Recruiting Reset: Offense

The Utes have a couple of offensive players in the bag including two quarterbacks and look to be loading up again on the offensive line

For all intents and purposes, the Utes are done at quarterback. The coaches will keep in touch with a few lower tier quarterbacks as a contingency plan in case Wilson doesn't work out, and may make a late offer to someone to come in as a grayshirt, but this is likely it for the Utes at quarterback.

Travis Wilson COMMITTED
Wilson was as high on their board as anyone that they had a realistic shot at the coaches were able to reel him in. Now the issue will be keeping him a Ute if some 'bigger' programs come calling during his senior year. I don't see him going anywhere, but I didn't think Derrick Brown would be anywhere but Salt Lake City either. Wilson has prototypical size for a QB in a pro-style offense and will end up being the most heralded quarterback to land at Utah since Tommy Grady (although Grady was a transfer and didn't pan out as planned).

Chase Hansen COMMITTED
The surprise of the recruiting season came when the Utes were able to beat out BYU for the services of Chase Hansen. Hansen is a sign and send guy that is versatile enough to play either side of the ball. Where he ends up after being away from the game for two years on a mission is anyone's guess. He performed very well at quarterback at the Elite Camp two weeks ago, spending the entire day there and is a gamer, the kind of quarterback that I love.

Others to Watch:

Marc Evans
Alec Morris


The running back position is not one of dire need for the Utes after the haul they brought in last season, which is a good thing because of a lack of running back talent on the west coast for 2012.

Sione Houma- Offered
Local product Sione Houma plays running back in high school, but projects better as a fullback at the next level. He's spent a lot of time at Utah and is the Utes' to lose at this point, but he's taken other visits and may not be the lock that some think. When it's all said and done, Utah should be the choice though.

Robert Lewis- Offered
Robert Lewis is committed to SMU currently, but there's almost zero chance that his verbal there sticks. Lewis is high on the Utes and is considering visiting Salt Lake City at some point. He's very versatile and could also play in the slot. One of the most explosive players in the west for 2012.

Jamaal Williams- Offered Williams, out of Fontana, CA, recently picked up an offer as well, but has named BYU as his favorite. We'll see if the Utes can get in the mix, but they're fighting an uphill battle at this point.

Donnell Dickerson (JC)
Dickerson is a JC kid who put up very good numbers in his first year at Mt. Sac. He's got good size and speed, but is facing academic issues that may keep the coaching staff from offering.

Keivarae Russell- Offered
Ruseel has an offer from Utah, and says he's considering everyone, but Notre Dame appears to be the team to beat at the moment. I'd be shocked if Utah got an official visit out of him.

Chris Brown- Offered
Brown, out of Fresno, CA, is another possibility who is giving the Utes a look and has an offer. Brown has been hard to read, but we're told that he is considering Utah. To what extent is unknown at this point.

Others to Watch:

Jamie Gilmore- Offered
Trent Jackson
Taylor Cox
Josh Johnson (JC)


After last year's receiving haul and with so much young talent on the current roster, the Utes aren't pushing hard for many wide receivers in the 2012 class.

Delshawn McClellon- COMMITTED
McClellon committed to the Utes in June, but that commitment is pretty soft. He said he's going to continue to look around despite the commitment. McClellon does have ties to Utah with his grandfather living in the area and would be a nice fit with his speed, but Utah has their work cut out for them to keep him committed.

Gabriel Marks- Offered
Marks is the big target at receiver. He's listed a top 3 of Utah, UCLA, and SMU with a later summer or early fall decision and a visit to Salt Lake City at some point. The relationship he has developed with Norm Chow has definitely helped the Utes, but Marks is still seen by many as a UCLA lean. He's an elite receiver and priority number 1 for the Utes.

Trent Sewell
Sewell was dominant at the recent Elite Camp, but is still waiting to hear from the coaches He's intent on staying in the Pac 12 and Utah could be the perfect spot. Sewell moves very fluidly for his size and should hear this week as to whether the Utes will offer.

Cameron Countryman- Offered
Countryman is the kind of kid you want in your program. He's a great athlete and very smart, receiving interest from Ivy League schools. If Stanford offers, he's probably theirs, but they've grabbed a few receivers recently. Like Marks, UCLA could end up being the biggest competition, but they are yet to offer as well. Countryman has said that he'll visit Utah and won't officially and won't make a decision until late in the process.

John Ursua- Offered
Ursua has said that he's been offered by Utah, but I'm not sure how legitimate or official that offer is. Ursua will likely end up at Oregon if they offer, but if not Hawaii, Utah, and BYU are the logical landing sports.

Michael Thomas
Thomas attended the Utah camp, but it hasn't turned into an offer yet. He's long and lean and would be a project player. If the Utes offer, it likely won't be until later when a few others are off the board. His commitment would likely get Marcus Rios though, who's one of the elite corners in the country.

Others to Watch:

Jordan Vaden
Rodney Woodland


Most of the top tight ends are off the boards. With the young talent already on the roster, there isn't a huge need at the moment, but the Utes would like to bring in at least one.

Keoni Bush-Loo
Bush-Loo just picked up his first offer from Nebraska but should be getting more soon. He has great size and will probably move up the rankings shortly. Utah is in the mix and we're told that he likes the Utes. An offer may not be that far off.

