It's worth celebrating whenever any high-school athlete receives a college scholarship, but some stars are brighter than others. Here are 21 of the biggest "blue chip" recruits to come out of Utah high schools in the past year. Check out where they're going...and why you'll be hearing their names again soon. Related: High school sports: Nearly 600 athletes taking talents to college on scholarship

Quincy Bair, American Fork

Sport: Men's basketball

Scholarship to: Utah State

Player profile

Highlights:

-- Named to 5A All-State team twice

-- Averaged 13 points and 4 rebounds per game as a senior

-- Scored 25 points with 12 rebounds vs. Sierra Vista, Nev. in 2010


Natalie Bennion, Skyline

Sport: Swimming

Scholarship to: BYU

Highlights:

-- Won state titles in 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay

-- Helped Skyline win state 5A title

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Marcel Davis, American Fork

Sport: Men's basketball

Scholarship to: Utah State

Player profile

Highlights:

-- Named to 2012 5A All-State first team

-- Averaged 10.5 ppg, 5.7 apg, 4.1 rpg as a senior

-- Tallied 13 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in a 2012 win over Syracuse

Brandon Fanaika, Pleasant Grove

Sport: Football

Scholarship to: Stanford

Player profile

Highlights:

-- 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive lineman

-- Named to 5A All-State first team

-- Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com

Ali Forsberg, Viewmont

Sport: Women's soccer

Scholarship to: Utah

Player profile

Highlights:

-- Named Deseret News 5A MVP

-- Scored 28 goals as a senior

-- Scored 6 goals in one game in 2011 win vs. Kearns

Chase Hansen, Lone Peak

Sport: Football

Scholarship to: Utah

Player profile

Highlights:

-- Named 2012 Deseret News Mr. Football

-- Named to Parade All-American team

-- Threw for 3066 yards and 38 TDs and ran for 1404 yards and 16 TDs as a senior

Troy Hinds, Davis

Sport: Football

Scholarship to: BYU

Player profile

Highlights:

-- Named to 5A All-State first team

-- Named to ESPN RISE junior All-American third team

-- 66 tackles, 9.5 sacks as a senior

Jordan Loveridge, West Jordan

Sport: Men's basketball

Scholarship to: Utah

Player profile

Highlights:

-- Named 2012 Deseret News Mr. Basketball

-- Averaged 14.6 points per game at West Jordan

-- Scored a career-high 40 points in a win over Cottonwood in 2010

Brittney Martin, Syracuse

Sport: Women's basketball

Scholarship to: Oklahoma State

Player profile

Highlights:

-- First player to win Deseret News Ms. Basketball award twice

-- Named Utah's Gatorade Player of the Year

-- Averaged 18.9 points per game as a senior

Makenzi Morrison, Alta

Sport: Women's basketball

Scholarship to: BYU

Player profile

Highlights:

-- Named Deseret News 5A girls basketball MVP twice

-- Career averages of 19.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.7 steals per game

-- Dropped 34 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in a 2012 win over West Jordan

Michele Murphy, Alta

Sport: Women's soccer

Scholarship to: BYU

Player profile

Highlights:

-- 2011 Deseret News Ms. Soccer

-- Scored 38 goals in 20 games as a senior

-- Scored game winner vs. Viewmont in 5A state championship game

Brad Nye, Davis

Sport: Track/cross country

Scholarship to: BYU

Highlights:

-- Won mile race at New Balance indoor national meet with a time of 4:08.67

-- Posted a state 800-meter record with a time of 1:51.89

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Ciara Parker, Snow Canyon

Sport: Women's volleyball

Scholarship to: BYU

Highlights:

-- 2011 Utah ESPN/Gatorade Player of the Year

-- 2011 Deseret News 3A MVP (won award four times)

-- Won three state championships with Snow Canyon

John Pearce, Timpview

Sport: Men's tennis

Scholarship to: BYU

Highlights:

-- Won three consecutive state first singles titles

-- Helped Timpview to two consecutive state team championships

Kayden Porter, Spanish Fork

Sport: Baseball

Scholarship to: North Carolina

Player profile

Highlights:

-- 2011 Deseret News Mr. Baseball

-- 2012 3A All-State first team

-- Batted .570 with 14 HRs and 50 RBIs as a junior, also 15-2 as a starting pitcher

Natalie Shields, East

Sport: Track/cross country

Scholarship to: BYU

Highlights:

-- Broke state record in 3200 meters at 2012 BYU Invitational

-- Finished second in state 1600 meters

-- Won 3200 meters at 2012 Simplot Games

Samantha Staker, Taylorsville

Sport: Women's volleyball

Scholarship to: BYU

Highlights:

-- Named to 5A All-State first team

-- Averaged 5.7 kills per game, 10 digs per match

-- Led Taylorsville to 5A third-place finish in 2011

Cale Strong, Wasatch

Sport: Track/Cross-country

Scholarship to: Stanford

Highlights:

-- Won 2011 3A state championships in 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles

-- Won three events at 2012 Pine View Invitational

-- Also averaged 8.8 points per game for Wasatch boys basketball team

Ashleigh Warner, Mountain View

Sport: Track/Cross country

Scholarship to: BYU

Highlights:

-- Won 4A 1600-meters title; previously set state record with a time of 4:50.13

-- Helped Mountain View to 4A cross country championship

-- Also averaged 13.7 points per game for Mountain View girls basketball team; named 4A All-State honorable mention

Connor Williams, Bingham

Sport: Baseball

Scholarship to: Utah

Player profile

Highlights:

-- Named to 5A All-State first team

-- Went 7-1 as a starting pitcher his senior year

-- Also hit .390 with 26 RBIs playing OF

Clayton Young, American Fork

Sport: Track/Cross-country

Scholarship to: BYU

Highlights:

-- 2010 5A state champion, MVP

-- Finished third at Nike Regional Cross-Country Meet

-- Ran at Nationals three times