Grading each position for the 2016 cycle for the Utes

Handing out grades to each position group for Utah's 2016 class

Quarterback: A+

An instant impact JC quarterback that has already started games at the Pac 12 level and the Florida Gatorade State Player of the Year that some people nationally think was the steal of the class....anywhere. Yeah, Utah killed it on the QB trail this season, getting exactly what they needed for now, and the future. Williams is the favorite for the starting job this year and Huntley has oodles of upside. 

Running Back: B+

Two Florida based running backs in Moss and Henry-Cole gives the Utes are power back and a burner (although Henry-Cole is pretty tough between the tackles too) that should be able to make an impact down the road. If Thomas McDonald can get his grades in order and be a late addition, it will give the Utes the one thing they really needed, a good all-around JC back.

Wide Receiver and Tight End: C-

The one position group that continues to be a bugaboo for Utah. Missing on Stovall was devastating and Trinnaman sticking with BYU didn't help either. Dana is a nice JC player, but mised 2015 due to an injury, so we don't know what his effectiveness will be. Hubert is a sign and send that was lightly recruited. Blackmon could end up at either wide receiver or safety and is a push forward guy. Holding on to Fotheringham was nice, but he's a sign and send. Dana is coming off of an injury that had him sit the past season at the JC level. We'll see how ready he is. You'd hope that Guy Holliday can start landing some big-time prospects in the next class with a year to do it because Taylor Stubblefield couldn't recruit his own mother to Utah.

Offensive Line: A+

Utah landed the number 1 overall junior college recruit in the country in offensive tackle Garrett Bolles. They beat out everyone that is anyone for his services and he'll be your starting left tackle next season. What a get. Scott Peck is an absolute monster that the coaches love, while Tucker Scott is a legacy kid that could develop over time. Throw in Jake Grant from last year who was a greyshirt and sign and send Johnny Maea, who will serve a mission, but is a big, mean dude, and the Utes have a great class on the line.

Defensive Line: B+

Didn't land a defense tackle in the class, although it wasn't a big need, but one high school DT would have been nice. Bills may end up there when he returns from his mission. Did a very nice job with the defensie ends getting Anae, Pututua, Lauaki, and Fotu. A nice mix of newcomers and sign and sends. Fotu should be a beast after a year or two in the program. Higher end prospects are starting to figure it out; come to Utah and you're going to have a great chance to play in the league as a defensive lineman.

Linebacker: A

The biggest area of need turns into a strength with two JC linebackers in Taufa and Laufatasaga, who will step in and be in the two-deep immediately, Both are very good prospects that Utah was dying to get. Donavan Thompson is an intriguing guy that draws comparisons to Gionni Paul due to Miami location and shorter stature. He's a tough kid though that plays with a meanstreak. Davir Hamilton will come in as an athlete that could play linebacker, defensive end, wide receiver, or tight end. Another Nate Orchard? Utah could have had more linebackers, but ran out of room.

Cornerback: B

Corner wasn't a huge need, but the Utes were still able to land two 6 footers with high upsides. King would have been more heavily recruited had he not missed most of his senior year and Burgess is a true athlete and one of the gems of the class. He could end up on the offensive side of the ball as a slot guy or even a running back if they want to go that direction. a dynamic athlete.

Safety: D

Wasn't a big need, but the Utes would have liked to have landed one JC guy to go along with sign and send in Isaiah Nacua. Markell Simmons looked like a Ute for a long time before ultimately deciding on TCU. They'll settle for what they got, but is was still somewhat disappointing.

Special Teams: A

The Utes landed their punter they need to replace Tom Hackett in Mitch Wishnowsky. Did exactly what they needed to do.


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