Sean Irwin
Irwin is the twin brother of offensive lineman Jeromy Irwin. The two are intent on playing together at the next level and that could bode well for the Utes if they offer both. Irwin is trying to get out to Utah for a visit at some point this summer.


The offensive line is an area that the Utes are addressing heavily withthe 2012 class and it's showing with two commitments already and multiple offers on the table. Many of the current offers (or commitments) are to sign and send kids that won't make an impact until the 2014 season. The Utes could end up taking as many as 6 or 7 linemen in the class if they get the right guys.


Poteki picked up an offer recently and committed to Utah. He's a big kid with a lot of upside who is a sign and send. A great local find by the coaching staff.

Sai was the first commit for the 2012 class and will join his big brother Kapua, who's an offensive lineman at Utah currently. He could end up being the most important recruit in this class because of his ability to recruit other players. Kiha is as solid as they come in his commitment.

Ronnie Stanley- Offered
Utah was on Stanley early and it has helped them stay in the race, but perennial powers like USC, Florida State, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame are the early leaders at this point.

Zach Lindsay- Offered
Lindsay is the top tackle in the state for 2012. He's been committed to BYU since the fall, but recently said that after attending the Utah camp and picking up an offer, he's 75/25 in favor of the Utes. He'd be a huge get for more reasons than his 6-8 295 pound size as the Utes would not only be able to beat out the Cougars for his services, but flip him from a previous commitment.

Jeremiah Poutasi- Offered
Poutasi has said that he'll be visiting Utah and recently mentioned them as a co-favorite along with UCLA. He's a cousin of Brandon Fanaika and the two of them have briefly talked about playing together at the next level. He'd be a huge get for the Utes being an out state of state guy at a position of need.

David Keller- Offered
Keller was committed to his hometown school of Fresno State, but conversations lead me to believe that he'll end up elsewhere. He likes Utah and will probably end up visiting officially.

Colby Cyburt- Offered
Cyburt is planning a late summer/early commitment and said he'd visit Utah. If USC offers, he's probably theirs, but UCLA and Stanford are going to be players as well. Don't be surprised if he doesn't stick to his time frame for a commitment. The longer it plays out, the better for Utah.

Arthur Flores- Offered
Flores was at the Elite Camp a few weeks ago and enjoyed his time on campus. He's going to take his time and wait for a few more offers, but is an athletic guy the coaches would love to have. Of the schools that have offered, Utah is at the top, but if Penn State or Washington come calling, the Utes will probably be on the outside looking in.

Eduardo Middleton- Offered Middleton was ecstatic over his recent Utah offer and appears as if he'll visit Utah (possibly soon). Utah looks like the front runner at this point, but an offer from UCLA or Stanford could change that.

Seaver Myers- Offered
Myers recently named a top 5 that included Utah, with the Utes being the biggest name on his list. He's visiting in July, but doesn't plan on pulling the trigger until after he's completed five official visits.

Will Latu (JC)- Offered
Latu has offers from all over the country and would be a huge get for the Utes, ready to step in right away and play. He likes the Polynesian culture at Utah and will most likely make an official visit.

Spencer Rudolph
Rudolph was at the Utah camp and was the biggest kid there. He didn't pick up an offer, but moved well for his size. Could get a late offer if Utah misses out on a few other kids.

Others To Watch:

Walker Williams-Offered
Fernando Villanueva
Simon Goines- Offered
Lio Lafaele- Offered
Nico Siragusa


Brandon Fanaika- Offered
Fanaika may be the most important recruit to land going forward for the 2012 class at any position for a few reasons. First is the in-state battle with BYU. Getting Fanaika further cements Utah ahead of BYU as a recruit destination, a torch that was passed last season. Second, the Utes are battling in conference foes like UCLA and Stanford for his services, two schools that traditionally, have beaten the Utes out for a recruit's services 9 times out of 10. He's an elite guard with great size who could step in and play right away. Utah needs Fanaika and they're going to be in it to the very end.

Alex Kozan- Offered
Kozan was high on the Utes early in the process, but that seems to have tapered off some. He's made a ton of visits all over the country, but has yet to make it to Utah.

Hiva Lutui- Offered
Lutui has said that he'll visit Utah and they're one of his favorites, but his list seems to be changing often. He'll likely visit Utah unofficially at some point, but with as often as things have changed, who knows?

J.J. Dielman- Offered
Utah was the first to offer Dielman and is his highest profile offer to this point. If either Arizona State or Arizona come calling, he'll likely stay home, but Utah is doing well at the moment.

Others to Watch:

Gus Lavaka
Niu Sale- Offered


The Utes would like to add one more center, but won't be devastated if they don't. Guys can shuttle over from guard and play the position, and current commit Kiha Sai spent the Elite Camp at center.

Matt Cochran
Cochran has named Utah as one of his top five, but is also counting offers from UCLA, Stanford, along with serious interest from Alabama. He's a high school teammate of Aziz Shittu, who decommitted rfom Stanford, but will probably end up back there, and that could help land Cochran, who's size isn't something you can teach. Utah will probably get an official visit, but is on the outside looking in right now.

Grant Bays
Bays has Utah ties coming from the same high school that produced Jordan Wynn and Sam Brenner. Bays is the nephew of NFL Hall of Famer Randy Cross, so he's got good bloodlines. With his decision not coming anytime soon, the Utes will likely get an official visit out of him.

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