Recruiting Reset- Offense

Taking a look at the 2013 recruiting class and remaining targets


Brandon Cox
Conner Manning

The Utes are done with quarterback recruiting in this class with one pocket passer in Manning and one dual-threat in Cox already committed. The only way they grab another guy is if there is a decommit, or if they want to bring in a JC kid after spring ball. Neither of those scenarios is likely.

Running Back

Dre'Vian Young
Devontae Booker
Marcus Williams

Cameron Artis-Payne

With three guys already committed and another elite JC back close to pulling the trigger, Utah is going to have one of the top running back hauls in the country. Dre'Vian Young looks like a carbon copy of LaMichael James, while Marcus WIlliams has very good speed to go along with plenty of power. DeVontae Booker is a speedy junior college back who will definitely gets reps in 2013. If the Utes can land the golden prize in Artis-Payne, they'll be set for the next couple of years at running back with plenty of talent and depth.

Wide Receiver

Xavier Shepherd
Andre Lewis (JC-Soft Commit)

Sebastian LaRue
DJ Polite-Bray

There isn't much out there right now for Utah to still pursue when it comes to wide receivers. If Lewis jumps ship, the Utes will try to get another JC guy on board, but with it being a fairly weak wide receiving class out west for 2013, Larue is the only known prospect out this way that Utah has a decent shot at. DJ Polite-Bray was trying to visit, bt still needs to obtain a qualifying SAT or ACT score before he'll come out. If he does make it and enjoys the visit, Polite-Bray, along with offensive lineman Joshua Outlaw, could end up being a package deal. There could end up being a few visitors committed to other schools that come in under the radar, but until those are confirmed, we won't elaborate.

Tight End

Harrison Handley
Greg Reese (JC)

Utah has their two JC tight ends locked up with one being a prepster and the other coming from junior college. This position group is as complete as any in the class.

Offensive Line

De'ondre Wesley
Haile Falemaka
Leroy Tanoai

Joshua Outlaw
David Maka
Nic Purcell
Kenneth Santa Maria
Dave Bright

Falemaka and Tanoai are locked in and will be giving the Ute at least two solid high school prospects. Falemaka is a high ceiling guy that Ute fans will love a few years down the road. De'ondre Wesley has been wavering a bit and is taking other visits. His teammate and good friend Andre Lewis is looking around as well. If Lewis jumps ship, expect Wesley to do the same. Wesley is likely a redshirt candidate if he ever makes it to Utah.

Utah will likely take 2 more offensive linemen, one being a high schooler and the other a JC player. Outlaw has visited officially and has the Utes near the top of the list. He's the top offensive lineman still on the board. Purcell is a tricky case due to his pending NCAA issues. If he is deemed eligible (not likely at this point), Utah has to be considered the favorite and will be the favorite to start opposite Poutasi at one tackle spot next year. Santa Maria intends to visit officially with curent DB commit Carlos Henderson and Utah is in a decent spot with him, but most expect him to stay in the South. Maka and Bright are still being pursued and there is interest, but neither look destined for Salt Lake City at this time.

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