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Red and Blue recruits: BYU’s 4-star tight end commit just broke a record set by an NFL Pro Bowler

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BYU tight end commit Jackson Bowers, a senior at Mountain View High in Arizona, broke his high school’s record for career catches by a tight end, passing former NFL Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap.

BYU tight end commit Jackson Bowers, a senior at Mountain View High in Arizona, broke his high school’s record for career catches by a tight end, passing former NFL Pro Bowl tight end Todd Heap.

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Editor’s note: Every week during the 2022 high school football season, Red and Blue Recruits will report on significant performances or storylines in Utah high school football recruiting.

The immediate future of BYU’s tight end position has questions with the news about junior Dallin Holker planning to transfer.

The future at tight end, though, continues to look bright with the program’s top commit in its 2023 recruiting class, Jackson Bowers.

The four-star prospect out of Arizona had another solid game last week in Mountain View’s 34-29 loss to Desert Mountain and broke a school record previously set by a former NFL Pro Bowl tight end.

Bowers caught six passes for 44 yards in the game, and his fifth catch moved him past Todd Heap for the most career catches by a tight end in Mountain View history, according to Zach Alvira of The East Valley Tribune.

Heap had 87 in his prep career in the late 1990s, per Alvira.

“Right now, in the moment, I don’t really know. I’ll probably get home tonight and it will really sink in,” Bowers told Alvira of breaking the record. “But this is something great. It’s something I’ve been working toward my whole life, and to be able to accomplish it, it’s awesome. I just want to keep setting records here.”

Bowers also had a key block on the Toros’ first touchdown of the night.

Here’s a look at how other commits to Utah, BYU and Utah State fared during last week’s play.


BYU commit performances from the past week

2023 commits

Leo Pulalasi, ATH, Lakes (Washington): Pulalasi scored three touchdowns — two rushing, one receiving — and had seven carries for 45 yards and two receptions for 90 yards in Lakes’ 33-14 win over Bonney Lake, per Max Preps

He also had 10 tackles, a tackle for loss, an interception and a pass deflection on defense and blocked a field goal and served as the team’s punter on special teams.

  • Owen Borg, LB, Corner Canyon: W, 35-14 over American Fork. Borg had 12 tackles.
  • Ryder Burton, QB, Springville: W, 18-14 over Provo. Burton completed 6 of 19 passes for 62 yards and an interception.
  • Landen Chambers, RB, Fossil Ridge (Texas): L, 55-15 at Byron Nelson. No stats recorded.
  • Saimone Davis, TE, Colleyville Heritage (Texas): Colleyville Heritage did not play last week.
  • Siale Esera, EDGE, Timpview: W, 42-14 over Alta. Esera had five tackles, per Max Preps.
  • Matthew Fredrick, TE, East: W, 29-7 over Olympus. No stats recorded.
  • Miles Hall, ATH, Skyline: L, 41-23 to Brighton. Hall made contributions on both offense and defense, finishing with six catches for 53 yards to go with eight tackles and an interception.
  • Andrew Heinig, DL, Glenpool (Oklahoma): W, 48-20 over Fort Gibson. No stats recorded.
  • Pokaiaua Haunga, ATH, Timpview: W, 42-14 over Alta. No stats recorded.
  • Josiah Phillips, WR, Sierra Canyon (California): W, 49-6 over Westlake. No stats recorded.
  • Stanley Raass, DL, Kahuku (Hawaii): L, 34-7 to St. John Bosco (California). Raass had 3.5 tackles, per Scoring Live.
  • Ethan Thomason, OT, Rocky Mountain (Colorado): L, 21-3 to Eaglecrest. No stats recorded.
  • Pierson Watson, LB, Coconino (Arizona): L, 27-21 to Arcadia. On offense, Watson had two receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown, per Max Preps. Defensively, he added six tackles, one sack and a tackle for loss.

