Recruiting Reset: Offensive Line

After the 2012 haul, offensive line is not he priority it was, but the Utes still need a few bodies

With the offensive line class of 2013 being fairly weak, Utah's got to be comfortable with where they stand having already nabbed two prospects. While the need isn't as strong as last year when the Utes loaded up from both the high school and JC ranks, they're still looking for depth and will add 4 to 5 guys along the offensive line, with one of those possibly coming from junior college depending on how things shake out for the 2012 season.

The updates below may not look very positive, but remember how Utah operates. They stay in touch, get kids for visits in December and January, and then close them. Half of Utah's class from 2012 didn't look like they'd end up as Utes at this time last year.

The Commits:

Leory Tanaoi
Haile Falemaka

The Prospects:
Elijah Tupai (Offered)
Tupai is one of the top offensive linemen on the Utes board that they have a realistic shot at. He's a bit light at moment, but a good frame will allow him to grow into his body. The Cottonwood product has been fairly quiet throughout the process, but we're told that of the teams that have offered, Utah is the leader. The biggest competition will come from BYU should they choose to offer, but Utah is in a good spot right now. Tupai could also end up on the defensive side of the ball.

Kenneth Santa Marina (Offered)
Santa Marina hails from the same high school as current Ute Charles Henderson, so he does have some ties to the program. Utah would like to land the high upside prospect, and he's shown some interest, but is likely destined for the SEC. Could play either guard or tackle at the next level.

John Lopez (Offered)
Lopez made a visit to Utah during the spring and we're told that it went well, but the Utes are still trailing a host of Pac 12 schools. UCLA and Washington are leading, and the Bruins have long been considered the favorites for Lopez. He's a longshot at this point.

Sean Harlow (Offered)
Harlow is a former teammate of current quarterback Travis Wilson, and visited Utah in the spring, along with much of the Pac 12. Harlow's dad played at USC, and if they offer, he's a Trojan. It's that simple. As it stands now, UCLA and Cal are looking good and he was even ready to commit to the Bruins, but they weren't ready to take his verbal yet. The Wilson connection will help Utah if things drag out, but it doesn't look good at the moment for Utah.

Reeve Kohler (Offered?)
Kohler is claiming an offer, but we haven't been able to confirm the accuracy of that. He has show interest in Utah, but the Utes are not at the top of his list.

Scott Quessenberry (Offered)
Quessenberry has a top three that doesn't include Utah, and when extended to six, the Utes are still absent. To get him in for an official is likely a stretch.

Thomas Oser (Offered)
Of the out of state prospects, Utah is looking best with Oser, but that still isn't saying much. He's seen his recruitment take off in the past couple of months with schools from all over the Pac 12 and with a solid senior year could really turn into a big time prospect. Oser is a smart kid who has academics high on his list. With offers from Stanford and Vanderbilt, he may go the way of the highly prestigious academic institution.

David Maka (Offered)
Maka doesn't have a ton of offers, but is hearing from a lot of schools. I'm told that there could be academic issues, which is keeping schools from offering. While Utah is one of two offers, he hasn't shown much interest to this point.

Others To Watch:
Kyle Sulka
David Soto

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