November 10, 2007

Utah home to talent

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Rivals.com Recruiting Analyst Barry Every scouted some of Utah's top high school and JUCO talent last week in a couple of big-time matchups.


Check out the breakdown on Sausan Shakerin and the other top prospects from the Timpanogos-Alta and Eastern Arizona JC-Snow College games.







Expert's View of Timpanogos vs. Alta





David Kruger, 6-5, 255, DE, Timpanogos

Class of 2008


Assets: Has great frame and pursues the ball very well for a big guy.

Areas for improvement: Needs to keep his pad level lower. Has a tendency to play upright.

Most Impressive play: Running at least 30 yards in the first quarter to make a tackle, very impressive for a guy that is listed at 6 feet 5, 255 pounds.

Conclusion: If he was in Florida, Georgia, Texas, or California he would have 20 offers by now. He has the body to play strong side defensive end, defensive tackle or any of the offensive line positions.







Sausan Shakerin, 6-3, 205, RB/FB, Alta

Class of 2008


Assets: He has great size and power, runs tough up the middle.

Areas of improvement: Needs to secure the ball better.

Most Impressive play: In the third quarter, he made a nice, powerful spin move up the middle for a 10-yard gain.

Conclusion: He is a downhill runner who would fit best in a one-back set or out of the I-formation. He will be a mid- to major-Division I running back that excels down near the goal line.






Jefferson Court, 6-3, 215, LB, Alta

Class of 2008


Assets: Has great size at 6 feet 3, 215 pounds, and long arms for a linebacker.

Areas for improvement: Needs to work on shedding blockers.

Most Impressive play: In the second quarter, he sniffed out a screen pass and made a crushing tackle.

Conclusion: He is a low to mid-level Division I linebacker, who should also be an asset on special teams.






Derek Keller, 6-3, 215, DE/LB, Alta

Class of 2008


Assets: He is a real hustler, and chases the ball all over the place.

Areas of improvement: Needs to get stronger in the upper body area.

Most Impressive play: The kid had four and half sacks in the game.

Conclusion: Currently plays defensive end though he may be a linebacker at the next level. He should also be special teams guy who can play somewhere in the WAC or Mountain West Conference next year.


Expert's View of Eastern Arizona vs. Snow College






Pat Riley, 6-0, 180, ATH, Eastern Arizona JC

Class of 2008


Assets: He is an all-around player with great change of direction.

Areas of improvement: Projects as a safety, so he will need to get a little stronger in order to take the punishment at that position.

Most Impressive play: Athletic versatility on display as the starting quarterback, punter and holder.

Conclusion: Should be a mid-level Division I prospect.








Ronald Robinson, 6-3, 235, DE, Eastern Arizona JC

Class of 2009


Assets: He has very good speed, and hustles all over the field.

Areas of improvement: Needs to get thicker in order to play defensive end at the next level or he will have to move to linebacker.

Most Impressive play: He was the first one down field on punts, not bad for a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder.

Conclusion: Has tremendous potential, should be able to play major college football.






Andrew Mitchell, 6-6, 300, OT, Snow College

Class of 2008


Assets: Looks the part at 6 feet 6, 300 pounds and plays mean.

Areas of improvement: Needs to keep a flatter back in his stance and keep those feet churning while run blocking.

Most Impressive play: He played against an athletic defensive line and simply was tougher and nastier than they were during the game.

Conclusion: Should make an immediate impact at the major Division I level, especially since he graduates in December.






Aarron Po'uha, 6-4, 325, OG, Snow College

Class of 2008


Assets: He is physically ready to play right now at 6 feet 4, 320 pounds.

Areas of improvement: Needs to get no heavier than he is now.

Most Impressive play: He did a great job run blocking as Snow College racked up 378 rushing yards, mostly right up the middle.

Conclusion: Is a mid-level to major Division I prospect that has three years to play two.




Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He comes to Rivals.com after working in recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina. He can be reached at bevery@rivals.com


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