There's been plenty of Utah prep athletes gathering attention all over the country during the past weekend. But we begin with local hoops recruiting:
A pair of forwards from the 2014 class - Orem's Dalton Nixon and Roy's Brekkott Chapman - got scholarship offers from BYU on Monday, and now each sports an offer from all of the major in-state schools.
It was a particularly big arrival in the Nixon family - Dalton's father, Kevin, played for the Cougars. After a first-team all-state season last year and a strong performance with Utah Pump-N-Run and Utah Hoops this summer, expectations are rising for the 6-foot-7 rising junior. Since June, the BYU staff has been all over Nixon with texts and calls, and coaches have seen most of his AAU games.
"It's been really consistent since the summer started," Nixon says. "Coach [Dave] Rose said he sees me playing multiple positions, the three and the four. And he said I would be a good fit for them, and BYU is committed to me."
Nixon said although he's been looking forward to BYU offering him a scholarship, he has no favorite at this point in his recruiting. He'll take trips to Creighton and Stanford in August.
Chapman, a quick-rising 6-foot-9 forward, also says he has no favorite - he likely won't commit until next summer. He drew some extra eyes in the Pangos tournament two weeks ago, holding fellow 2014 prospect Malik Pope to only two points as Utah Hoops went on to win it.
The uber-athletic rising junior says he was as surprised as anyone at how he shot up recruiting boards this past month, but his AAU coach, Lynn Lloyd of Utah Hoops, had been expecting such a boom.
"He told me this was going to happen, but I still didn't expect it," Chapman says. "My time this summer is evaporating quickly right now."
Chapman said he grew up a BYU fan, then started liking Utah when he was still in elementary school. Now, he claims, he likes both. But he's also open to playing out of state - he only has one such offer, to San Francisco.
"It could be good to get away from it all, and not be confined anywhere," he says. "But playing in Utah would be good, too."
• The Utah Reign, the AAU club made up of players from Lone Peak High School, didn't win it all last weekend at the Summer Jam in Milwaukee, Wisc., but still drew a long line of praise from national recruiting and basketball observers. The team's BYU-bound trio - Nick Emery, T.J. Haws and Eric Mika - predictably garnered most of the attention. One of the more glowing pieces came from SLAM Magazine after the Reign barely fell to the Houston Defenders, which boast top prospects Aaron and Andrew Harrison. Let the three-peat conversation begin.
• In football, Utah had a representative at one of the most hyped events of the summer. Cottonwood quarterback and Alabama commit Cooper Bateman drilled against the top signal-caller recruits in the nation at the Elite 11 in Redondo Beach, Calif. Although Bateman fell short of the staff's top 11 rankings, most of the media covering the event acknowledged that he held his own, even if he has some things to work on. Most surprisingly, Bateman ran the fastest 40-yard dash (4.58) of any recruit at the event, which led to this story by CBS Sports on his physical tools.
Kyle Goonkgoon@sltrib.comTwitter: @kylegoon