2023 players not returning: Chandler Dolphin (Graduation)
2023 post-spring ball attrition: None
Returning players: Falepule Alo, Kingsely Holliday, Elia Migao
New Faces in 2023:
Jarvis Griffiths 6’3″ 285 (NR) – American Fork HS, UT – (Preferred Walk-on)
2022 (Sr.) Stats: Started all 12 games on the offensive line
2021 (Jr.) Stats: Started all 11 games on the offensive line
2020 (So.) Stats: Played in all 12 games on the offensive line
Offers from: None
Primary Recruiter: DJ Tialavea
Regarding the NCAA-mandated eligibility freeze from the 2020 season, what I’ve learned is the player’s eligibility will continue to accrue. Once the player reaches his 4th or 5th season, depending on if the player uses a redshirt season, the player will have the option to return to school for a 5th or 6th season and continue playing one more season. The player will then move from being listed as a senior (Sr.) to a graduate senior (Gr-Sr.)
My expectation is for senior Falepule Alo to start at this position in 2023. Due to the COVID NCAA eligibility extension, Alo has one more season of eligibility beyond 2023 remaining. As a junior in 2022, Alo saw action in 12 games and graded out at 81%. As a sophomore in 2021, he battled an injury most of the year but was still healthy enough to play in 5 games with 3 starts and grading out at 78% As a true freshman in 2020, he saw action in 5 games with 4 starts. As a senior at West High (UT) in 2019, Alo earned first-team all-region honors as he helped West to a 4-6 record in Utah’s largest classification of 6-A. He has been a benefactor in getting into a collegiate strength and conditioning program. He has had the opportunity to learn from a veteran Utah State offensive line and that has contributed to his rapid growth and development. Alo is a monster up front on the offensive line. He does a good job of gaining leverage on an opposing defensive lineman and driving him from the line of scrimmage. He has a powerful punch and his first step is fast off the ball. He can get under an opposing player and drive them back. He enjoys demoralizing opposing players by leveling them with vicious pancake blocks.
Competing to move up the depth chart is sophomore Elia Migao. As a redshirt freshman in 2022, Migao saw action in 12 games. Migao joined the Aggies just prior to fall camp and spent his 2021 true freshman season as a redshirt while participating on the Aggie practice squad. Before joining the Aggies, Migao was a key cog at Chaparral High (CA), as he helped the offense pave the way to an average of 263.4 yards on the ground his senior season. He was a two-time all-state offensive lineman and was named Southwestern League Lineman of the Year following his senior season. He is deceptively nimble and he moves well on pulls and on screens where most kids his size trip over their own feet. He has Above-average athleticism and an extremely strong lower body. His footwork is beyond what most kids his age possess. He can maintain a consistent pad level at the line of scrimmage. He is good at keeping his hands inside and once he is engaged with a defender his typically dominant and finishes his blocking assignment. He has the chance to play sooner rather than later leaning on his strength and ability to finish.
Adding depth to the position is preferred walk-on junior Kingsley Holliday. Holliday spent his 2022 sophomore season participating on the Aggie practice squad. As a redshirt freshman at Snow Junior College (UT) in 2021, Holliday was a starter in all 9 games for the Badger. Holliday spent his 2020 true freshman season as a redshirt while participating on the practice squad at Southern Utah University. Holliday does a good job of engaging an opposing defender and staying engaged. He is mobile enough to get out into space while pulling and connecting with opposing linebackers. He blasts out of his stance to create running room in short-yardage situations.
Adding depth to the position is preferred walk-on true freshman Jarvis Griffiths. As a senior at American Fork High (UT) in 2022, he started all 12 games on the offensive line. As a junior in 2021, he also started all 11 games on the offensive line. As a sophomore in 2020, he got his first taste of varsity action by playing in all 12 games on the offensive line. Griffiths is a steady center, with his snaps rarely off target. He is nimble enough that he is frequently used to pull and is comfortable going to his left or right. Once he snaps the ball, he explodes into his blocks, often driving opposing players into the ground. He uses his smaller stature to his advantage by leveraging his opponent and driving them backward.
PROJECTED 2023 PRESEASON DEPTH CHART
52 Falepule Alo (6-2, 285, Sr*., 2L, 3*)
73 Elia Migao (6-2, 330, So., 1L, 3*)
68 Kingsley Holliday (6-2, 295, Jr., SQ, NR)
00 Jarvis Griffiths (6-3, 285, Fr., HS, NR)
Coming Up On Monday: Quarterback