Recruiting Reset- Defense

The Utes are addressing the line and the corner spot heavily on defense. Find out where they stand with each recruit

Defensive Line

Sione Tupouata- Committed (JC)
Tupouata committed to the Utes a second time after being part of the 2010 class. He didn't play this season to maintain as much eligibility as he could at Utah and focus on his academics.

Hunter Dimick- Committed
Dimick wowed the coaches at the lineman camp and picked up an offer. He committed quickly and was dominant for Syracuse High School this past year. Could end up at either the end or tackle spot and will take his official visit next week.

Moses Foluahola- Committed
Foluahola picked up an offer at the elite camp and committed immediately. He has good size, but is a possible greyshirt possibility.

Polo Manukainiu- Offered
Manukainiu is making a list minute trip out to Utah after having his scholarship offer pulled by Oklahoma. He's a very good athlete and could come in right away and push for a spot. The Utes are battling UCLA, Baylor, and Texas A&M for his services. He'll be accompanied on his visit by current teammate and UCLA commit Hiva Lutui.

Pio Vatuvei- Offered (Committed to USC)
Vatuvei picked up his dream offer from USC over the summer and committed, but is looking around now and taking multiple visits. The Trojans will still be tough to beat out, but Vatuvei will be visiting Utah on January 13th.

Koliniasi Leota- Offered (JC)
Leota is visiting next weekend and said that Utah is his top school. He's one of the top JC defensive players in the country and will provide depth immediately if he makes it to Salt Lake city, which, by all indications, he will. Is working to be a mid year transfer and will know next week.

*Update*
DeForest Buckner- Offered
It appears Buckner will be coming out to Utah on January 20th for a visit. He appears to be a longshot with Cal seemingly in a good place for him, but the Hawaii native could find good company at Utah with multiple Hawaiians on the roster.

Others To Watch:
Pasoni Tasini- Offered
Luke Kaumatule- Offered (Committed to Stanford)
Dylan Cozens- Offered
Morgan Breslin- Offered (JC- Committed to UCLA)

LINEBACKER

Jake Jackson- Committed
Jackson came out of nowhere to commit over the summer. The unknown linebacker from Southern California had considered the Utes his top school throughout the process and is relishing the chance to play in Salt Lake City.

Jared Afalava- Offered
Afalava has kept very quiet throughout the process, but one thing that has been known is his affinity for Oregon and Utah. While Utah seems like a good fit, rumblings have it that Oregon leads and he is looking to leave the state. This one could come down to signing day.

Moana Ofahengaue- Offered
Ofahengaue has been very quiet throughout the process, but told Inside The Utes that he has a top five that includes Utah. The coaches were in his house this week for a visit, and the only visit he has scheduled is to Salt Lake City on January 20th.

Others To Watch:
William Johnson- Offered
Tony Winslow- Offered

CORNERBACK

Justin Thomas- Committed
Thomas committed to the Utes back in August and will be on campus in January after graduating early. He sat out his senior year due to age restrictions, so he might be rusty, but is a very good corner that will push for time in the spring.

Marcus Rios- Offered
Utah has come on strong of late for Rios after he parted ways with Boise State. The Utes have made in home visits and have more scheduled. Rios is an elite corner who is working to be an early entry so things could move very quickly on his recruitment. No visit has been setup as of now, but don't be surprised if he comes in next week.

Brandon Beaver- Offered
Beaver has suddenly developed a lot more interest in Utah, even tweeting out that he could play receiver. The four star corner is buddies with Alphonso Marsh and they'll be visiting together on January 13th. Washington is still said to be the leader, but the draw of possibly playing with McClellon and Marsh could be big.

Alphonso Marsh- Offered
Marsh has named Utah as one of his top two schools, along with Washington, and will be visiting in January with buddies Brandon Beaver and Utah commit Delshawn McClellon. The Utes are in great shape for the LA based corner. If they can get him to go along with McClellon, Beaver could follow.

Davonte Neal- Offered
Neal showed interest in the Utes earlier in the process, and while Utah is still trying, they appear to have fallen behind schools like Notre Dame and Florida State. As this point, it would be a surprise to see Neal visit.

Kevon Seymour- Offered
The four star corner looked like he had Utah running third behind USC and UCLA, but the Utes don't appear to be a serious candidate right now. They might get a visit, but this is likely a crosstown battle between the Bruins and Trojans with Cal lurking.

SAFETY

Austin Lee- Committed
Lee might end up being the steal of this class when it's all said and done. He's a highly intelligent, highly technical safety who has great ball skills. Ute fans will have to wait awhile to see him though as he'll be on campus for the summer and fall camp before heading out on a mission. Lee will visit officially at the end of January.

Shaquille Thompson- Offered
The nation's top ranked safety said he'd be visiting Utah on January 13th, but that visit is in doubt at the moment. He's used four of his five allotted trips, has mentioned USC as a possible spot for the fifth, and recently announced a top five that didn't include the Utes. Cal is still the heavy favorite.

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