On the Recruiting Trail: Utah

The Sugar Bowl win in the 2008 seasn can be traced back to the 2004 season when Utah also went undefeated and won a BCS bowl game.  The benefits of winning the Fiesta Bowl  would take a few years to show, and it did last year with the 13-0 season.  The Sugar Bowl win may not sway top notch recruits this year, but it should turn more high profile recruits to Utah and it gives the Utes a chance to compete with any school in the West, with exception of USC.  However, still being in the Mountain West has its draw backs, because the Utes or anyone in this league is guaranteed at the big boy table in the BCS.

This year alone Utah has swayed quarterback Jordan Wynn who verbally committed Colorado to Utah, they have signed the number rated junior college player in the nation in James Aiono, also the Utes are close to signing two ESPNU top 150 prospects.  The Utah class is looking to be one of the strongest in years, and soon the Utes will try to not dip after a very successful year.  Back in  2005 the Utes still went to a bowl game but were 8-5, with the recent success Utah will want to contend every year for a conference title and a BCS run.

Verbal commits

Kapua Sai Player Has Film OG 6-5 322 Saint Louis School (HI) OG #13
Siosaia Tuipulotu DT 6-2 285 Trinity H.S. (TX) DT #40
Percy Taumoelau Player Has Film OT 6-5 305 Cottonwood H.S. (UT) OT #51
Jordan Wynn Player Has Film QB 6-2 175 Oceanside H.S. (CA) QB #41
Chris Washington S 6-2 195 Northridge H.S. (UT) S #93
Latu Heimuli Player Has Film DT 6-3 296 Highland H.S. (UT) DT #58
L.T. Filiaga Player Has Film ILB 5-11 231 Bingham H.S. (UT) ILB #39
Jarrad Stewart Player Has Film S 5-10 176 Pearland H.S. (TX) S #148
Vyncent Jones Player Has Film OG 6-4 285 Jordan H.S. (UT) OG #135
Beau Burton Player Has Film RB 5-11 204 Saguaro H.S. (AZ) RB #135
Eric Dago OLB 6-3 210 Westside H.S. (TX) OLB #129
Jeremiah Tofaeono Player Has Film OG 6-5 320 Cheyenne H.S. (NV) OG #182
Colby Goodwin Player Has Film TE 6-5 202 Cy-Fair H.S. (TX) TE #108
Craig Payne DT 6-4 287 Ontario H.S. (CA)
C.J. Porter WR 6-0 180 Concord H.S. (CA)
Jamal Smith WR 6-2 180 Oxnard H.S. (CA)
Victor Spikes S 6-1 195 Marshall H.S. (TX)
Jason Whittingham ILB 6-2 220 Timpview H.S. (UT)
James Aiono DE 6-2 270 Ephraim , UT Snow College
Conroy Black CB 6-1 180 Miramar, FL Fullerton College
Ray Magee WR 6-3 220 Valencia, CA Fullerton College
Antoine Smithson WR 6-2 210 Baltimore, MD East Los Angeles College

Signed

Terrance Cain QB 6-1 190 Houston, TX Blinn College
Maxwell Lacy CB 6-3 210 Los Angeles, CA Compton Community College
Kamaron Yancy CB 5-11 190 Los Angeles, CA Pierce College

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