Recruiting Reset: Offense

Two months from signing day and the Utes still have a lot of targets they're after

Quarterback
Commits: None
Targets:None
Utah won't take a quarterback in this class. Chase Hansen will serve as their de-facto 2015 QB commit. With somewhere in the range of 100 scholarship QBs on the projected 2015 roster, there's no need unless it's a big-time prospect. With Utah missing out on Sam Darnold, that ship has sailed.

Running Back
Commits:
Marcel Brown
Taylor Thomas

Targets:
Javarius Davis (Offer)

Utah doesn't need a hoard of running backs this class with plenty of depth at that position and other guys on the roster that could make the move over there if need be. Brown will play running back when he comes in and will be a bruiser. He's solid. Thomas could end up playing a couple of different positions, but will get his first look as a ball carrier. He has wavered a bit though recently and is giving South Florida a strong look. Davis is an elite prospect who decommitted from North Carolina a few months ago. Schools from all over the south are after him, but he's showing Utah a lot of love and is the high school teammate of previously mentioned commit Taylor Thomas. Davis could also end up playing another position. He has indicated that he will visit Utah, but nothing has been finalized.

Wide Receiver
Commits:
Justice Murphy
Donzale Roddie
George Wilson
Brandon Snell

Targets:
Equanimeous St. Brown (Offer)
Lavan Alston (Offer)
Tony Brown (Offer)
Britain Covey (Offer)
Jaylinn Hawkins (Offer)

Utah has done a good job recruiting the wide receiver position, but are still looking for that big-time high school commit. Snell is a JC guy and academics are always a concern with JC players and there's still a chance he won't make it. Murphy is a solid prospect out of the Northwest that saw his interest from other schools increase over the summer, and then drop off during the season. As other dominoes fall, don't be surprised if new schools take a late run at him that the Utes will need to fend off. Wilson has taken unofficial visits to some of the Southern California schools, but there's nothing serious and all indications are that he'll be at Utah. Roddie is a burner and could end up on the defensive side of the ball at corner. He'll visit Colorado this weekend and has flirted with a lot of other schools. He's at risk for a flip to another school. Tony Brown is still on the board and has Utah as one of his late finalists, but this looks like a UCLA-Colorado battle. Covey is a local prospect that will choose between Utah, BYU, and Utah State. It's hard to say where he's leaning right now, but what ends up happening with teammate Gabe Reid could have an effect. St. Brown made an official visit to Utah and is elite target. A few Pac 12 schools have backed off and Utah is doing very well with him. As it stands, it looks to be Utah and Notre Dame appear to be at the top, but other schools have jumped in, or back-in, recently. Alston would be a huge coup and will visit in January, but appears to still be a long-shot. Hawkins visited back in September, but Utah has fallen behind a few other Pac 12 heavyweights and a verbal would be a big surprise.


(Justice Murphy)

Tight End
Commits: None
Targets: None

Commit Caleb Repp could end up playing tight end, but we're projecting him at defensive end for now as the future Nate Orchard. Target Tevis Bartlett could also play tight end, but we're projecting him on the defensive side of the ball for now. Same goes for commit Chad Hekking... and commit Tuli Wily-Matagi.

Offensive Line
Commits:
Nick Carman
Jake Grant

Targets:
Kieffer Longson (Offer)
Zach Lindsay (Offer)
James Empey (Offer)
Keven Dixon (Offer)
Darrin Paulo (Offer)

The biggest priority for the Utes on the offensive line is to bring in a JC tackle that can add immediate depth and play right away, if not start. If CJ Poutasi decided to enter the NFL draft, that becomes even more pressing. Both Carman and Grant are solid and unless something unforeseen happens, will both be signing in February, but they are projected at guard. Lindsey decommitted from Utah and the two had parted ways, but now are talking again and there's a possibility of another commitment, although academics could get in the way. Longson has visited officially, but the word is that he's a UCLA lean at this time, although Doug Kimmel likes him to BYU. He'll announce Monday between Utah, BYU, UCLA, and Ohio State. As a sign and send, the big kid from California wouldn't enroll until 2017. Empey is another sign and send that will choose between the Utes, BYU, and Washington. He's taken an official to Seattle and that went well, but Utah continues to look like his leader at this time. Dixon visited Utah officially, but appears to be a backup plan right now. Utah probably wouldn't take his commitment right now if he wanted to pledge. Paulo is the biggest fish on the board and will visit Utah officially. He has a lot of Pac 12 offers, but some of those schools have moved on. As it stands, Utah has a very good shot at getting a commitment eventually.

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