Utes Land Loveridge

3 star combo forward Jordan Loveridge talks about his commitment to Utah.

At his introductory press conference as new head basketball coach at Utah, Larry Krystkowiak vowed to emphasize in-state recruiting.

Days after accepting the job, Krystkowiak offered the state's leading scorer and made Loveridge his top target for 2012.

After a highly successful summer AAU campaign, Loveridge started getting attention from all over America. Loveridge received a 3 star rating from Scout.com, and has been projected as a high level starter in the Pac-12 by many national scouts.

As the summer circuit came to an end, the 6'7 combo forward trimmed his list down to 4 schools.

"My top 4 were BYU, Utah, Weber St and Arizona. I decided to go to the University of Utah."

Loveridge was very thorough in making his decision. He took unofficial visits, and even played pickup ball with players from Utah, BYU, Utah State and Weber State.

According to Loveridge, Utah was the leader for a while, but the star forward wanted to look closely at each program to make sure he was confident in his decision.

"I have known for a little bit now, but I wanted to make sure that this was the right all around fit, and I came to know that it was."

Loveridge is Utah's first commitment of the 2012 class. Loveridge will join returned missionary Jeremy Olson (Center) as newcomers to the Runnin' Utes next season.

What separated Utah from the other schools?

"My relationship with all of the coaches, I want to be a part of rebuilding that program, the Pac 12, and the whole atmosphere of the school. It just fits me best."

Loveridge waited to announce his decision until BYU had returned from their international trip, wanting to inform the coaches first hand before going public.

Larry Krystkowiak and Utah's new staff were elated with the Loveridge's call.

"I called coach Krystkowiak and I told him that it was official, and that I was ready to be a Ute. He told me that it made his day, and that it was time to get started."

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