It appears wide receiver Ajana Carter will not be the only player from his high school to join Utah State’s football program.
That’s because Upton Stout, Carter’s former teammate at North Shore (Texas) High School, has verbally committed to the Aggies. The soon-to-be senior cornerback announced his decision Thursday evening on Twitter.
“Blessed to be in this position,” Stout posted. “Friends, and Coaches i want to say thank you for my coaches that kept pushing me this is just the beginning of a long chapter. With that being said im extremely Blessed to announce that i am commited to The Utah State University. #Aggieup #Fearthebull!!”
Stout and Carter helped lead North Shore to the Texas 6A state title last season and a perfect 16-0 record. Carter, who is part of USU’s 2019 recruiting class, hauled in a stunning 45-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass in the waning seconds of North Shore’s 41-36 victory over then-undefeated Duncanville in the 6A state championship game.
Stout was a first-team all-district selection as a junior for the Mustangs.
The Houston native is one of three players who have pledged their commitment to the Aggies in the past two days. Fellow class of 2020 recruits Yaro Duvalko and Isaiah Afatasi announced their decisions Wednesday night on Twitter.
Stout, who returned an interception 49 yards to the house against Katy in the regional semifinals, was offered a scholarship by USU in January — his first offer. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder had FBS offers from several programs, including Mountain West schools Wyoming and New Mexico.
In addition to playing football, Stout also competes on North Shore’s track & field program and is a good hurdler.
Afatasi, a first-team all-state selection, shined on both sides of the ball as a junior at Kearns High. For starters, the 5-11, 165-pounder rushed for 922 yards and 14 touchdowns on 115 attempts. He also snared 20 receptions for 175 yards and one TD. Additionally, Afatasi racked up 82 tackles and intercepted six passes — all in different games — as a defensive back for the 6A Cougars.
The Salt Lake City native was a weapon on special teams, to boot, as he blocked at least three kicks and returned a punt 69 yards to paydirt. Afatasi, who showcased his versatility by tossing a 46-yard TD pass against Cyprus, also has a scholarship offer from Hawaii.
Jeffrey Bassa, Afatasi’s teammate at Kearns, has a scholarship offer to Utah State as well. Bassa still has two years of high school remaining.
Afatasi, who was a 3-star recruit before committing to the Aggies — he has since been dropped to 2 stars — also plays basketball for the Cougars and competes on their track & field team.
“First off I would like to thank my Heavenly Father for always keeping me in mind and for all of the support I have got from Friends and Family, Coaches, Players, and everyone who fits the description,” Afatasi posted on Twitter. “With this being said I am 100% committed to UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY. #AGGIEUPPPP.”
Like Afatasi, Duvalko impressed as a prep junior. The 6-3, 185-pound quarterback threw for 2,755 yards and 26 TDs for Skyview (Washington) High.
The native of Salmon Creek had 316 yards passing and a trio of TDs in a 34-21 setback to second-ranked Woodinville in the 4A state playoffs. The 3-star recruit garnered first-team all-district honors and is the highest rated class of 2020 signal caller in Washington, according to 247sports.com.
Duvalko was at USU’s camp last week and was offered a scholarship by the Aggies earlier this month.
“Commited to THE UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY,” Duvalko posted on Twitter. “#GoAggies #BleedBlue Rest Easy Baker Boy.”