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Top 2025 DL Iose Epenesa Sets Official Visit Date to Utah

NCAA Football: Southern Utah at Utah

Kyle Whittingham and the Utah Utes received some great news on Saturday morning with the update of 2025 four-star defensive lineman Iose Epenesa penning an official visit to Salt Lake City.

Epenesa announced that he would be taking five official visits over the next few months to Penn State, Missouri, Iowa, Utah, and Miami.


Coming out of Edwardsville High School in the Class of 2025, Epenesa is listed as a four-star prospect by the 247Sports index and the nation’s 20th-ranked player. He also checks in as the third-ranked player at his position and the top-ranked player in the state of Illinois.

To say that Football runs in the Epenesa family might be an understatement, as Iose’s older brother, A.J., is a defensive end on the Buffalo Bills roster and is coming off of his best season as a pro with 6.5 sacks.

247Sports Scouting Analyst Gabe Brooks evaluated the Illinois native, saying, “Potentially role-and scheme-versatile defensive lineman with impressive functional athleticism and a hot motor. Elite throws athlete whose immense shot put and discus power manifests in point-of-attack punch and hand violence. Flashes an anvil of an inside hand as an edge rusher. Looks like one of the top front-line defensive prospects in the 2025 recruiting cycle. Projects as an impact high-major defensive stalwart who could become an early-round NFL Draft candidate.”

While the Utes will have to compete with some impressive programs to land Epenesa’s services, the news of an official visit is a great thing to get excited about.

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