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Utes host first big January visit weekend

Utes to host six official visitors to begin their final push to signing day

It's going to be a busy January for Utah football. The action kicks off this weekend, as the Utes host a handful of high profile recruits on the first official visit weekend of 2017. With several openings still in play, Utah is pushing hard for several of this weekend's visitors, and the visit could set the tone for what the Utah staff does over the next two weeks. Today, UteZone breaks down this weekend's visitors and where they stand:

Marquise Blair

http://www.scout.com/college/utah/player/188033-marquise-blair

Considering: Utah, Michigan State, Syracuse

Notes: Extremely talented JUCO safety/linebacker prospect would add immediate depth to the Utah defense. Utah is considered the frontrunner at this point. 

Javelin Guidry

http://www.scout.com/college/utah/player/199787-javelin-guidry

Considering: Utah, Texas

Notes: Speedy prospect has Utah and Texas in his final two. He was once committed to Houston before Tom Herman moved to Texas, and the Longorns are pushing for him. Utah needs to make a strong impression this weekend. 

Daniel Green

http://www.scout.com/college/utah/player/201544-daniel-green

Considering: Utah, Kansas State, Oregon State

Notes: Former USC commit has the Utes in his final three. The talented linebacker is expected to visit his final three schools before making a signing day decision. 

Nick Ford

http://www.scout.com/player/209111-nick-ford/recruiting?year=2016&s=365

Considering: Utah, Washington, Cal, Arizona, Oregon State

Notes: Talented California lineman has Utah among his favorites. A decision isn't expected until shortly before signing day. Could potentially play offensive or defensive line. 

Alden Tofa

http://www.scout.com/college/utah/player/203774-alden-tofa

Considering: Utah, BYU, Oregon, UCLA

Notes: Tofa is one of the better in-state defensive linemen in the 2017 class. He's considered a heavy BYU lean, but will visit Utah this weekend to take a final look at the Utes. 

DeAndre Wilder

http://www.scout.com/college/utah/player/192861-deandre-wilder

Considering: Miami Commit

Notes: Miami commit will visit Utah this weekend and Oregon next weekend before making a final decision. It's probably a long shot to expect the Utes to flip him, but they'll look to make a strong impression with the four star South Florida prospect. 

UteZone will follow up with these prospects post-visit to get the latest on where they stand with their recruitment. 


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