NUMBER 24: KYRON BRACKEN – ENTERPRISE
Kyron Bracken, the running back out of Enterprise, may hail from a smaller school in the state, but he is anything but small in his impact on the game. Statistically, Bracken ranks among the best running backs in the entire state. Moreover, the Wolves’ impressive undefeated record for most of the season is a testament to Bracken’s undeniable skill and contribution to the team’s success. If you haven’t heard his name yet, you’re missing out on witnessing one of the most electrifying and entertaining players in the state. I urge you to check the tape and see for yourself the sheer talent and excitement that Kyron Bracken brings to the field. He is a player who demands attention and is bound to leave a lasting impression on anyone who watches him play.
NUMBER 23: TAGAI LESA – PROVO
Tagai Lesa out of Provo is a remarkable talent that has captivated our attention upon closer inspection. Previously lower on our list, Lesa has proven to be an underrated gem, destined for a breakout season. With his powerful running style, he fearlessly bulldozes through any obstacle in his path, leaving defenders in his wake. Lesa’s exceptional physicality sets him apart, making him a force to be reckoned with on the field. As a result, he is poised to become a significant contributor, presented with countless opportunities to find the end zone and leave his mark on the game. We eagerly anticipate Lesa’s rise to prominence and can’t wait to witness his undeniable impact next season.
NUMBER 22: CASH HENDERSON/JACOB HOWES – WOODS CROSS
The tandem of running backs Jacob Howes and Cash Henderson is undeniably one of the most formidable one-two punches in the state. These two dynamic athletes possess a unique combination of power and endurance that allows them to wear down defenses over the course of a game. With their ability to consistently churn out yards on the ground, Jowes and Henderson have the potential to become household names in Woods Cross. Watch closely as this dynamic duo wreaks havoc on opposing defenses, leaving a lasting impression with their dominant performances.
NUMBER 21: NAKOSI SWAIN – WEBER
Nakosi Swain, a standout player from Weber, is generating quite a buzz. Weber seems to have a promising future with an influx of talented young athletes, and Swain is certainly a pivotal player in their arsenal. If he performs at the level we’ve witnessed in the past, he has the potential to lead the Warriors to a playoff victory. Swain possesses an impressive blend of speed and athleticism, along with a remarkable ability to elude defenders. It’s worth noting that Region 1 boasts an abundance of skillful running backs, further highlighting the competitive landscape that Swain and the Warriors will navigate.
NUMBER 20: MASON TOPALIAN – CRIMSON CLIFFS
Mason Topalian, the talented running back hailing from Crimson Cliffs, shines brightly as the second representative from his school on this esteemed list. Undoubtedly, Crimson’s backfield boasts an exceptional level of talent. Topalian’s powerful running style perfectly complements the contrasting finesse of Christiansen. Together, they form an unstoppable duo, making it nearly impossible for opposing defenses to halt their relentless rushing attack. With Topalian’s strength and determination, combined with Christiansen’s agility and finesse, they create a formidable force that strikes fear into the hearts of their opponents. Crimson Cliffs has truly struck gold with this dynamic pair, destined to leave a lasting impact on the field.
NUMBER 19: KELVIN MALEAPEI – WEST
Kelvan Maleapei, the talented young running back who recently transferred from Woods Cross to West High School, deserves high praise for his immense potential and remarkable abilities. West High School is renowned for attracting and developing top-tier athletes, and Maleapei is no exception. With multiple Division 1 offers already in his pocket, it’s clear that his talent has not gone unnoticed. As he continues to mature and showcase his skills, there is no doubt that his offers will multiply. Maleapei’s determination and work ethic will propel him to even greater heights as he takes the field for West High School. Keep a close eye on this rising star as he shows out on the biggest stages, including the potential pursuit of a state championship. Kelvan Maleapei is undoubtedly a player to watch, and his journey to success is only just beginning.
NUMBER 18: JOSH BARKER – DAVIS
Josh Barker, the running back out of Davis High School, is an extraordinary talent who has been flying under the radar for far too long. However, this upcoming season is set to be a turning point for him. With unwavering determination and exceptional abilities, Barker will leave no doubt about his talent and establish himself as one of the best running backs in the state of Utah. Despite the loss of their quarterback, the Darts are primed for success, and Barker will undoubtedly become the focal point of their offense. With the entire game plan running through him, it’s a wise strategy that will highlight his exceptional skills and maximize his impact on the field. Get ready to witness Josh Barker’s rise to prominence as he shines brightly and delivers a remarkable season for Davis High School.
