The first day of the NCAA's early signing period at Corner Canyon High School, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Draper.

Sean Walker, KSL.com

Corner Canyon's Jackson Light explains why Oregon recruits so well in Utah (+top local signees)

By Sean Walker, KSL.com | Updated - Dec. 16, 2020 at 9:09 p.m. | Posted - Dec. 16, 2020 at 7:59 p.m.



DRAPER — As he sat in the gym at Corner Canyon High School where he's spent the past four years, Jackson Light just smiled as technical difficulties interrupted his National Signing Day moment.

Originally scheduled to formalize his earlier commitment at 10 a.m. MT, the Chargers' schoolwide signing ceremony was delayed as star quarterback Jaxson Dart had his mother hold his iPhone and livestream his decision to an ESPN2 broadcast. The four-star quarterback was choosing between Arizona State, BYU, UCLA and USC on Wednesday.

But Light didn't say anything. Not only is Dart a close friend and the signal-caller he defended en route to the Chargers' third-straight state title this year, but the day was also about Dart. He hadn't announced his decision before sliding off his jacket and revealing a USC sweatshirt underneath.

Wednesday was Dart's turn in the spotlight. Light, who committed earlier in the year, already had his opportunity when he committed on Oct. 17, 2019, to the Ducks over offers from BYU, Liberty, Missouri and Nebraska. And he was more than content with his choice, too, before he put pen to paper Wednesday morning on the first day of the NCAA early signing period.

"It's humbling," Light told KSL.com. "I'm so excited, blessed and just grateful to be able to get out there."

In addition to Light, the top-rated center in Utah and No. 3-overall recruit, two other top local prospects joined Mario Cristobal's squad in Eugene, Oregon. Top-rated tackle Kingsley Suamataia formalized his commitment to the Ducks by signing at a ceremony held in Orem, and Kearns star safety Jeffrey Bassa added his own signature to cap a 20-player class in the Pacific Northwest.

Immediately following the event, Suamataia was awarded with his jersey for the upcoming All-American Bowl, which will air Jan. 2 on NBC.

The trio will join former Orem linebacker Noah Sewell, Jordan High grad Spencer Curtis and former Skyridge lineman Logan Sagapolo as Utahns in Eugene — and immediately follow Penei Sewell, the Desert Hills graduate who became the first Utahn to win the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman in college football, since 1989 before declaring for the NFL draft this fall.

The Ducks have built a power in recruiting from far outside its Pacific Northwest footprint, a national brand that has attracted from all over. But the impact on the Beehive State has been striking. The Utah trio heading to Oregon is as many as many schools around the country, and even fellow Pac-12 rival Utah (five Utahns signed in 2020), and BYU (six Utahns).

There's something appealing about Oregon to Utah high school football players.

Oregon-bound center Jackson Light, middle, with Corner Canyon teammates after signing a letter of intent to play football for the Ducks, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Draper, Utah.
Oregon-bound center Jackson Light, middle, with Corner Canyon teammates after signing a letter of intent to play football for the Ducks, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Draper, Utah. (Photo: Sean Walker, KSL.com)

"I think it's appealing to everybody in the nation, honestly," Light said. "Oregon recruits just like family. We've had the best recruiting class in the Pac-12 the past 3-4 years, and we're going to keep that up. I think they're great people, great fans, and a great culture."

Success also keeps the pipeline running. The older Sewell is projected to be a top-10 pick, and who wouldn't want to follow in those footsteps? Naturally, Light would, and it definitely played into his decision-making as he committed to the Ducks after consulting with both Sewell brothers.

"I saw the pipeline of great linemen going to Oregon, and it's great," Light said.

Here's a list of other top Utah high school football players that delivered their formal pledge on Wednesday. KSL.com will update this list through the coming days with any additions, corrections or photos sent to onlinesports@ksl.com.

Alta

Lawrence Falatea, OLB, Washington State

Beaver

Jake Eichorn, OL, Weber State

Bingham

Viliami Po'uha, DL, Utah

Isaiah Glasker, DB, BYU

Corner Canyon

Austin Bell, RB, BYU (PWO)

Jaxson Dart, QB, USC

Noah Kjar, WR, Weber State

Jackson Light, OL, Oregon

Brennon Mangum, OL, Weber State (PWO)

Davis

David Spjut, WR, Southern Utah

Grantsville

Branson Yager, OT, Nebraska

East

Voi Tunuufi, DL, Washington

Ricky Wolfgramm, DL, BYU

Highland

Christian Hilborn, OT, Washington State

Marion Lotulelei, DT, Air Force

Hunter

Nathan Suaste, TE, Southern Utah

Kearns

Isaiah Afatasi, RB, Dixie State

Jeffrey Bassa, ATH, Oregon

Lehi

Trey Andersen, TE, Pitt

Logan

Jaylen Sargent, WR, Wyoming

Maple Mountain

Kyson Hall, WR, BYU

Aedan Seiuli, DB, Nevada

Morgan

Ryker Keele, OL, BYU (PWO)

Mountain Crest

Emilio Veater, ATH, Eastern Washington

Orem

Kingsley Suamatai'a, OL, Oregon

Devon Sa-Chisolm, WR, Southern Utah

Park City

Coco Lukrich, OG, Stanford

Seth Warner, CB, Davidson

Kirby Baynes, S, Claremonte McKenna (Calif.)

Troy Dela Vega, TE, Air Force

Pleasant Grove

Rex Connors, S, UC Davis

Porter Connors, OLB, UC Davis

Provo

Dallin Havea, LB, BYU

Ridgeline

Jovesa Damuni, RB, BYU

Sky View

Isaac Larsen, DB, Utah State

Bracken Schumann, ATH, Southern Utah (PWO)

Snow Canyon

Isaac Lees, DL, Dixie State

Timpview

Raider Damuni, DB, BYU

Logan Fano, OLB, BYU

Cael Richardson, LB, BYU (PWO)

Wasatch

Braxton Turner, DL, Georgetown

West

Omarion Fa'amoe, DE, Oregon State

Westlake

Brayden Perry, OL, Weber State

Daniel Taumoepeau, OLB, Eastern Washington

Related Links

Related Stories

Sean Walker

SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast