Utah added more beef to its defensive line with the commitment of Hyrum (UT) Mountain Crest's Kyle Christiansen to the 2014 class, who was visiting the campus today.
"We met around 1:00 PM and took a tour of the new football facility. Then I met with Coach Whittingham and he talked to me and I committed there. They were really happy and really pumped about it as well."
The 6-3, 315 pounder picked the Utes over offers from BYU, Hawaii, and Utah State due in part to the relationships he has with the coaches.
"I think Coach Sitake has been with me since I was a sophomore. I've always had a good feeling about Coach Sitake, Coach Tuiaki, and Coach Whittingham."
The 6-3, 315 pounder also enjoyed the family atmosphere vibe that Utah has and it was crucial in his commitment.
"I think it was a big thing for me. The emphasis they put on family and character was something I really liked."
With the new football facilities opening up, Christiansen was able to take a tour and loved what he saw.
"It is sweet. It is all top of the line, new technology. A bunch of stuff in the training room and the weight room and I look forward to being able to train in there."
Despite hailing from up in Utah State country, the big man received a lot of support from friends and family, an important aspect of a recruit's decision.
"Everyone was pretty supportive of me and my choice. Everyone had my back so that was very comforting."
A solid two-way player, we could end up seeing Christiansen on either side of the ball at Utah.
"The plan right now is defensive line, but it is a possibility I could play offense, but right now it is defensive line. I like defense better because I like to make tackles, but I like the offensive side as well."
Christiansen, who is LDS, will take a mission right after high school and is taking a different route than most in doing so.
"I'm planning on graduating in the middle of November and leave on my mission by January so I can get back to play in spring ball (2016) for the U."
For now, Christiansen is working hard on the field and in the classroom to get ready for his senior year, where he hopes to take his team to another state title game.
"First and foremost, I want to lead my team to a state championship."
Christiansen Commits To Utah
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