With Jordan Wynn going down and taking a medical retirement, things will probably change with Utah possibly forced to look for a second QB in the 2013 class. Conner Manning is already on board, but with 62 of the top 64 QBs in the Scout position rankings already committed, Utah is going to either need to find a hidden gem, a JC player, or flip someone.
Conner Manning Committed
Manning is a steady guy who won't wow you with his physical tools, but is an accurate, confident gun-slinger who will fit in well in Brian Johnson's offense and be able to develop behind and Travis Wilson and Adam Schulz.
Cooper Bateman (Offered) Committed to Alabama
The local product chose Alabama over the summer, surprising some people. He's as talented as they come in the country and had the Utes as his second school. Flipping Bateman will be tough, but the Utes will try to get him in for an official.
Others To Watch
With two players already committed, the Utes may not take anymore running backs unless they are versatile players that could also end up at receiver or on defense. If they do take another player, it's likely to be a speedy back that will fit in well with the power of Etiaki and Williams. Current commit Andrew Ballin is likely headed to the cornerback spot, but could end up at running back. With Jarrell Oliver, Kelvin York, Lucky Radley, and the future return of Harvey Langi, Utah is in a good spot with their running backs.
Charlie Etiaki Committed
Marcus Williams Committed
Etiaki and Williams are both backs with good size and decent speed. They both look like they'll be more in the power back mold, although Etiaki could slip over to the defense side of the ball and play safety or linebacker eventually. Most of the elite backs in the west are already off the board for 2013, but the Utes have grabbed two of the more underrated guys.
Khalfani Muhammad (Offered)
Muhammad hasn't mentioned the Utes much, but would be a good compliment to Etiaki and Williams. He's a speed guy, who's not very elusive, but has great straight-line wheels. If USC offers, he's theirs, but Notre Dame appears to the front runner at the moment.
Jamal Morrow (Offered) Committed to Washington State
Morrow was favoring Utah and Washington State before deciding on the Cougars yesterday. Despite saying he probably won't take anymore visits, there's doubt there and he'll probably end up taking a few, with Salt Lake a very likely destination.
Terrell Newby (Offered)
The Utes offered Newby early, but he's likely bound for Nebraska. If the Utes get an official out of him, it will be a surprise.
Others To Watch:
Vedial Johnson (Offered)
Raphael Webb (Offered)
Olito Thompson (Offered) Committed to Washington State
Andre Lewis (JC) Committed
Lewis committed to the Utes at the end of the summer and has now brought teammate and good friend De'Ondre Wesley with him. Lewis has good size and is a definite playmaker. He'll visit Utah in November and be an immediate impact player, especially with the number of graduating wide receivers.
Xavier Shepherd Committed
Shepherd committed to the Utes while on a summer visit with his family and is arguably the offensive jewel of the class to this point. He'll receive a lot of pub playing in a big time league in Southern California and the Utes will have their work cut out for them trying to keep the speedster on board, who has already setup a visit to Cal. Shepherd will visit Utah officially on October 27th.
Torii Hunter (Offered)
Torii Hunter Jr. is one of the most coveted recruits still out there for Utah. He visited with his brothers in August and may end up visiting officially at some point. A very explosive player, the Utes are going to have their work cut out for them to land the sought after prospect.
Darius Hunter (Offered)
Darius isn't receiving the accliam that Torii is, but he's a solid prospect in his own right and could end up on either side of the ball. He visited Utah unofficially in August, and by all accounts, things went well. An official visit with his siblings is a good possibility, and the Utes are right in the thick of it for his services.
Jordan Villamin (Offered) Committed to Oregon State
Villamin's commitment to the Beavers is very soft, and he'll take a visit to Utah this weekend. Want a candidate that the Utes are most likely to flip? Villamin is the guy.
Others To Watch
Tatum Taylor (Offered)
John Ross (Offered)
Chevoski Collins (Offered)
Harrison Handley Committed
Siale Fakailoatonga Committed
With three senior tight ends on the roster now, the Utes absolutely needed to bring in at least one. Instead, they've nabbed the top two tight ends in the state in Fakailoatonga and Handley. Handley's recruitment is over and he'll be a Ute. There are factors involved with Fakailoatonga that could prevent him from ending up at Utah, but for now, he's still committed to Utah.
Thomas Duarte (Offered)
Duarte picked up an offer over the summer, but the Utes don't appear to be near the top of his list.
Beau Sandland (Offered)
Sandland is entertaining big offers and Utah will be lucky to get an official visit.
Leroy Tanoai Sitake Committed
Sitake is the younger brother of Utah defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake and one of the more unheralded linemen in Southern California. He'll serve a mission before enrolling at Utah.
Haile Falemaka Committed
Falemaka was the second player from Cottonwood High to commit to the Utes, and they're hoping he's not the last. Falemaka is a bit undersized, but has a good frame to grow into a tackle prospect down the line.
De'Ondre Wesley Committed
Wesley pulled the trigger over the weekend giving the Utes two JC players from the same school. He's got perfect size, but might end up being a project. Wesley will visit Utah officially in November.
Thomas Oser (Offered)
Oser is one of hte more underrated linemen in the west, and could end up at any spot on the line. He's not naming leaders at this point, and says he'll visit Utah officially, but Stanford appears to be the frontrunner.
Eliah Tupai (Offered)
Tupai has been mostly quiet during the recruiting process, but did recently name Utah and San Diego State as his favorites. He'll look to make a decision by the end of his football season.
Nic Purcell (Offered)
Purcell is a native of New Zealand and someone that could really turn into a steal for whoever lands him. He's older, at 26 years of age, and is LDS. The consensus is that BYU is his leader. He's visited Utah unofficially and will likely take an official visit.
Scott Quessenberry (Offered)
Quessenberry has been all over the map, saying he'll take visits to schools, then changing his mind, as well as changing his top list of schools. Utah has been mentioned as a school that will receive an official visit, but don't hold your breath until he's physically on campus. With all that, the Utes are still in the mix, but not considered a likely destination.
Others to Watch
David Maka (Offered)
Reeve Kohler (Offered)
Kenneth Santa Marina (Offered)
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