Former four-star Brighton High School star Sione Lund has announced today that he is transferring to the hometown Utah Utes. Lund, who was the No. 192 player in the 2017 recruiting class per the 247Sports Composite, headed to the Stanford Cardinal out of high school. He redshirted this season at Stanford and will enroll at Utah in January. He said in his announcement that he is coming to Utah “As I progress and continue to become healthier mentally and physically I have felt like being in Utah was the thing to do.”
The time is here... please respect my decision. Heavenly Father has a plan for everything.❤️ Go Utes pic.twitter.com/Lisq32DABI— Shone™ (@LundSione) November 29, 2017
There is speculation on what position that Lund will play at Utah. As a senior in high school, he was a dynamic running back, averaging over 16 yards per carry. He also was a weapon catching the ball out of the backfield. While Lund would certainly be a great running back, the Utah backfield is crowded with sophomores Zack Moss, who topped 1,000 yards rushing this year and Devonta’e Henry-Cole, and junior Armand Shyne. Another option might be linebacker for the 6’ 1”, 235 Lund. Utah could use talent and depth at linebacker with Kavika Luafatasaga and Sunia Tauteoli both graduating after this season. Lund will be a player to watch in spring football.
Lund is the second former four-star recruit who left the state to transfer back to Utah in the last two seasons along with quarterback Cooper Bateman, who played his final season at Utah after playing for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Hopefully, other highly-touted local prep players can learn from these players and realize that the grass is not always greener out of state.