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Hagen and other BYU receiver commits turn out big-time performances: BYU Football Prep Tracker Week 8

This week in prep football BYU receiver commits (including new commit Cody Hagen) turned out several big-time performances.  But they weren’t alone: several of the commits are now at the top of the state statistical leaderboards after they continue to get results week-after-week.

BYU commit Parker Kingston is probably the best prep rushing quarterback in that state of Utah.  This week he rushed 18 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns (he also threw for another TD).

Most of the receivers committed to BYU also had big weeks. New commit Cody Hagen had eight receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns.  Maika Kaufusi had four receptions for 44 yards and a score. Cooper Ross had 160 receiving yards with two touchdowns (with four passes defended, one blocked punt, and a sack). And Cannon DeVries had six receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns (along with six tackles and 48 return yards).

On the defensive side of the ball Braxton Fely had two solo tackles, one tackle for loss, and a sack, while class of 2024 commit Easton Baker had 10 tackles, two forced fumbles, one pass breakup, and one sack.  He also had a rushing touchdown on offense.

Here is how several commits from Utah are stacking up with the other prep leaders:

  • Maika Kaufusi is currently no. 4 in the state of Utah in receiving yards per game (124), no. 11 in receiving touchdowns, and no. 1 in touchdowns per game.
  • Cody Hagen is no. 2 in the state of Utah in receiving yards (1055) and yards per game (131.9), no. 8 in total receptions (52), and no. 7 in receiving touchdowns (10).
  • Pokai Haunga is currently no. 4 in the state of Utah for receiving yards (952) and receiving touchdowns (11)
  • Braxton Fely is no. 9 in the state of Utah for sacks (9.5), and no. 3 in tackles for loss
  • Parker Kingston is no. 5 in the state of Utah for rushing touchdowns (12) and no. 6 in yards per carry 8.9 (min of 50 carries).
  • Easton Baker has five forced fumbles. I couldn’t find a state ranking for that statistic, but five is a lot.

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Here is a breakdown for each of the BYU commits:

Class of 2022 Commits (16)

