Recruiting Reset: Defense

Taking a look at the commits and prospects on the defensive side of the ball in the 2014 class

Defensive Line
The Utes addressed a lot of defensive line issues last year, but are still going after top in-state players and cleaning house. Plenty of sign and send kids while Allan Havili could be the top defensive player they get for 2014.

The Prospects

Alani Havili (Commit)
Havili committed to Utah early in the winter, and has hung strong despite multiple other schools sniffing around and throwing out offers.

Kyle Christiansen (Commit- Sign and Send)
Christiansen picked up an offer during the summer, and committed shortly after. A life-long Utah fan, he's about as solid as they get and will head out on a mission before ever suiting up.

Pita Tonga (Commit- Sign and Send)
Tonga picked up an offer late in the summer and jumped on it a few weeks later. He could end up being the hidden gem of this whole class after returning from a mission.

Others To Watch
Brian Mone (Offer-Committed to Michigan)
Lamone Williams (Offer)

The linebacker spot isn't a huge need with plenty of young talent on the roster, and will likely be addressed in 2015.

The Prospects

Isaiah Kafusi (Offer)
Kafusi was committed to BYU, but has decommitted and opened things back up. The prevailing thought is that he'll end up at either Utah or BYU, though the Cougars are still the likely destination.

Olajuwon Tucker (Offer)
Tucker comes from one of the top programs in the west, but has been largely quiet throughout his recruitment. Utah is one of his most high profile offers at this point and he loves Coach Shah. Tucker will visit Utah officially.

Juan Jenkins (Offer)
Another Florida kid that is getting love from Utah. Jenkins will be tough to pull in, but Utah is working hard to get an official visit lined up.

Others To Watch
Kalen Ballage (Offer)

Utah swung and mostly missed on corners in 2013, so it's back to a priority for 2014. They've brought in some speedsters from the Miami area for visits, and are scouring the country for kids with wheels. It's not a great cornerback recruiting class this year, and the Utes will possibly have to dig deep to find some hidden gems.

The Prospects

Denzel Fisher (Offer-Committed to UCLA)
Utah sat in the driver's seat for a long time with Fisher, who has ties to Sharrieff Shah. Then UCLA came along and offered and he pounced on it. Utah is still trying and Fisher has said that he'll take an official visit. Is a decent candidate to get a flip out of.

Nigel Bethel (Offer-Committed to Miami)
Bethel visited officially and came away very impressed with the school, facilities and team. Despite that, it would be a pretty big shock if he were to decommit from Miami.

Najiel Hale (Offer-Committed to Arizona)
Hale committed to Arizona over Utah, Cal, and a host of other schools at the Opening in July. He's indicated that he'd like to visit officially, but Utah isn't a serious player for his services and could end up focusing their efforts elsewhere for a player more likely to commit.

Demarlon Morris (Offer-JC)
Morris is very good JC prospect and has the Utes in his top two along with Indiana. He'll commit at the end of his JC year and Utah, who likes him a lot, will have a great shot.

Juwan Dowels (Offer-Committed to Northern Illinois)
Dowells visited Utah officially with the rest of the Miami brethren. He came away very impressed and a flip is likely if Utah wants to take him.

Others To Watch
Corey Ferguson (Offer-Committed to Cincinnati)
Jaleel Wadood (Offer-Committed to Cal)

Safety is another big position of need, especially with the Utes missing out on Tevin Carter last year due to academics. Austin Lee does return from a mission, but the Utes are going to want two safeties in this class, and the pickings are slim at this point.

The Prospects

Jamal Scott (Offer- Committed to Arizona State)
Scott picked ASU over Utah this past summer, surprising a lot of people. He'll still come in for an official visit and the Utes will be able to make their case. There are influences around Scott that want him at Utah.

Jeff Farrar (Offer-Committed to Virginia)
Farrar visited Utah officially for the Oregon State game and left wanting to be a Ute. He's still committed to Virginia, but at this point, Utah is in a great spot and a commitment to the Utes is very possible.

Qujuan Floyd (Offer-JC)
Floyd is a JC kid who recently picked up an offer. The Utes are at the top of his list and his highest profile offer. Floyd is planning on graduating early to enroll by spring ball.

Others To Watch
Payton Hendrix (Offer)
Nathaniel Gaines (Offer-Committed to SMU)
Bryan Blunt

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