The class of 2015 may be a banner year for the state of Utah, but there are a few 2016 prospects emerging that could steal the show this fall. Drew Jensen from Brighton High School is one of those rising juniors that could take some of the spotlight this season.
Jensen has started every game since entering high school two years ago. As a freshman Jensen was Brighton's starting quarterback and was honorable mention on the All-Conference team, despite being 14 years to start the season. Jensen also finished 6th in Utah for javelin as a freshman.
As a sophomore Jensen got Brighton off to a 5-0 start, looking much improved as a QB. In the middle of the season Jensen broke his wrist and refused to miss any time. He went on to finish the season playing running back, wide receiver, safety, and outside linebacker. He never missed a game and finished the season with some impressive numbers. Jensen had 63 carries for 621 yards (nearly 10 yards/carry) and 10 touchdowns, easily one of Brighton's most valuable players.
"I feel like my first few years of high school ball were pretty good, but I am preparing for my best season in 2014," Jensen claimed. "My coaches challenged to score 20 touchdowns this year, and that's now my goal. I will be playing some wildcat QB, receiver, running back,outside backer, strong safety, and cornerback. I don't really care where I play, I just want to help my team win games. I found out the other day that my team voted me captain, and so I need to step my game up. Being a leader is a big focus for me this offseason."
Jensen is undoubtedly one of the most impressive underclassmen in Utah, but to this point his recruitment has been quiet.
"For the most part it's been all Utah and BYU recruiting me," Jensen said. "Some schools will stop by to check out Osa Masina and will hear about me, but not too much outside of that. Washington, Washington State, Arizona, and Stanford are all starting send me camp invites and stuff."
"The two in-state schools are really the programs I'm most interested in. I grew up a big fan of both BYU and Utah. I have family connections to both schools and really like the idea of playing at both. They are both primarily recruiting me to play safety. I've established great relationships with coaches at both schools. Coach Scalley and Tuiaki are awesome guys and I also really like Coach Howell and Poppinga.
"The one thing separating the schools at this point is Utah's Pac-12 connection. I love the exposure Utah gets playing those schools and want to play against great talent week in week out like that. I love the standards at BYU a lot though, and could definitely see myself playing there. It would be hard to go wrong with either school."
Jensen may be without an offer now, but that should be changing shortly. If he preforms well at the BYU and Utah Elite Camps, he could end the summer with offers from his top 2 schools. It wouldn't be surprising to see a handful of other schools begin heavily recruiting Jensen. He has a chance to be one of the best in Utah for the next two years, and could eventually end up one of the top prospects out West by the time it's all said and done.