2013
Arkansas received a commitment Monday night from 2014 tight end Jack Kraus (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville), multiple sources report.

Illinois and Utah State also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior. Arkansas State, among others, showed interest.

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Though its success has been mostly built on structure, discipline and a desire to win rather than an abundance of college prospects, Concord (Calif.)De La Salle was blessed with both last season, as a 15-0 team sent four defensive standouts on to the next level.

With Michael Hutchings (USC), Austin Hooper (Stanford), Victor Egu (Yale) and D.J. Moffitt (UNLV) in college, the Spartans will likely turn to Dasmond Tautalatasi in a big way this season.

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Georgia quick to offer Watch List RB 

February, 16, 2013
Many high school prospects are evaluated for months or even years before a college program extends a scholarship offer. Highlights from sophomore seasons are compared to those of junior seasons to see progression and potential. Players who make a name for themselves as juniors are visited as seniors to gauge their possible impact at the next level. And then there are prospects like Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) for whom the entire process takes three or maybe four days.

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Utes land third pledge for 2014 

February, 11, 2013
Defensive tackle Allan Havili (Tooele, Utah/Stansbury) has committed to sign with Utah next February, multiple sources report.

According to, Arizona, Hawaii and Utah State also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-4, 285-pound junior.

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