Re-evaluating all of Utah's 2012 signees

Re-ranking all of the players in Utah's hit and miss 2012 class

Lio Lafaele- 3 star OG # 138

Lafaele never qualified academically and eventually ended up signing with Memphis a few years later.

Re-ranking: 0 star

Pasoni Tasini- 2 star DE #209

Tasini didn't qualify and went the Snow College route before utlimately endin up at Utah to start the 2015 season. He'll figure into the rotation for 2016.

Re-ranking: Incomplete

Bubba Poole- NR RB JC

Poole was a late addition to the 2012 class and redshirted his first year before getting starter reps in 2013 with over 600 yards. His time diminished over the next two seaons with Devontae Booker's arrival and he was ultimately moved to wide receiver.

Re-ranking: 3 star

Jeremiah Poutasi- 4 star OT #25

Poutasi burst on to the scene as a freshman grabbing the starting left tackle spot and multiple freshman all american honoros. His sophomore season was a disappointment due to injuries, but he bounced back with a big junior year that culminated in all conference honors. The Las Vegas product then declared for the NFL draft, going in the 3rd round to Tennessee.

Re-ranking: 4 star

Alphonso Marsh- 3 star CB #67

Marsh made it to Utah, but didn't last long. He was involved in some off the field issues that got him kicked off the team before ever suiting up.

Re-ranking: 0 star

Moana Ofahengaue- 3 star OLB #88

Ofahengaue never played a down for the Utes, ending his career by falling off a scooter while intoxicated and suffering a head injury. He was eventuallu dismissed from the team.

Re-ranking: 0 star

Carlos Lozano- 3 star OT JC

Lozano came to camp at well over 400 pounds and was never able to drop the necessary weight to play before eventually transferring out of the program.

Re-ranking: 0 star

 

Tenny Palepoi- 3 star DT JC

Palelpoi was an instant impact player out of Snow JC, eventually ending up as a 2nd team all conference player his senior year. Palepoi has parlayed that into an NFL career with the Chargers.

Re-ranking: 4 star

Hiva Lutui- 4 star C #3

Lutui has been a solid role player for the Utes, making spot starts at both guard at center. His size has been an issue at times, but he'll have a senior season to show that he was worthy of his 4 star grade coming out of high school.

Re-ranking: 3 stars

Marc Pouvave- 3 star OT JC

Pouvave came to Utah looking to make an impact right away, but never did much on the field. A career backup, he didn't have the athleticism to play at the Pac 12 level.

Re-ranking: 2 star

Reshawn Hooker- 3 star OLB #55

Hooker battled injuries, but was able to grab a starting job as a true freshman for the USC game. Unfortunately, he suffered a neck injury later that year that ended his career before it ever really got started.

Re-ranking: Injured

Brian Allen- 3 star WR #130

Allen has changed positions about 30 times, but now seems to have found a home as a big, physical corner. He made strides during 2015 and will compete for a starting job in 2016, but is yet to make a big impact consistently.

Re-ranking: 2 star

Reggie Porter- 2 star CB NR

Porter was on the fast-track to becoming an all conference corner before an ACL tear before the 2014 season set him back. He bounced back in 2015, but doesn't look to move as well. 2016 will be a telling year as to whether or not he can get back to his pre-injury level. Still, Porter has been a productive starter.

Re-ranking- 3 star

Junior Salt- 4 star OG JC

Salt came to Utah with a lot of hype, but never lived up to it. He was a two year starter, but did lose his job for part of his senior year, often having trouble with his assignments. A tremendous physical specimen, it just never came together.

Re-ranking- 3 star

Vaha Vaenuku- 3 star DT #121

Vaenuku served a mission and returned in 2015. He'll figure into the two-deep at defensive tackle in 2016.

Re-ranking: Incomplete

Kelvin York- 4 star RB JC

York battled injuries in his career at Utah, but when healthy, was a servicebable back that started a few games here and there and totalling over 750 yards in two seasons.

Re-ranking: 3 star

Koliniasi Leota- 3 star DE JC

Leota played sparingly at Utah before being kicked off the team following a domestic violence charge.

Re-ranking- 0 star

JJ Dielman- 3 star OG #100

Dielman came to Utah as a center, but has found his home at the tackle spot, grabbing the right tackle job the past two seasons. He was a second team all conference selection this season and will push for first team honors this year.

Re-ranking: 4 star

Zach Lindsey- 4 star OT #41

Lindsey ended up at Snow College, but was never able to get his grades in order and qualify academically.

Re-ranking: 0 star

Jake Jackson- 2 star TE NR

Jackson served mission and returned for teh 2015 season as a linebacker. He figures to compete for a spot in the two deep in 2016.

Re-ranking: Incomplete

Justin Thomas- 3 star CB #43

Thomas has been a 2 year starter an impact player for the Utes for 3 years at the nickelback spot. He's been one of the more consistent players on defense during his time at Utah and could be an all conference player this season.

Re-ranking- 3 star

Nua Poteki- 3 star OT #119

Poteki served a mission and is currently at Snow Junior College.

Re-ranking- 0 star

Moses Foluahola- 2 star DE #143

Foluahola's career was cut short following an injury that forced him to retire.

Re-ranking- Injured

Hunter Dimick- 2 star DE #141

Dimick has turned himself into a pudgy kid without a true position into a quick-twitch rush end that opposing teams fear. His 2014 season produced double digit sacks, and while 2015 wasn't up to par due to injuries, he's primed for a big year in 2016.

Re-ranking: 4 star

Delshawn McClellon- 3 star WR #152

McClellon had some attitude issues upon his arrival at Utah and struggled to break into the rotation. He finishes his career with only 10 catches, never able to make an impact.

Re-ranking: 2 stars

Chase Hansen- 3 star OLB #44

Hansen redshirted as a freshman, then served a mission, came back and grabbed the #3 QB job before moving over to safety midway through the 2015 season, where he was effective. An injury ended his season and his future position is stil up in the air. Regardless of where he ends up, expect Hansen to be very impactful.

Re-ranking: Incomplete

Austin Lee- 3 star S #66

Lee served a mission and returned for the 2015 season. He'll figure into the two deep in 2016 at the safety spot and have a chance at being a starter by 2017.

Re-ranking: Incomplete

Sione Tupuoata- 4 star DE JC

Tupuoata never got things done in the classroom and was unable to qualify academically.

Re-ranking: 0 stars

Travis Wilson- 3 star QB #27

Wilson ended up being a four year starter at Utah and holds several Ute passing records, but didn't progress much from his freshman year to his senior year. The So-Cal kid overcame some injuries, including one that was life-threatening, and was always a warrior on the field, but up and down play kept him from taking Utah to greater heights.

Re-ranking: 3 stars

Players that met their ranking- 3

Players that exceeded their ranking- 5

Players that didn't meet their ranking- 13

Incomplete- 5

Injured- 2


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