Prep football two-a-days: Brighton
Cottonwood Heights has been attracting a who's-who of college football lately.
Michigan. Notre Dame. Stanford. Just to name a few.
"I had a coach tell me, 'You're on everybody's list now,'" Ryan Bullet said.
That's because the Brighton High School coach once again has a roster featuring some of the state's brightest prep stars.
As the Bengals prepare for fall, juniors Jackson Barton and Osa Masina figure prominently into the team's plans. Masina, a two-way starter, has garnered offers from some of the country's most prestigious programs. Barton, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound lineman, already has committed to Utah, though it hasn't stopped the offers from coming.
The Bengals have plenty of talent beyond those two highly recruited prospects.
Wide receiver and linebacker Isaiah Kaufusi will play football at the next level.
Meanwhile, quarterback Drew Jensen, a starter as a freshman last season, has put on 20 pounds and figures to assume more responsibilities as a sophomore.
"He doesn't have recess anymore," Bullet joked. "We didn't run him very much last year because we didn't want him to get hurt. We didn't really open up the playbook because we can't expect him to make all the throws. We'll open it up this year."
ASSIGNMENT • Region 3
LAST YEAR • 8-5 overall, 2-3 Region 3
KEY RETURNER • Nobody is bigger for the Bengals than 6-foot-7 lineman Jackson Barton.
BIGGEST HOLE • "Our ones are as good as anyone else's ones," coach Bullet said. But to make noise in arguably the state's toughest region, it takes a lot of bodies and depth is the big question mark.
PLAYER TO WATCH • Drew Jensen has gotten bigger, stronger and faster since starting as the team's quarterback his freshman year.
NEED TO KNOW • Osa Masina is one of the state's best athletes. He'll impact games on both sides of the ball. On offense, he also figures into coach Bullett's wildcat formation, where he'll be a threat to run or throw the ball.