Looking Back At 2010 Recruiting Class

Who lived up to expectations, who exceed them and who flopped out.

No impact
Part-time contributor
Starter
All Conference
All American
Incomplete- Returned Missionary. Hasn't played enough for evaluation.

Dres Anderson
After redshirting as a freshman, Dres has steadily increased his production each of the past three seasons and lead the Utes in receiving in 2013 with 53 receptions for 1002 yards. His marks were 4th best in the Pac-12 and puts him in the conversation as one of the top receivers in the conference. It's safe to say that Dres has definitely grown into his 4 star ranking over the past two season and if can improve pass catching abilities, there's still and chance to become elite and compete at the next level.

2010 Ranking
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Brian Blechen
As Blechen entered his freshman season, he quickly asserted himself as a hard hitting, fast and smart football player that looked more like a future five star performer. After a sensational freshman campaign, Blechen has been plagued by high expectations, suspensions, dropped interceptions and missed assignment. He missed the entire 2013 season due to injury and it's still up in the air about where he'll play this year. He may find himself as a linebacker or rumors are he could be back with the safeties assuming he's physically ready to compete.

2010 Ranking
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Zach Bolton
Bolton signed with the Utes in 2010 and delayed his enrollment while rehabilitating a knee injury. When he joined the team in the spring, he re-injured his knee and took a medical retirement. The Utes had high expectations for Bolton who was recruited by big programs like Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa State. Unfortunately for the Utes and Bolton, his career never got off the ground.

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Princeton Collins
Collins was unable to qualify academically.

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John Cullen
John was THE poster child for what the Pac-12 affiliation meant for the Ute. He was viewed by many experts as a steal from USC whom he had formerly committed. Cullen did serve as an anchor on the right side of the line the Utes and often performed at a high level even though he was often plagued with penalty issues, late hit calls and unsportsmanlike conduct that drove the staff and fans crazy. In the end, he finished as a second team All Pac-12 performer and for the most part, lived up to his expectations.

2010 Ranking
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Reggie Dunn
Reggie Dunn came in with huge expectations as a 4 star recruit out of Compton California. Dunn performed decently as a receiver out of the slot and occasionally made big plays as a rusher on end arounds or screens, but in the end, Reggie will be known as one of college football's greatest kick returners. As an All-American as a kickoff returner, keeping him at a 4 star rating only seems fair.

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V.J. Fehoko
Fehoko was a highly touted recruit who would continue a long tradition of great linebacker play at the University of Utah. Starting in the spring of 2012, the defensive coaching staff gave V.J. the reigns of leadership at the position and named him a starter. He started several games in 2012, but was amongst a group of players that were shuffled around throughout the season as the Utes tried to find a winning combination. V.J. is a hard hitter, but struggle to wrap up on tackles and his lack of speed often had him out of position to make a play. After graduating in 2013, V.J. transferred to Texas Tech.

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Wykie Freeman
Wykie has been hampered by injuries for most of his career at Utah. Once known as the team's faster player, knee injuries and inconsistent play has limited Wykie's ability to contribute regularly to this team.

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Jacoby Hale
Injuries have slowed Hale's ability to contribute more to this team, but in 2013, he had his first solid season as on outside linebacker. As a junior, Jacoby had 6.5 sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 37 total tackles in 2013. Hale's speed off the edge proved to be a great weapon for the Utes as he was able to make huge sacks at key moments during the season. If healthy, Hale has a chance to have a great senior season, but the competition at linebacker will be tough so fighting for playing time will be critical for Hale to reach his full potential.

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Joe Kruger
In his junior season, Joe proved to be a star for the Utes as lead the team with 6 sacks even as he fought off nagging injuries for much of the season. When healthy, Joe raised the level of the entire defense. When Joe missed a game or series due to injuries the Ute's pass rush and containment on the edges wasn't as strong. Ultimately, Joe passed on his senior season and was drafted in the 7th round by the Philadelphia Eagle.

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Ofa Latu
Latu served a mission and never enrolled at Utah.

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Moe Lee
Moe came to Utah as a wide receiver and was converted over to a cornerback where he made significant contributions including a 47 yard fumble return for a touchdown against BYU that proved to be the difference in the game. Moe was a regular contributor as a redshirt junior and senior and nearly broke into the NFL as a free agent.

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Star Lotulelei
Star was a dominant performer as a junior and a senior even as opposing offenses continued to key on him in their game plans. In 2011, Lotulelei finished the season as first team all-Pac-12 selection and won the Morris Trophy as the conference's best defensive lineman. In 2012, he made six All-American teams including a first-team selection by the Associated Press. Once projected as a possible number one pick in the NFL draft, he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers where he became a starter and a candidate for defensive rookie of the year. While his stats will never be spectacular, he's proved in college and now in the pros that his presence in the trenches allows his teammates to thrive, thus increasing the over effectiveness of the defense.

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Po'u Palelei
Palelei failed to academically qualify.

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Damian Payne
Payne, a promising prospect at safety, left the program before his career really ever started at Utah. He later wound up at the University of Houston, where he was converted from a receiver, to a linebacker. Over the past three seasons, he saw time as a special teams player, punt returner and kick returner.

2010 Ranking
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Lucky Radley
Radley has been steadily working his way into additional playing time at Utah with 2013 being his best season to date. Last season he rushed for 284 yards on 74 attempts with an average of 4.5 yards/carry. Lucky was the third option at running back in 2013 and will likely be fighting for the same spot as a senior in 2014. He's a hard working, tough and determined running back, and when he's had his opportunities, he's made the most of them. It's hard to give a guy like Lucky a 2 star rating, but for all intents and purposes, he's been a part-time contributor.

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Dexter Ransom
Ransom was a highly sought after recruit holding offers from SEC, Pac-12 and Big XII schools and ultimately came to Utah as a four star recruit as a JUCO transfer. In two seasons with the Utes, he caught a total of five passes for 59 yards.

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Terrell Reese
Reese played in several games in 2011 mostly on special teams. In 2013 he left the program and transferred to another school.

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Kenneth Scott
2013 was to have been a huge year for Scott who entered the season as a junior. Unfortunately he was injured within the first five minutes of the Ute's opener against Utah State and was lost for the enter season. He will be back in 2014 and is expected to be a big contributor for the Utes revamped offense. Scott and Anderson could prove to be the conference's best receiving duo this year. He is easily a three star on his re-ranking, but with two years of eligibility remaining, it's safe to say that a four star is within his reach.

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Tyler Shreve
Jon Hays is grateful for recruits like Tyler Shreve. Tyler had his chances during springball in 2012 to show that he could be a solid backup for the then injured Jordan Wynn, but he just didn't have the skills to do it.

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Joseph Smith
Smith played sparingly through his first four season with Utah and had a total of 6 tackles when his career end as he transferred out of the program earlier this year.

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Sefa Tanoa'i
Sefa served an LDS mission and never enrolled at Utah after returning.

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Sione Tupouata
Tupouata didn't qualify academically. He recommitted again in 2012 and failed again to make the grades necessary to enroll.

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Maka Unufe
Unufe never made it to the program and now plays for the United States rugby sevens national team.

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Michael Walker
After being a part-time contributor through three seasons at Utah, Walker became a starter as a senior and finished the season with 69 tackles, four tackles for loss and five pass deflections.

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Players That Beat Their Star Rating - 2
Players That Met Their Star Rating - 7
Players That Didn't Meet Their Star Rating - 17

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