Football signing day: Locals commit to schools, church missions

Desert Hills seniors Ty Rutledge (left) and Josh Anderson sign their letters of intent to play at SUU Wednesday, St. George, Utah, Feb. 6, 2013 | Photo by Andy Griffin, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – College football fans get pretty excited for National Letter of Intent Day, the day high school football players can officially put pen to paper and sign to play at the next level.

Blake Barney
Dixie’s Blake Barney, shown here in the 3A state championship game in Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 16, 2012, will trade in his Flyers blue and white for Weber State purple and white | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

It’s a unique thing in southern Utah, however. Always a speculative day, many young players in our part of the state will take advantage of the now lower age qualifications for missions in the LDS Church and head on those missions immediately after high school.

Such is the case for some of the brightest stars from Region 9’s last season. Dixie’s Blake Barney, the classifications reigning MVP, as well as Desert Hills stars Ty Rutledge and Josh Anderson are among those young men who signed LOI’s today, but don’t plan on attending their schools of choice until the 2015 season.

In Barney’s case, Weber State is the school of choice, but an LDS mission is his first choice.

“I really loved the coaches and facilities and everything about my visit to Weber State,” Barney said. “I really look forward to playing there, but a mission is my first priority. My papers are already in and I’m pretty sure I’ll be leaving in June.”

Rutledge and Anderson both signed in a ceremony on the Desert Hills campus, committing to play at Southern Utah University.

“I really like where their program is headed,” Anderson said. “Plus the idea of playing with Ty and Mike (Needham, a 2012 DH graduate) is pretty cool.”

Rutledge, who led the Thunder to the Region 9 title as their elusive quarterback, also said he believes in what SUU is doing.

“I know this is the right place for me,” he said. “They want to use me all over the field, QB, slot, defensive back. My papers are ready to go and Josh and I plan on being on the field in 2015.”

Pine View also the signing of Cody Boyer, an offensive lineman who will join his brother, K.J., at Utah State University, and defensive linemen Wes Moeai and Wes Kauvaka, both of whom will head to Cedar City and SUU.

Pine View’s record-setting running back, Prentiss Miller, did not sign an LOI, but has expressed interest at walking on at the University of Utah as has Panthers defensive back Austin Gibbs.

Snow Canyon lineman Austin Best, in St. George, Utah, Oct. 5, 2012 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

Snow Canyon lineman Austin Best committed to Dixie State College today, while Hurricane has a couple of prospects in Sean Hafen and Adam Thompson, who have yet to commit.

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  • Chad Luethje February 6, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Nothing about this guy?

    Logan Stott

    POSITION: Offensive Line

    HIGH SCHOOL: Pine View

    HEIGHT: 6-foot-3

    WEIGHT: 300 pounds


    The second most highly rated recruit of Arizona’s 2013 signing class is St. George, Utah product Logan Stott. Stott committed to the Wildcat long ago, originally giving his verbal pledge to Mike Stoops’ staff in the spring of 2011.

    Former UA offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Robert Anae recruited Stott, so Stott’s continued commitment to the Wildcats despite a change in head coach should be of little surprise. But last month, Brigham Young head coach Bronco Mendenhall wooed Anae back to his old position as the Cougars’ offensive coordinator.

    Despite this, Stott did not waver and UA is all the better for it. Stott provides needed size and strength to the Wildcat offensive line almost immediately. Several SEC programs targeted him — a good sign, given the conference’s knack for producing top flight lines.

    Stott should compete for playing time immediately, and will have an opportunity to learn from a veteran corps on the Wildcat front.

    • Andy Griffin February 7, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Thanks for reading Reports indicate that Logan Stott has left Arizona and is considering playing at a Utah school. We will update when we confirm where he might be playing next year.

  • Chad February 7, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that, and surprised also, since the info I posted in my last comment is from an article that was released yesterday afternoon… Any word on where he’s going if he has indeed backed out of his commitment to Rich Rodriguez and the University of Arizona? Did Anae manage to talk him into reconsidering BYU?

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