The Utes will be heavily pursuing a quarterback in the 2017 class. We look at the early candidates

With multiple senior offensive linemen, Utah will need to reload in 2017

Utah is going to lose five senior offensive linemen after the 2016 season. They could lose as many as seven if Garrett Bolles and Salesi Uhatafe want to jump to the NFL before their senior years. So, it's time for the Utes to load up on offensive linemen in the 2017 class, with a probably 4-5 high school guys and 1 to 2 junior college players. It'll be a big haul, and Jim Harding and company will have their work cut out for them to find guys that not only can contribue down the road, but a few that can play right away.


Jackson is the number 2 offensive tackle in the country and a top 10 player overall. The Utes have offered, but he's a pipe dream at this point.

Richardson is a local product out of American Fork and the top offensive lineman in the state of Utah. His former teammate James Empey signed with Utah in 2015 and is on a mission, but with his dad recently joining the BYU coaching staff, that could send Empey to BYU, and won't help Utah with Richardson. He's a big bodied kid that moves well. I've seen him in person and he's a legit Pac 12 prospect that should land plenty of offers when its all said and done.

Nelson is a So Cal kid that has shown interest in the Utes. He comes from the same high school and current Utah offensive lineman and 2015 signee Keven Dixon. Utah should be able to get him for a visit and be highly competitive for his services.

Utah offered Bainivalu a long time ago and continue to be active in recruiting him, but he looks like a longshot right now.

Popo is one of Utah's top targets, regardless of position in the 2017 and someone they'll go very hard after, He's out of the Northern California area, a spot the Utes have done well in, especially on the offensive line.

You could make the case that Filiaga is Utah's top overall prospect for the 2017 class. He's out of Vista Murrieta in Southern California, a place Utah has been very active at since joining the Pac 12. He's a high upside tackle prospect and one of the best in the country.

Ray is a new offer by the Utes, but a recent scholarship from Tennessee, his dream school, puts the Volunteers in the lead at this time.

Utah has done well at Grant Union High School in Sacramento, landing offensive lineman Darrin Paulo in the 2015 class. Umana is a prospect that the Utes like, but have yet to offer. He'll be someone to monitor heavily over the next few months. Expect an eventual offer.

Neilon is another Southern California prospect that the Utes are targeting, but he has offers from all over the country and will be hard to reel in.

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