2022 players not returning: Saco Alofipo (Transferred to New Mexico Military Institute), Gurvan Hall (Graduation), Crew Wakley (Transferred to byu)
2023 post-spring ball attrition: Jett Solomon (Transfer Portal)
Returning players: Isaac Larsen
New Faces in 2023:
Simeon Harris 6’0″ 175 (247 3*) – University of Colorado – (4 years to play 3)
2022 (Fr.) Stats: 21 tackles at University of Colorado
Offers from: Ball St, Nevada, Northern Arizona, Southern Illinois, Tennessee-Martin, UC-Davis
Primary Recruiter: Mitch White
Titan Saxton 5’11” 162 (NR) – Sky View HS, UT – (Preferred Walk-on)
2020 (Sr.) Stats: 56 tackles 2 INTs; 22 receptions 252 yards 7 TDs
2019 (Jr.) Stats: 35 tackles 2 INTs; 1 reception 1 yard 1 TD
2018 (So.) Stats: 15 tackles 2 pass breakups
Offers from: Weber St (Preferred Walk-on)
Primary Recruiter: DJ Tialavea
Teeg Slone 6’0″ 185 (247 2*) – American River CC, CA – (4 years to play 3)
2022 (Fr.) Stats: 39 tackles 1.0 tackles-for-loss 2 INTs 5 pass breakups 1 forced fumble
Offers from: Valparaiso
Regarding the NCAA-mandated eligibility freeze from the 2020 season, I’ve learned 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.)
Sophomore Isaac (Ike) Larsen is looking to build on a solid 2022 calendar year. As a redshirt freshman in 2022, Larsen played in 11 games with 4 starts and totaled 34 tackles, 3.0 tackles-for-loss, 2.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 2 pass breakups, and 3 blocked punts. For his effort, Larsen earned Mountain West Conference second-team honors. As a true freshman in 2021, Larsen saw action in 2 games and did not record any stats but was able to maintain his redshirt status. As a senior at Sky View High (UT) in 2020, he totaled 36 tackles and 3 interceptions. For his effort, he earned all-state and all-region honors along with winning the Utah 4-A state title. As a junior at Logan High (UT) in 2019, he racked up 62 tackles, 1.0 tackles-for-loss, 7 interceptions returning one for a touchdown, 7 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and another touchdown. As a sophomore in 2018, he tallied 42 tackles, 5 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and another touchdown. Larsen is an athletic two-way player who makes big plays on both sides of the ball. He analyzes plays quickly and flocks to the ball in a hurry. He is a big hitter in the open field and comes in and out of his backpedal smoothly. His time as a wide receiver will be an advantage for him. He also has a ball hawk mentality and a physical nature. He is an extremely aggressive tackler. Larsen is developing into a very good college player.
Sophomore transfer Simeon Harris is plenty talented enough to see the field in several different positions. For the time being, I’ve placed him at free safety. Harris began his collegiate career at the University of Colorado and he will have 4 years to complete his final 3 seasons of eligibility. Harris chose the Aggies over offers from Ball State, Nevada, Northern Arizona, Southern Illinois, Tennessee-Martin, and UC-Davis. As a true freshman at Colorado in 2022, Harris recorded 21 tackles. Harris is a VERY versatile player. He can play safety, cornerback, or nickel. He has a really long wingspan. He has great speed and that allows him to cover ground quickly, especially in defense of the deep ball. He is surprisingly explosive and he can get from the hash to the sideline in a hurry. He has a very competitive mentality and when paired with his tremendous football IQ, will make him a very reliable defensive back for the Aggies.
Battling hard to get into the rotation is sophomore Teeg Slone. Slone chose to become an Aggie over an offer from Valparaiso. Slone joined the Aggies in time for spring ball after beginning his collegiate career in the junior college ranks. He will have 4 years to complete his final 3 seasons of eligibility. As a true freshman at American River Community College (CA) in 2022, he totaled 39 tackles, 1.0 tackle-for-loss, 2 interceptions, 5 pass breakups, and 1 forced fumble. Slone has an older brother Cian who has also joined the Aggies. Slone does a good job of reading the eyes of the quarterback. He doesn’t get fooled by double moves from opposing wide receivers. When he tackles he tackles with power and makes sure the opposing ball carrier does not fall forward. He breaks well on the ball and is difficult to complete a pass on. He plays with the intelligence and technique of a much older player.
Adding depth to the position will be true freshman Titan Saxton. Saxton joined the Aggies in time for summer workouts after serving an LDS Church mission. He chose the Aggies over a preferred walk-on offer from Weber State. As a senior at local Sky View Hight (UT) in 2020, Saxton totaled 56 tackles and 2 interceptions. As a junior in 2019, he picked up 35 tackles and 2 interceptions. As a sophomore in 2018, he recorded 15 tackles and 2 pass breakups. Saxton does a good job of initially diagnosing plays. He isn’t afraid to mix it up in run support, often taking on offensive players much bigger than him. He is plenty fast to provide solid zone coverage and can take deep thirds or halves with ease. He spent time on the offensive side of the ball as well, and that helped develop his ball skills.
PROJECTED 2023 PRESEASON DEPTH CHART
6 Isaac Larsen (5-10, 185, So., 1L, 3*)
15 Simeon Harris (6-0, 185, So., TR, 3*)
34 Teeg Slone (6-0, 185, So., JC, 2*)
38 Titan Saxton (5-11, 165, Fr., HS, NR)
Coming Up On Friday: Strong Safety