Prep football: Pleasant Grove's Munson flies under colleges' radar
What does a guy have to do to get noticed around here?
Earn the distinction as the highest-rated receiver among more than 50 at the annual Receiver Tech 25 camp in June? Catch five touchdowns in the season opener? Haul in a game-winning score amid double coverage to upset the region champion?
Pleasant Grove's Skyler Munson has done all of those things and more, yet he still can't seem to get a mention in the discussion about the state's elite receivers. The senior hasn't even received a college scholarship offer.
"I don't have any official offers yet, which is frustrating," Munson said. "Especially seeing how I match up with other receivers and athletes in the state who do have offers. It's disappointing."
The fact is Munson is one of the elite receivers in the state. He finished the regular season with 13 receiving touchdowns, a 24 yards-per-catch average and nearly 1,000 yards for the year.
He scored five touchdowns in a 214-yard performance against Kearns in Week 1. He's rushed for three TDs and returned a punt for a score this season. He also hauled in the game-winning pass from Michael Anderson in a Week 8 upset of defending Class 5A champion Lone Peak.
"I think his stats speak for themselves," Pleasant Grove coach Les Hamilton said. "He's spectacular once he gets the ball in his hands. I think he's one of the elite receivers in the state. He's a big-play guy. Once he has the ball, he's hard to tackle."
Maybe pulling off the improbable this week will get him some recognition. Munson will be the center of the Vikings' offense when they attempt to knock off top-ranked Jordan in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
"Looking around at practice, I'm thinking this could be the biggest upset that Utah has seen in a long time," Munson said. "There also is a very good chance that this is the going to be our last week. I try not to think about either of those. It will play itself out."
A season ago, Munson was moved from receiver to quarterback because of injury and the Vikings' lack of production. This year under Hamilton, Munson moved back to wideout and worked to change his approach from a finesse role to a physical presence.
That mentality was evident late in the game against Lone Peak.
"I worked a lot this summer on my speed and to be able to be physical with [defensive backs] and be able to get off of press coverage and break tackles," said Munson, who is listed as 6 feet and 170 pounds. "I can go up for the ball and don't have to worry about my size as much."
He also set out to score a touchdown in every game he played, figuring that would be the best way to get him on the radar of college programs. He amassed 17 touchdowns and found the end zone in eight of 10 games for the Vikings (6-4), who finished third in Region 4.
Munson has taken recruiting trips to Oregon State and Southern Utah, and he has received interest from Weber State. His ideal landing spot would be BYU, where his father ran track and where he would be allowed to serve an LDS Church mission.
"[Oregon State is] a school, from what I've heard, that won't hold my scholarship while I go on a mission," Munson said. "And I do plan on serving a mission right after high school. I know that limits my possibilities, but it's something I'm going to do no matter what."
Pleasant Grove receiver Skyler Munson scored 17 touchdowns, including 13 receiving, this season.
The Vikings senior opened the season with a five-TD performance against Kearns.
Munson has yet to receive a college scholarship offer despite being the top-rated receiver at the Receiver Tech 25 camp over the summer.