Looking Back at the 2008 Recruiting Class

Looking back and re-ranking all 15 members that signed with Utah for the 2008 class

Lamar Chapman
Chapman redshirted as a junior after coming over from Compton Junior College. By 2009, he was earning significant playing time, including four starts. 2010 was a breakout year as Chapman started all 13 games and earned All MWC Honorable Mention honors after picking up a team high 6.5 sacks from the corner spot. He finished his career with 7.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 9 pass breakups.
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Zach Davila
Davila deferred enrollment and greyshirted before coming in the spring of 2009. He's no longer with the program.
2008 Ranking
Re-Ranking No Stars

Kendrick Moeai
Moeia has been an impact player for the Utes, contributing throughout his time in Utah. The scrawny prospect has turned into a 260 pound tight end weapon who has hauled in 30 catches and 4 touchdowns in his three seasons since redshirting in 2008. The logjam at tight end has kept his numbers from being even better, but Moeia has been a significant part of the offense for the last two years.
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Siaki Cravens
Cravens came to Utah and redshirted his first year before leaving and heading out to a JC in California. He just finished up his junior year at Hawaii, but hasn't seen the field much. The biggest loss with Cravens may be the loss of his brother, 2013 prospect and Scout 100 member Su'a Cravens, who is one of the top safeties in the country.
2008 Ranking
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Sealver Siliga
Siliga picked up time as a true freshman, but really exploded as a sophomore earning All MWC Honorable Mention honors after tallying 49 tackles, with 6.5 of those for loss. He didn't have the same numbers as a junior, but Sealver's overall play was improved as he faced consistent double teams and was arguably the Utes top defensive player. Siliga surprised a lot of people by declaring for the NFL draft and was not selected. He's now a member of the Denver Broncos practice squad.
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Ray Magee
Never made it on campus.
2008 Ranking Not Rated
Re-Ranking No stars

Ryan Lacy
Lacy broke into the starting lineup this season, and performed reasonably well for a junior. Lacy had his share of highs and lows, while earning a reputation as one of Utah's fastest players. With 4.32 speed, Lacy could run with the best WRs in the conference. It was the bigger WRs that gave Lacy fits in 2011. Despite his small stature, Lacy should become a plus starter for the Utes next season.
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David Reed
Reed joined the Utes from the Juco ranks, and contributed early and often. He was 1st team All-Conference as a senior, and set school records for receptions (81) and receiving yards (1,188) in a season. Reed was only the sixth receiver in school history to surpass 1000 yards in a season and was also exceptionally dangerous as a kick returner. Reed was drafted in the 5th round of the NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens, where he contributed immediately as a return specialist and WR.
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Devonte Christopher
Christopher joined the Utes as an athlete who was simply dominant as a high school quarterback in Nevada. Scout.com projected Christopher as a Safety, though he got his first look at QB for the Utes on the scout team. After the 2008 season, Christopher was moved to WR where his playing time was sparse. The following season as a sophomore, Christopher took over the spotlight on the outside for the Utes. Christopher earned honorable mention all-conference that season. As a junior in 2011, Christopher was poised for a breakout season in the Pac-12. It looked as though Christopher was finally living up to potential when Jordan Wynn went down and Utah's passing game went in the toilet. Still, Christopher was a big play when healthy, and has great speed (4.48) paired with strong hands. Christopher flirted with the idea of leaving college early for the NFL draft, but made the wise decision to return to Utah for his senior season. If Utah can solidify their QB play, Christopher could surpass 1,000 yards, and should get himself drafted into the NFL.
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Aiona Key
Key joined the Utes late in 2008, but earned a starting job in 2009. A freak athlete, with 4.5 speed and a 35" vertical, expectations were through the ceiling for Key. Key was Utah's 3rd leading receiver as a senior, but was dominant as a downfield blocker. Key once earned Offensive Player of the Week honors without ever catching a ball during the game. Key also had a strong reputation in special teams, blocking multiple kicks. Ultimately, Key was definitely a contributor, but never became a plus starter for the Utes.
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Sausan Shakerin
A four star recruit who came in with as much hype as any recent Utah commit in recent memory. Shak started his career off with a 46 yarder on his first ever carry as a redshirt freshman against Sn Jose State and threw in a 100 yard game against New Mexico later that year. As a sophomore, he sat third behind Eddie Wide and Matt Asiata, but made the most of his opportunities rushing for 105 yards on 12 carries with 2 touchdowns, but suffered from concussion symptoms that forced a medical retirement. Averaged over 6 yards per carry in his way too short career.
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Dave Kruger
Kruger burst on to the scene as a redshirt freshman in 2009, taking a starting spot mid-way through the year and being named to multiple freshman All American teams. Has played both inside and outside on the line during his career, but has generally been most effective at the tackle spot. Career that started with such promise has leveled off a bit, but could be poised for a big 2012 senior year.
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Luke Matthews
The consummate team player. Matthews has been shuttled around the offensive side of the ball after starting out at the receiver spot and making 14 starts there in his redshirt freshman and sophomore years resulting in 27 catches and 3 touchdowns. Bounced around in 2012 from running back to fullback, while also lining up at receiver at times. With the change in the offense, will likely move back to receiver for 2012 where he'll be one of the focal points of the offense.
2008 Ranking
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Sam Brenner
Sam Brenner was lightli recruited out of Oceanside High School in Southern California and has turned into the top offensive lineman in the Utes' 2008 recruiting class. The versatile Brenner can play at either guard spot and may end up moving out to tackle in 2012. He was the most consistent offensive lineman in 2011 and should anchor the line in 2012.
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Derek Tuimauga
Tuimauga has been on a mission and should be enrolling at Utah in time for the 2012 season.
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Offensive MVP
David Reed
DeVonte Christopher may take this award away with a strong 2012, but Reed is the winner right now after putting up impressive numbers in his two years in Utah with over 100 catches, 1600 yards, and 11 touchdowns.

Defensive MVP
Sealver Siliga
Siliga was a two time All Mountain West Conference honorable mention selection, solidifying one of the top lines in the country in both 2009 and 2010. Could have come back in 2011 and ended up as one of the all time greats, but instead jumped shipped and headed to the NFL.

Biggest Bust
Aiona Key
As a 5 star recruit, Key was expected to be a possible all American, and a 1st day draft pick. Key did become a starter for the Utes, but his biggest contributions were as a blocker and a special teams player.

Biggest Surprise
Sam Brenner
Brenner came in as a 2 star recruit that wasn't highly regarded and has turned into the rock on the offensive line. A serviceable backup, he was arguably the Utes' top lineman in 2011 and is poised to comepete for All Pac 12 honors in 2012.

Biggest Disappointment
Sausan Shakerin
Shak was forced to take a medical retirement after multiple concussions kept him off the field. When he did play, the local product out of Alta was tremendous, but the injuries cut short a career that looked headed for greatness. Not Shak's fault, but disappointing nonetheless. Oh, what could have been?

Most NFL Potential
Sam Brenner
Out of college, David Reed might have had the highest ceiling, but Reed's off-the-field issues will keep him from sticking in the NFL. Meanwhile, Sam Brenner was the Utes most consistent Offensive lineman in 2011 and should be a pre-season all-conference nominee. Brenner could get drafted, and with his versatility on the OLine, he has a chance to play for a long time in the NFL.

Future Coach
Luke Matthews
Matthews is another coach out on the field, and the consumate team player. The senior to be has shuffled around from wide receiver, to running back, to wide receiver, and fullback in 2011, despite being a starting receiver in 2010. He's a heady player who spends time during practice working with the younger players.

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