2024 commits

  • Easton Baker, ATH, Stansbury: W, 34-0 over Tooele. Baker had a team-high nine tackles and two sacks.
  • Chance Harrison, ATH, Rio Mesa (California): W, 49-0 over Channel Islands. Harrison had a 46-yard kickoff return, two tackles and two pass deflections, per Max Preps.
  • Dallin Johnson, DL, Springville: W, 18-14 over Provo. Johnson had eight tackles and 1.5 sacks.
  • Adney Reid, LB, Spanish Fork: W, 17-14 over Salem Hills. Reid currently lives in Australia where his father is a mission president, per BYU Insider.

Utah commit performances from the past week

2023 commits

Mateaki Helu, ATH, Stansbury: Helu was impactful on both sides of the ball in Stansbury’s 34-0 win over Tooele

He rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries while adding a 21-yard reception on offense. 

Hele also had eight tackles and two sacks on defense. 

Helu has rushed for 733 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. 

  • Roger Alderman, OT, Sonora (California): W, 63-12 over West. No stats recorded.
  • CJ Blocker, CB, New Caney (Texas): W, 14-7 over The Woodlands. Blocker had one tackle and a pass deflection, per Max Preps.
  • Kainoa Carvalho, WR, Kahuku (Hawaii): L, 34-7 to St. John Bosco (California). Carvalho had 10 receptions for 108 yards, two kickoff returns for 20 yards and completed a 5-yard pass, per Scoring Live.
  • Owen Chambliss, LB, Centennial (California): W, 58-15 over Temecula Valley. Chambliss contributed in several defensive categories, finishing with an interception, two tackles, one tackle for loss, one QB hurry and a pass deflection, per Max Preps.
  • Brock Fonoimoana, S, Kahuku (Hawaii): L, 34-7 to St. John Bosco (California). Fonoimoana had four tackles and an interception, per Scoring Live.
  • Randon Fontenette, S, Brazosport (Texas): L, 49-20 to Silsbee. Fontenette completed 9 of 25 passes for 197 yards and two interceptions while also finishing with 18 carries for 104 yards  and two touchdowns, per Max Preps.  
  • Johnathan Hall, LB, Katy (Texas): W, 41-20 over Morton Ranch. No stats recorded. 
  • Mack Howard, QB, Oxford (Mississippi): W, 43-19 over Lafayette. No stats recorded.
  • Jo’Laison Landry, DL, C.E. King (Texas): C.E. King did not play last week.
  • Michael Mitchell, RB, Middleburg (Florida): L, 35-20 to Ponte Vedra. Mitchell had 15 carries for 86 yards and two receptions for 77 yards, per Max Preps.
  • Dijon Stanley, ATH, Granada Hills (California): L, 37-22 to Eagle Rock. Stanley had 23 carries for 191 yards and two touchdowns on offense, while also throwing an incomplete pass, per Max Preps. He also had four tackles on defense, was the team’s punter and had a 24-yard kickoff return and 13-yard punt return.
  • Carlos Wilson, ATH, Inderkum (California): L, 14-7 to Yuba City. No stats recorded.

2024 commit

  • Kobe Boykin, ATH, Orange (California): W, 56-0 over Saddleback. Boykin totaled a team-high 158 yards of offense and two touchdowns, on four carries for 94 yards and a touchdown, as well as a 64-yard touchdown reception, per Max Preps

Utah State commit performances from the past week

2023 commits

Jaydon Bailey, RB, Steele (Texas): Bailey had a standout game in Steele’s 35-28 victory over Midland Legacy.

He had 28 carries for 165 yards and scored four touchdowns while adding one reception for 4 yards in the overtime win, per Max Preps.

  • Keith Abney, WR, Waxahachie (Texas): W, 51-21 over Cedar Hill. Abney made plays in all three aspects, finishing with three receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown, per Max Preps. On defense, he had a tackle and fumble recovery, which he returned 80 yards, while adding a 33-yard punt return on special teams.
  • McCae Hillstead, QB, Skyridge: W, 62-6 over Westlake. Hillstead missed the win after spraining his ankle early in their game the previous week.
  • Jackson Olsen, WR, Ridgeline: L, 30-6 to Sky View. Olsen shared on Aug. 31 he is out for the season with an injury, per his Twitter account.