Analysis: Utes land three star defender

Utah landed a versatile athlete for the defensive side of the ball in Devin Lloyd...

Utah added a high potential piece to its recruiting class in Otay Ranch (Calif.) linebacker Devin Lloyd. After picking up an offer from the Utes last week and visiting Salt Lake City over the weekend, Lloyd wasted little time deciding where he wanted to play when he announced he committed to the Utes on Sunday.

Prior to his commitment to the Utes, Lloyd had recently decommitted from UNLV. Fred Whittingham, Lloyd's primary recruiter for the Utes, did a tremendous job quickly developing a relationship with the big athlete, selling him on what it meant to be a Ute. Lloyd is a raw prospect, but his potential is through the roof.

What He Brings to the Table

Lloyd is a 6-foot-4 inch, 210 pound safety/wide receiver, but will come to Utah as a linebacker or possibly even a defensive end. The first thing that stands out about Lloyd is his frame, it’s huge. It’s very easy to see him adding another 20-30 pounds, while maintaining his athleticism. As a football player, Lloyd has pretty impressive ball skills which should serve him well as a linebacker at the next level. Although he’s not an overly explosive athlete, he covers a lot of ground in a hurry once he gets going. Those two traits will benefit him as looks to transition to linebacker in the Pac-12.

What He Means for the Class

Lloyd is the 12th commitment of the class and while linebacker wasn’t necessarily a big need in terms of numbers, an upgrade in talent on the depth chart became pretty evident as the season came to a close. He is not someone expected to come in and contribute right away, but the fact the Utes staff thought he was worthy of a spot in such a limited class, speaks volumes about his potential. 

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