Colorado State added some much-needed depth to its secondary Thursday when Utah graduate transfer safety Jordan Fogal announced on Twitter that he’ll be joining the Rams in 2017.
Fogal, who graduated from Utah in December, will be eligible to play right away this fall. He is expected to have two seasons of eligibility remaining, provided he receives an NCAA waiver for a sixth year of eligibility after missing all of one season and the final 10 games of another with torn ACLs.
After missing nearly the entire 2015 season with a knee injury, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Fogal played in eight games for Utah last fall, recording 20 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble while playing in eight games and starting two.
Fogal came to Utah from San Mateo Community College, where he recorded 32 tackles and intercepted three passes there as a freshman in 2013. As a sophomore, Fogal tore his ACL two days before the 2014 season started, forcing him to miss the entire season. Fogal initially walked on to the team Utah before later earning a scholarship.
The addition of Fogal is a big one for CSU’s secondary, which rotated just four safeties during spring practices, including two walk-ons. Junior Braylin Scott, a starter last year, sat out the spring while recovering from wrist surgery and has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Mike Bobo after allegedly stealing $20,000 worth of jewelry from former teammate Hunter Donnelly’s dorm room. Scott was arrested May 10 on three felony charges and is due in court again June 5.
CSU returns just four safeties in 2017, seniors Jake Schlager, Justin Sweet and Houston Haynes, as well as sophomore Jamal Hicks, meaning Fogal will have a chance to compete for the starting free safety spot opposite Schlager next season.