Utah took some late hits in their 2014 recruiting class in the secondary. That may have been addressed in a big way for 2014 with the verbal commitment today from former South Carolina defensive back Ahmad Christian.
"I had been in contact with Coach Kalani (Sitake) for a long time. I decided to make my decision and Utah is the best place for me. I really like what they have going on there."
Despite never having visited the Beehive state, Sitake was able to get a commitment out of Christian, a rare feat for a transfer.
"I haven't had a chance to visit out there yet. We're still trying to figure out when I can make it. "
Christian started his career down in the SEC, and while he enjoyed his time there and left on good terms, he felt a change of scenery was best.
"Some things weren't working at South Carolina. The coaches and I had different views on some stuff so I decided that it was best for me to try somewhere new."
The junior-to-be spent the last spring playing baseball at a community college, but says he's turning his attention to the gridiron only.
"I'm just focusing on football now. I can play nickelback, corner, or safety. Whatever they need me to play. At South Carolina I played mostly nickel and started a few games at corner."
Utah landed the 5-10, 190 pounder over a host of schools, including some top 25 programs.
"I picked Utah over Southern Miss, Miami, UCLA, FAU, FIU, and a bunch of other schools. Utah had Keith McGill and he just got picked up in the draft and they're in the Pac 12. That conference speaks for itself and you go against the best competition."
As for his eligibility, Christian is working with the NCAA to become eligible this season, but says he'll still have two years of eligibility remaining regardless of when he arrives.
"We're still trying to find out from the NCAA what the ruling is going to be. Then I will arrive in either August for this season or in January for next and will have 2 years to play 2 when I get there."
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