I flew from Chicago to Denver, then to Salt Lake City, drove to Seattle, then flew to Anchorage. It is the first time I have ever been to Alaska. And it means I have visited every one of 50 states during the course of my 31-year career to meet and evaluate high school players. Yes, there are good prospects in Alaska. I interviewed five of them.
Alaska has produced Division I basketball players in the past. Duke has recruited a couple of them. But some people argue the reason Alaska hasn't produced any Division I football players is because of a lack of publicity, that nobody ever bothers to come to the state to see if anyone can play the game.
We'll detail the top five players in Alaska in our next blog. In the meantime, let's cover some prospects in Colorado and Utah who are receiving national attention.
The state of Colorado is down, which is why the Colorado program is down. The best player in the state is 6-6, 260-pound offensive lineman Brendon Austin of Parker, who made a favorable impression at the U.S. Army combine in San Antonio in January and is considering Notre Dame or Stanford.
Colorado has offered 6-1, 230-pound running back Dorian Brown of Loveland.
Mullen High School in Denver has at least three Division I players, maybe as many as six. Northwestern, Kansas State and Colorado have offered 5-11, 210-pound running back Ad Ammen-Moore. Minnesota has offered 6-2, 240-pound linebacker Lee Willingham and Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Washington and Kansas State have offered 6-1, 185-pound wide receiver Ray Williams.
Believe it or not, Utah has a lot of talent and most of it is committed to Utah or Brigham Young. One of the leading prospects in the state is 6-2, 190-pound wide receiver Travis Still of Spanish Fork. A three-sport athlete, Still is uncommitted. But he said his dream is to play at Notre Dame, which hasn't offered. BYU and Utah have offered.
BYU, which is having a great recruiting year, has commitments from 6-3, 235-pound linebacker Austin Heder of Pleasant Grove, 6-3, 245-pound defensive end Baker Pritchard of Bingham in Salt Lake City, 6-2, 242-pound defensive end Moses Kaumatula of Bingham and 6-1, 275-pound noseguard Kesni Tausinea of Bingham.
Bingham is one of the strongest programs in the country and Utah is one of the most underrated states in the country. It has eight Division I players and five of them are committed to BYU.
The best player in the state is 6-1, 215-pound running back Harvey Langi of Bingham, who has offers from UCLA, Stanford, Colorado and most of the top programs in the West. The rest of the nation hasn't seen him yet. He has good grades (3.5) and averaged eight yards per carry last season.