Looking Back At 2009 Recruiting Class

Taking a look at the impact of the disappointing Utah recruiting class of four years ago

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Incomplete- Returned Missionary. Hasn't played enough for evaluation.

James Aiono
After committing to Utah back in 2007, Aiono had to take the JC route, and recommitted in 2009. He didn't make it and had to delay enrollment again, not making it to Utah until 2010. The much hyped defensive line prospect never lived up to the billing, unable to find a spot on the line. He was too slow to play defensive end and not strong enough to play tackle. Aiono did get some part time starting reps as a senior, but didn't do much with it.
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Conroy Black
The JC transfer redshirted in 2009 before becoming a regular contributor in 2011. In 2012, Black made huge strides, and was Utah's top corner, earning all conference honors after picking off four passes.
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Beau Burton
Burton redshirted in 2009 before getting mop-up carries in 2010. An injury before spring ball in 2011 forced him to take a medical retirement at a time when he was poised to compete for the starting tailback spot.
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Terrance Cain
Cain won the starting job in his first year on campus in 2009, helping the Utes to a 6 and 1 record in his first seven starts. He was replaced midway through game eight against Wyoming by Jordan Wynn, and spent most of his remaining career as a backup. When Wynn went down in 2010, Cain took over the reigns again for 3 games over the course of the season. 9-2 career record as a starter, and a very efficient one at that, Cain did exactly what he was supposed to do when he came to Utah out of Blinn JC; add depth, diversity, and experience to the quarterback spot while managing the game.
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Eric Dago
Dago redshirted in 2009 before playing sparingly in 2010. The coaches tried him at a few different spots and he was looking very good in the spring of 2011 before leaving the team without ever making an impact.
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L.T. Filiaga
Filiaga redshirted in 2009 and then went out on a mission. Upon return, jumped immediately into the two-deep at linebacker. A part time starter in 2012, Filiaga will again compete for a starting spot over the next couple of years.
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Colby Goodwin
Goodwin never played for Utah and ended up at Texas State.
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Latu Heimuli
One of the most purely talented players ever to come through Utah. After a redshirt year, Heimuli was disruptive in limited time as a freshman at the defensive tackle spot and looked like a future star. Then the injuries hit, mostly with his feet, and he struggled to get and stay healthy. A move to the offensive line got the big man back on the field, but chronic health issues continued to take their toll. Heimuli has one more year, and a likely move back to the defensive line, to put it all together and live up to the billing. Not his fault, but disappointing nonetheless.
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Vyncent Jones
Jones was highly ranked, but him took him awhile to make an impact. He really emerged in 2012 though as a starting guard and will likely slide in at starting center in 2013. Has the tools to push for an all conference spot.
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Maxwell Lacy
Lacy never played a down at Utah and ended up transferring to Utah State.
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Ray Magee
The JC transfer did not qualify academically.
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Nich Marsh
Marsh's career didn't start out that well with a suspension early on. He never could hit field goals consistently, and was relegated to kickoff duty for much of his career. Had a big leg that forced a lot of touchbacks, but didn't live up to the billing as one of the top kickers in the country coming out of high school. Transferred to Rutgers for his senior season.
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Joape Pela
Pela never made much of an impact at Utah, seenig limited time after coming over from JC in California.
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Trevor Reilly
Reilly might be the hardest guy on this list to rank. He's been a contributor since his redshirt freshman year in 2010, and moved into a starter role in 2011 and 2012. He's been a leader on the team and one of the most productive and consistent defensive players. Could compete for all conference honors in his senior year.
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Kapua Sai
Sai had his chance to make an impact at Utah, and had all of the physical intangibles, but for whatever reason was unable to do anything with it. He transfered to Hawaii for the 2012 season.
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Jamal Smith
Smith tried his hand at both receiver and cornerback, but never could make his way into the two deep. He eventually left the program.
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Shaky Smithson
Without a doubt, Smithson had the biggest positive impact during his time at Utah. The JC transfer had a decent 2009 season as an all-purpose guy, with 13 catches and 99 yards rushing, but really exploded in 2010 as a return man. Smithson took back 2 punts for touchdowns (and a third where he was tackled at the 1 yard line), and looked like a threat to do so every time he caught the ball. Some of the more exciting plays in the last five years came via Smithson, who had a knack for making would-be tacklers miss more often than not. He was honored as a first team all american by multiple publications as a return man, and threw in 25 catches and 3 touchdowns. One of the most popular Utes of the past 20 years, Shaky will go down as a Utah legend.
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Victor Spikes
Spikes will be a senior in 2013 and will have a chance to make a bigger impact than in year's past. He's proven to be one of the most athletic players on the team, but hasn't received much time on the field yet. Has lined up at linebacker and safety, but hasn't found his fit.
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Jerrad Stewart
Who? Exactly.
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Percy Taumoelau
Bot has had his chances, but hasn't lived up the hype after putting up a tremendous performance in place of an injured Tony Bergstrom during the BYU game in 2011. Consistently penciled in as a contributor and possible starter, he's yet to break through and hold a starting spot.
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Jeremiah Tofaeono
Tofaeono didn't do much until 2012 when he earned a starting job and was one of the most consistent offensive line performers. An injury cut his season short, but he'll be back this year as a starter and a captain, looking to anchor what should be an improved line.
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LT Tuipulotu
LT hasn't played much, but has been serviceable in a backup role at defensive tackle and in providing depth.
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Chris Washington
An absolute physical specimen, Washington was one of the gems of the 2009 class. He chose the Utes over a host of others and looked primed to make an impact right away. Keeping with the theme of this class though, injuries got in the way, and Washington was never able to stay healthy, before eventually taking a medical retirement.
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Jason Whittingham
Whittingham headed out on a mission and re-enrolled in time for the 2012. He became a part time starter, but didn't make much of an impact during his time on the field. Still has three more years to show what he can do.
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Jordan Wynn
Oh, what could have been. When healthy, Jordan Wynn looked like he had the makings of a future superstar. The problem? Injuries. After taking over as the starter midway through his true freshman year, the So Cal kid couldn't keep himself off of the trainer's table, suffering season ending injuries in 2010, 2011, and finally a career ending injury in 2012. While he was on the field, especially for the first half of 2010, Wynn looked special, putting up big numbers. He had the smarts and the gunslinger mentality to be a Utah legend, but the injuries got into his head and he played afraid his last two years.
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Kamaron Yancy
Yancy was a JC transfer that played sparingly during his time at Utah, mostly on special teams.
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Incomplete- 2 players

Players That Beat Their Star Rating- 5
Players That Met Their Star Rating- 6
Players That Didn't Meet Their Star Rating- 13
Incomplete- 2

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