Previewing The Weekend

Utah hosts another huge recruiting weekend with multiple committed and uncommitted players...

Utah hosts another huge recruiting weekend with big time prospects on campus. Inside The Utes gives you the skinny on each visitor below:


QB Chase Hansen: COMMITTED 

Hansen committed over the summer and has been working on friend and local prospect Brandon Fanaika, trying to get him to flip from Stanford to Utah. Hansen will be enrolling in a few weeks and taking his shot at the quarterback spot in the spring.


If there is one player in this class that looks like a sure thing on the football field, it's Austin Lee. He's as fundamentally sound as they come and very heady. Utah grabbed him early in the process and has been able to hold on despite a few inquiries by other schools. Lee is heading out on a mission in the fall, but will participate in fall camp first.

S Junior Salt: COMMITTED

Salt committed to Florida in December, but flipped to Utah a few weeks ago, wanting to play at home in frotn of friends and family. He could end up on either side of the ball, but Utah is looking to bring him in at defensive tackle to start. He's an immediate impact guy at a position that needs depth.


Poteki is another sign and send who we won't see for a couple of years. He has very good size and could end up at either the guard or tackle spots. The big man committed to Utah after the Elite Camp in June.

OL Vaha Vainuku: COMMITTED

Vainuku was offered by Utah over the holidays and committed on New Year's Eve. He's an underrated defensive tackle, who could up as an offensive lineman as well. Vainuku will be heading out on a mission in the summer.

LB Jake Jackson: COMMITTED

Jackson caught a lot of people by surprise when he committed over the summer. He's a very good athlete and will come in as a linebacker, but is a sign and send so he won't be seen for a few years.

DE Moses Foluahola: COMMITTED

Foluahola impressed at the Elite Camp over the summer and committed right after. He could end up on the offensive side of the ball as a fullback, but seems better suited as a defensive end. He's a candidate for a greyshirt as well if the Utes are low on scholarships.

OL Marc Pouvave: Soft Commit

Pouvave committed to the Utes in the fall, and is being counted on to add immediate depth to the offensive line. The departures of Norm Chow and Dave Schramm have him rethinking things and he took a visit to San Diego State recently. Pouvave still maintains that he is committed to Utah, and will make his final decision immediately after the visit this weekend.


Brandon Fanaika is the biggest in-state prospect on the board. Utah and Stanford have alternated as favorites throughout the process before Fanaika selected the Cardinal last month. He's spent a lot of time at Utah and the draw of playing with current Utah commit Jeremiah Poutasi will help Utah. Fanaika has said recently, that if he is accepted to Stanford, that's where he is going.


Monroe is an elite corner out of Louisiana, who played QB at the high school level, but projects better into the secondary. Monroe is a Texas A&M commit, but I'm told that Utah has a decent shot to flip him if the visit goes well and the situation is right. He's looking for a place to play right away.

DE/LB Moana Ofahengaue

Utah appears to be in a good place with Ofahengaue, despite the fact he insists that all schools are equal right now. He's a guy that has spent a lot of time at Utah, and his visit this weekend could go a long ways towards yielding a commitment on signing day.

DE/TE Jeremiah Valoaga

Utah has been on Valoaga for awhile, and recently offered. They're the biggest name he has on his board, but he may be asked to hold off on committing (if he wants to) until a few other pieces either fall in or out of place. Valoaga could end up at multiple spots, whether it be tight end, offensive tackle, or defensive end.

LB Tenny Palepoi:

Palepoi is a late addition to the visiting roster for this weekend, but has been in touch with the Utes for awhile. He committed to Utah State, but grades have kept him from Logan, and now Utah is looking to grab him in an attempt to shore up the defensive tackle spot. Academics may still continue to be an issue.

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