  • Kaden Chidester (@Kaden_Chid, ATH).  Richfield HS (Richfield, Utah, 3-5) fell to Juab 28-27.  Stats not yet recorded. Season totals: 6 games; 21 tackles (15 solo), three passes defended, 10 quarterback hurries, three sacks, one blocked field goal, one blocked PAT, one forced fumble.
  • Cannon DeVries (@CannonDevries, WR/FS). Weber HS (Pleasant View, Utah, 6-2) defeated Olympus 45-6.  DeVries had six receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns, with six tackles (five solo) and 48 return yards. Season totals: five games, 38 receptions for 548 yards and seven touchdowns, 12 carries for 149 yards and two touchdowns, 452 return yards, 60 tackles (44 solo), 10 passes defended, one tackle for loss, one blocked field goal, and three interceptions.
  • Peter Falaniko (@FalanikoPeter, OL). Pine View HS (St. George, Utah, 5-2) lost to Crimson Cliffs 28-14.  Season totals: seven games, no stats.
  • Braxton Fely (@Braxton_Fely, DL). Timpview HS (Orem, Utah, 6-2) defeated Orem 43-13.  Fely had two solo tackles, one tackle for loss, and a sack. Season totals: eight games; 37 tackles (36 solo), 18 tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, and 9.5 sacks. Fely is no. 9 in the state for sacks (no. 4 in 5A), and no. 3 in tackles for loss (no. 2 in 5A, MaxPreps)
  • Cody Hagen (@_codyhagen_, WR). Corner Canyon HS (Draper, Utah, 8-0) defeated Westlake 56-0. Hagen had eight receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns.  Corner Canyon is currently ranked no. 14 nationally by Max Preps. Season totals: Eight games, 52 receptions for 1055 yards (20.3 avg) and ten touchdowns. Hagen is no. 2 in the state of Utah in receiving yards (1055) and yards per game (131.9), no. 8 in total receptions (52), and no. 7 in receiving touchdowns (10).
  • Brooks Jones (@Brooks_Jones81, DE/TE). American Leadership Academy (Queen Creek, Arizona, 4-1) defeated ALA – Gilbert North 38-35.  Jones had one solo tackle.  Season totals: Four games, 13 tackles (five solo), two sacks.
  • Jarinn Kalama (@JarinnKalama, ATH). Wasatch HS (Heber City, Utah, 5-3) fell to Spanish Fork 35-21.  Stats not yet recorded. Season totals: six games, 26 receptions for 399 yards and five touchdowns, one pass for 55 yards, 16 tackles (five solo), one tackle for loss, one sack, and one forced fumble.
  • Maika Kaufusi (@KaufusiMaika, S). Alta HS (Sandy, Utah, 4-4) fell to Lehi 49-14.  Kaufusi had four receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown, with four tackles (two solo) and a pass defended.
  • Season totals: Three games, 15 receptions for 372 yards and eight touchdowns, 16 tackles (eight solo), two passes defended, on forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.  Kaufusi is currently no. 4 in the state in receiving yards per game (124), no. 11 in receiving touchdowns, and no. 1 in touchdowns per game.
  • Parker Kingston (QB). Roy HS (Ogden, Utah, 5-3) defeated Cyprus 31-20. Kingston was 11-for-16 passing for 108 yards and a touchdown, rushed 18 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns, and punted two times for 48 yards. Season totals: eight games, 60-of-99 passing for 796 yards and six touchdowns (two interceptions), 88 carries for 785 yards and 12 touchdowns, three kickoff returns for 156 yards and one touchdown, two punt returns for four yards, five tackles (four solo), one pass defended, five punts for 172 yards.Kingston is no. 5 in the state of Utah for rushing touchdowns (12) and no. 6 in yards per carry 8.9 (min of 50 carries).
  • Liutai Kinikini (LB). West HS (Salt Lake City, Utah, 5-1) had a bye this week.  They will face Kearns on the road on October 8. Season totals: Six games, 17 tackles (eight solo), two passes defended.
  • Noah Moeaki (@noah_moeaki, TE/OLB). American Fork HS (American Fork, Utah, 5-2) defeated Pleasant Grove 5-2. Stats not yet recorded. Season totals: through first six games, 18 receptions for 269 yards and five touchdowns, 36 tackles (17 solo), two tackles for loss, one sack, and an interception.
  • Trevin Ostler (@OstlerTrevin, ATH). Bountiful HS (Bountiful, Utah, 5-2) defeated Viewmont 45-7. He is playing multiple positions (on offense and defense) each game. Stats not yet recorded. Season totals: through first five games, 16 tackles (five solo), one pass defended, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks.
  • Cooper Ross (@CooperJRoss, TE). Heritage Academy (Mesa, Arizona, 4-0) defeated Prep Superstition 44-6.  Ross had three receptions for 160 receiving yards with two touchdowns, four passes defended, one blocked punt, and a sack. Season totals: one game, 19 receptions for 294 yards, six touchdowns, two two-point conversions, four tackles, one tackle for loss, two sacks, one 15-yard fumble recovery for touchdown.
  • Vae Soifua (@vae_soifua, OL). Orem HS (Orem, Utah, 4-4) lost to Alta 48-23. Soifua didn’t record any stats. Season totals: Eight games, two tackles (two solo), one sack, one forced fumble.
  • Talin Togiai (@TogiaiTalin, OT/DT). Rigby HS (Rigby, ID, 6-0) defeated Idaho Falls to remain the no. 1 ranked team in Idaho.  Togiai recorded no stats.  Season totals: Six games, no stats.
  • Micah Wilson (@Micah_Wilson11, LB). Corner Canyon HS (Draper, Utah, 8-0) defeated Westlake 56-0. Wilson four tackles (three solo), a quarterback hurry, and a half sack.  Corner Canyon is currently ranked no. 14 nationally by Max Preps. Season totals: Eight games, 42 tackles (25 solo), three tackles for loss, seven quarterback hurries, 1.5 sack, and one interception for 27 yards and a touchdown.

Class of 2023 Commits (1)

  • Pokai Haunga (@PokaiauaHaunga, WR). Timpview HS (Orem, Utah, 6-2) defeated Orem 43-13.  Haunga had four receptions for 53 yards.  Season totals: Eight games, 14 rushes for 144 yards, 49 receptions for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns, one kick return for 30 yards. Haunga is currently no. 4 in the state of Utah for receiving yards and receiving touchdowns

Class of 2024 Commits (1)

  • Easton Baker (@BakerEaston, LB). Stansbury HS (Tooele, Utah, 6-2) defeated Mountain View 52-14. Baker had 10 tackles, two forced fumbles, one pass breakup, and one sack.  He also had a rushing touchdown on offense.  Season totals: four games, 70 tackles, seven sacks, four quarterback hurries, one pass breakup, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovered for a 45 yard touchdown.  Four carries on offense for 10 yards and a touchdown, and one reception for 11 yards.

Week 8 and Mid-Season Highlights

Easton Baker (LB, Stansbury HS)


Cannon DeVries (WR/FS, Weber HS)


Peter Falaniko (OL, Pine View HS)

Cody Hagen (WR, Corner Canyon HS)


Maika Kaufusi (WR/S, Alta HS)

Parker Kingston (QB, Roy HS)


Noah Moeaki (TE/LB, American Fork HS)

Vae Soifua (OL, Orem HS)

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