After losing multiple defensive linemen after the 2013 season, and with a lack of depth on the line, Utah needs guys to fill those slots. Enter Caleb Peart out of Chandler (AZ) Hamilton High School, who has a recruitment that has really taken off in recent weeks.
"It's going good. Things really starting to pickup with all of the evaluations going on."
Peart has seen a bevy of schools jump into the mix with a lot of interest coming from west coast schools.
"I have offers from Utah, Fresno State, Arizona State, Boise State, Northwestern, Cal, and Nevada. I've also been hearing from Stanford, Washington, Colorado, and Mississippi."
The Utah offer came just the other day from the Utes' offensive coordinator.
"I talked to Coach Christensen on the phone the other day and he offered. We had a chance to meet back in January."
Peart doesn't know a ton about Utah at the moment, but is excited to learn more and likes what they've done in getting guys ready for the league.
"I know Utah puts a lot of defensive linemen in the NFL. Their defensive line coach must be doing something right and they're a school that is going to be moving up in the Pac 12 in the next year of two."
The 6-1, 236 pounder is taking a unique approach to his recruitment, looking at the depth chart, but willing to wait his turn to get on the field.
"I'm looking for a place that fits me academically, where I have a good relationship with my position coach, and a conference that is very competitive. I don't mind being redshirted. I'd like to be on the field by my sophomore year, but if a redshirt year is good for my development, then I have no problem doing that."
Peart uses his size and smarts to make himself and effective player on the field.
"I'm a pass rusher and that's what I like to do. I can use my height to my advantage sometimes to get under people. I'm also a smart player. My dedication in the classroom has helped me in watching film and understanding what I'm seeing."
Like many recruits, Peart will be discussing things with his family before making a decision, but at the end of the day, will be the one making the call.
"I'm really close to my mom. She would like me to stay close, but is ok with me going away from home too. She's been very supportive and will support me wherever I go."
Peart has a timeframe for when he will decide, and that won't be for quite awhile.
"I'll probably decide after the season. I want to take all five official visits even if I have a leader."
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