When I met with Coach Whittingham earlier this week, he told me the emphasis from here till signing day was on "getting some meat on both sides of the ball", well that is exactly what the Utes did this weekend.
Salesi Uhatafe is a very big offensive tackle. He is a legitimate 6'5 320 pounds, and still growing! Uhatafe is yet another future Ute hailing from Trinity High School, in Euless Texas. Three former Trinity players are currently on the Utes roster, Viliseni Fauonuku, LT Tuipulotu, and Hiva Lutui. There is a chance that number doubles on national signing day, which is only about 2 weeks away. Uhatafe joined teammate and good friend Sam Tevi when he committed to the U earlier today. Gaius Vaenuku, has yet to make his decision, but Salesi said he is pushing for Trinity brother to join him at Utah.
Salesi fell in love with the sense of community both within the football family and the University of Utah as a whole. He told me the team has a lot of chemistry, and while they are coming off a bad season, he knows that the Utes are up and coming. Interestingly enough, Salesi's other official visit was at Arizona State, the same week they were playing the Utes. The Utes got their bells rung by the Sun Devils and Uhatafe came away very impressed by ASU.
Yet, at the end of the day, his relationship with Coach Scalley, his Trinity teammates, and the sense of family were enough to make Salesi commit to the Utes. "Coach Scalley is a no non-sense guy, he doesn't sweet talk like other coaches, and he just tells the truth. My family and I have always appreciated that about him." This is something that we have been hearing out of Texas recruits all year.
Salesi is about as nimble as a 6'5 320 pound 18 year old can be. He has a skill-set that is very versatile, and he is very good at getting to the second level. If he comes in strong and well conditioned, he could fight for a spot on the 2 deep from day 1.
Utes strike it rich in Texas once more
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