NUMBER 17: TRAVIS HOOPES – FARMINGTON
Travis Hoopes, the running back out of Farmington, demonstrated glimpses of his immense potential and pure athleticism during the previous season. With the stage now set, all the elements are aligned for him to have a breakout year. The Phoenix coaching staff recognizes his talent and will undoubtedly provide him with numerous opportunities to showcase his skills and reach the end zone. Hoopes possesses exceptional agility, making it incredibly difficult for even the most skilled defenders to bring him down. As the upcoming season unfolds, keep a keen eye on Travis Hoopes, as he is primed to make a significant impact and leave a lasting impression on the field.
NUMBER 16: MASON GROVER – PARK CITY
Mason Grover, the running back out of Park City, deserves the utmost praise for his exceptional skills that have flown under the radar for far too long. Upon carefully analyzing his film, it becomes evident that he is among the elite in the state. As the Park City Miners boast a talented roster, Grover has the potential to emerge as the focal point of their offense. With a violent running style, he leaves defenses in shambles, displaying an unwavering determination to reach the end zone. Keep a close eye on Mason Grover in the upcoming season, as he is poised to make a resounding impact and capture the attention of football enthusiasts across the state.
NUMBER 15: CARTER SHEFFIELD – SKYRIDGE
Carter Sheffield, the running back out of Skyridge, is poised to have a truly remarkable season that will leave spectators in awe. His talent and versatility make him a formidable force both inside and outside the tackles. Once he finds open space, taking him down becomes an arduous task for any defender. Sheffield’s exceptional ball-catching abilities add another dimension to his game, making him a valuable asset for the Skyridge offense. With a stacked offensive unit surrounding him, Sheffield is set to shine alongside his talented teammates. Keep an eye on Carter Sheffield as he takes the stage and delivers a jaw-dropping performance, leaving a lasting impact on the field for the Skyridge team.
NUMBER 14: SIONA VAILAHI – WEST
Siona Vailahi, the versatile player out of East High, deserves high praise for his exceptional athleticism and adaptability on the field. Last season, he showcased his skills as a hybrid, dual-threat quarterback for the Leopards until an unfortunate injury prematurely ended his season. However, this upcoming season, Vailahi will take on a new role as a running back. With his natural talent and football acumen, this transition should come naturally to him. As a focal point of the offense, expect Vailahi to make a significant impact, consistently finding the end zone and leaving defenders in his wake. With his determination and versatility, there’s no doubt that Siona Vailahi will continue to shine on the field and contribute greatly to the success of the East High team.
NUMBER 13: BROOKS WILDE – LONE PEAK
Brooks Wilde, the running back out of Lone Peak, is an absolute force to be reckoned with. Despite already displaying incredible talent, it feels like he hasn’t reached his full potential yet. This upcoming season, I anticipate witnessing an elevated level of play from him. With several key players graduating, Wilde will shoulder a greater portion of the offensive workload, receiving more handoffs and responsibilities. Get ready to be amazed as Wilde delivers awe-inspiring performances on the field. He has the potential to shock and surprise spectators, showcasing his exceptional skills and making a significant impact in the next season. Keep an eye on Brooks Wilde as he continues to establish himself as a dominant presence in the world of high school football.
NUMBER 12: TYTAN MASON – DESERT HILLS
Desert Hills is about to welcome an extraordinary talent in running back Tytan Mason, and the Thunder are undoubtedly fortunate to have him step into the shoes of the great Tydon Morris. Mason’s playing style aligns seamlessly with the team’s offensive scheme, making him a perfect fit for their system. Even more impressive is the fact that Mason is just a junior, yet already recognized as one of the finest running backs in the state. Last season, Mason showcased his exceptional skills by amassing nearly 800 yards on the ground, leaving opposing defenses struggling to contain his explosive runs and countless touchdowns. With such remarkable accomplishments under his belt at such a young age, there’s no doubt that Mason’s potential is sky-high.
NUMBER 11: ZACK CONWAY – SAN JUAN
Zach Conway is a truly electrifying player who has remained under the radar despite his immense talent. Hailing from a small school, he has managed to climb high on the list of exciting players due to his exceptional abilities. Conway should be nicknamed “Showtime,” he consistently delivers thrilling performances on both sides of the ball. Whether it’s taking handoffs and weaving through defenders or showcasing his impeccable receiving skills, he possesses a diverse skill set that poses a significant threat to opposing teams. Moreover, Conway’s impact extends beyond offense, as he proves to be an exceptional defender as well. His contributions were pivotal in leading the Broncos to a state championship, and there are high hopes for him to repeat this feat in the upcoming season. Keep an eye out for Zach Conway as he continues to make waves and captivate audiences with his extraordinary playmaking abilities.