Defensive Linemen (3-5)
He comes from the best program in the state at Bingham and was the star of arguably the best defensive line in high school state history. Needs to shed some bad weight and add more upper body strength making him a likely redshirt candidate. Is good friends with Harvey Langi. The biggest issue with Fauonuku making it to campus will likely be determined by how his legal troubles play out.(COMMITTED)
Robles has very good size and eventually end up as tight end, or even a jumbo linebacker down the line, although defensive end is the best fit right now. He's the brother of Utah quarterback Griff Robles. Will likely be taking a mission at some point.
Grant has an offer and comes from the same JC that produced current Ute right tackle John Cullen. He overpowers people now with his size and intensity, but needs work on his technique, mainly in stopping the run. (Offered)
Moala is one of the top players in the country and would be the biggest recruiting get in the history of Utah football. The Utes are trying to get him in for a visit, but he's not showing a ton of interest at the moment. If they can pull off a huge coup and get him for an official visit Coach Whitt should, as West Coast Recruiting Manager Brandon Huffman said, "sik Kalani Sitake all over him and make him commit." (Offered)
Olomua has great size and athleticism, but is still learning how to play the game. A project player, but has a huge upside. Distance might be a factor, and could jump at an Arizona or ASU offer if he gets one. (Offered)
Omoegbele has an interest in Utah and would love to come out for a visit, but the coaching staff probably won't extend that invitation until later in the process if other guys they are after go in another direction.
Others to Watch:
Bloomfield has very good size at about 6'2" 235 lbs, but isn't the speediest linebacker. May be a candidate to move to defensive end in the future. Very instinctual player.
Norris the most likely of the committed freshmen to come in and play right away, especially with the lack of depth at linebacker. He has tremendous instincts, sneaky athleticism and a great nose for the ball. Reminds me a lot of a bigger Brian Blechen. Utah fans are going to love how this kid plays. (COMMITTED)
Whillingham is an underrated prospect who has offers from all over. The Utes are trailing a few other Pac 12 schools at the moment. (Offered)
Yarbrough may be the toughest Utah prospect to read as he hasn't made any indication as to where he might go. (Offered)
Sorrels has picked up a lost of interest from the Utes in the past few weeks and he just came out for a visit.
Others to Watch:
Henderson has unreal athleticism, but needs to hone that and turn it into something that translates on the football field. Likely stays at cornerback, but could see a few snaps on the offensive side of the ball in fall camp as a slot receiver. (COMMITTED)
Willis just came in for a visit this past weekend despite being committed to Washington and I'm told that he really enjoyed his time on campus. He's also taken an unofficial to USC and might take a visit to a few others before making a final decision, but Washington is still going to be the team to beat. (Offered)
Others to Watch:
McGill is highly touted prospect who might be the most ready to play of any commit in the 2011 class for Utah. He's got great measurables and instincts and could be a difference maker from day 1. McGill will have a great shot at taking over the departing Justin Taplin-Ross' spot. While his commitment was shaky earlier in the process, it seems to have firmed up in the last few weeks, but now academics could be an issue. (COMMITTED)
Byrant has very good size, but is still a tremendously raw prospect. He's likely to redshirt his first year while still learning to play the safety position. (COMMITTED)
Rowe is a very fluid athlete and could come in and compete for playing time right away a either the safety or cornerback spots. He has good size and a solid frame for adding more weight. (COMMITTED)
Comer has picked up a lot of interest from a couple of schools, including Utah, in the past few weeks. He's looking to schedule a visit in the near future and if he gets an offer, will likely commit.
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