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Recruits to watch in this week’s Utah high school state championships

There are only two games left in the 2022 Utah High School football season – the 6A and 5A state championship games.

Both games will be played on Friday, giving fans another opportunity to watch the state’s top programming and get a look at some of the best talent Utah has to offer.

Here’s a look at eight candidates to keep an eye on in this week’s championship games:


Isaac Wilson

  • Team/Position: Corner Canyon quarterback
  • Class: 2024
  • Recruitment Status: Unbound
  • Game: 6A Championship vs. Skyridge (Friday, 11am MST, Rice-Eccles Stadium).

Wilson, a four-star contender, has a dozen offers even as a junior, according to 247 Sports. This includes several Power Five schools such as Oregon, Miami, Oklahoma State, as well as Utah (which recently expanded offerings), BYU, and Utah State.

While Wilson completed only 50% of his passes and threw four interceptions in a 6A semifinal win over Farmington, he also threw for 224 yards and had three touchdowns (two passing, one rushing). New York Jets QB Zach Wilson’s younger brother threw a 94-yard touchdown pass to open the goal.


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Corner Canyon’s Owen Borg blocks a punt attempt by Farmington’s Mitch Nielsen and returns the ball for a touchdown, putting Corner Canyon 38th after the PAT in a 6A football semifinal at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Thursday : 28 takes the lead. November 10, 2022.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Owen Borg

  • Team/Position: Corner Canyon Linebacker
  • Class: 2023
  • Recruitment Status: The BYU commits
  • Game: 6A Championship v Skyridge (Friday, 11am, Rice Eccles Stadium).

Borg, a three-star recruit, committed to BYU before the start of the season and joins the list of Corner Canyon players who have decided to become Cougars in recent years.

He’s had a stellar senior season despite a few injuries, and last week Borg returned a blocked punt for a touchdown late in the third quarter to help the Chargers extend a tenuous lead over Farmington.


Smith Snowden

  • Team/Position: Cornerback by Skyridge
  • Class: 2023
  • Recruitment Status: Unbound
  • Game: 6A Championship vs. Corner Canyon (Friday, 11 a.m., Rice Eccles Stadium).

Snowden, a three-star prospect, is one of the state’s top remaining untied players in this year’s recruit bracket and joins teammate Tausili Akana, an edge rusher who was named the state’s top prospect in this year’s composite rankings by 247 Sports was classified. According to 247 Sports, Snowden has offers from places like Utah and BYU, as well as Colorado, Northwestern, Stanford and Washington State, among others.

Snowden has emerged as one of the top playmaking defenders in the state, and that ability showed last week when he returned an interception 92 yards for a touchdown to give Skyride an early lead in their semi-final win over Bingham.


McCae Hillstead

  • Team/Position: Skyridge quarterback
  • Class: 2023
  • Recruitment Status: Committed to the State of Utah
  • Game: 6A Championship vs. Corner Canyon (Friday, 11 a.m., Rice Eccles Stadium).

Hillstead, a three-star recruit, has been committed to Utah State since May. He also had offers from Washington State and Florida International.

Hillstead missed a significant portion of his senior season with an ankle injury, but he returned to action two weeks ago and has played well. In last week’s win over Bingham, he completed 12 of 18 passes for 210 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while also rushing five carries for 23 yards.


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Lehi’s Jackson Brousseau passes the ball as Lehi and Stansbury play in the 5A State semifinal football game on Friday, November 11, 2022 at Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Lehi won 42-0.

Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News

Jackson Brousseau

  • Team/Position: Lehi quarterback
  • Class: 2023
  • Recruitment Status: Committed to the State of Colorado
  • Game: 5A Championship vs. Timpview (Friday, 2:30 p.m., Rice Eccles Stadium).

Brousseau, a three-star prospect, joins Hillstead and Springville’s Ryder Burton (a BYU commitment) as the state’s top-rated QB recruits in this year’s class. Brousseau, who signed for Colorado State in April, also received interest from other schools including BYU, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Washington and Boise State, among others, according to 247 Sports.

He has thrown for nearly 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns this season. Last week, Brousseau threw for 226 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-0 win in a semifinal win over previously undefeated Stansbury.


Isaac Terell

  • Team/Position: Lehi Edge Rusher
  • Class: 2023
  • Recruitment Status: Committed to Washington State
  • Game: 5A Championship vs. Timpview (Friday, 2:30 p.m., Rice Eccles Stadium).

Terrell, a three-star prospect, is ranked as one of the state’s top edge rushers as the 13th-best recruit in the state of Utah this year, according to 247 Sports. He also had offers from Utah State, Idaho State and UNLV but signed for Washington State in late July, according to 247 Sports.

Terrell has been a consistent performer for the Pioneers this season. In last week’s win against Stansbury he added seven tackles and a half sack – he has 8.5 sacks a year.


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The Timpview Thunderbirds, including Spencer Fano (55), celebrate after defeating the Orem Tigers in the 5A Semifinals at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Friday, November 11, 2022. The Thunderbirds won 48-31.

Ben B. Braun, Deseret News

Spencer Fano

  • Team/Position: Timpview Offensive Tackle
  • Class: 2023
  • Recruitment Status: Unbound
  • Game: 5A Championship vs. Lehi (Friday, 2:30 p.m., Rice Eccles Stadium).

Fano, a four-star contender, is ranked the second-best recruit in the state this year in 247 Sports’ composite rankings. He has more than 25 scholarship offers and will announce his college engagement Dec. 6, according to 247 Sports’ Blair Angulo.

Fano named the final four in September, including Utah, BYU, Oregon and Michigan. Two weeks ago, however, he shared a graphic on Instagram indicating that he had replaced BYU with Clemson in his last four.


Siale Esira

  • Team/Position: Timpview edge rusher
  • Class: 2023
  • Recruitment Status: The BYU commits
  • Game: 5A Championship vs. Lehi (Friday, 2:30 p.m., Rice Eccles Stadium).

Esera, a four-star nominee, is BYU’s second-highest rated engagement in this year’s class and fourth-highest in the state of Utah, according to 247 Sports. He’s had scholarship offers from as many as 20 schools, per 247 Sports, and became involved with BYU the same day the Cougars defeated Baylor in September.

Esera has amassed a team-high 74 tackles this season, along with two sacks and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown. He had three tackles in the T’Birds semi-final win over Orem last week.

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