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Looking at 2011 Recruits: Utah's Nate Fakahafua

Picture via Deseret News.  Photo taken by Ravell Call.
Picture via Deseret News. Photo taken by Ravell Call.

This the first article of a feature that will be doing here where we take a look at 2011 commits in the MWC.

Name:  Nate Fakahafua 

School:  Utah

Position:  Wide receiver

Height/Weight:  6'4''/200

High School:  Highland High in Salt Lake City, Utah

Offers:  Utah

Date Committed:  January 25, 2010

Recruiting Profiles:  RivalsScoutESPN

Utah is off to an early start in recruiting with already four players committed from the state of Utah.  Utah's second commit, Nate Fakahafua, committed before even Utah's 2010 recruiting class had signed.  He is a local product from Highland High, just minutes away from the University of Utah.

Nate Fakahafua has ideal size at wide receiver at 6'4'', 200 lbs and also possesses decent speed.  According to recruiting services he runs a 4.5 forty and can bench press 365 pounds.  He is a physical, athletic receiver who is a big time playmaker for the Highland Rams.

Fakahafua had just 23 receptions for 477 yards and 8 touchdowns in his junior season but don't sleep on him.  His stats weren't great in large part due to the run-oriented offense that Highland uses, somewhat similar to Air Force.

From his stats however you can see that he is a big play type of receiver.  He averaged 20.7 yards per reception and scored a touchdown on about 35 percent of his receptions.  His sophomore season was also impressive as he averaged 13.25 yards per reception. 

As a junior, Fakahafua was named as a second team all-state WR by Deseret News.  He was recruited as a wide receiver but also played safety.  

Fakahafua is also an outstanding basketball player for Highland where he played power forward.  He averaged 12.76 points per game and 6.08 rebounds.  Basketball is something that Utah likes to scout to help determine athleticism.  His athleticism is very visible on the field with his ability to make tough catches.  

Overall, Fakahafua is a solid prospect for the Utes and should be a big play maker for them in the future.  He is on the Rivals250 watch list for 2011.

Video Highlights of Fakahafua from his Freshman and Sophomore year.


Other Utah 2011 Recruits

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