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National Signing Day is here. The UteZone staff breaks down the next batch of future Utes as the LOIs come in...

National Signing Day has finally arrived. With several prospects still on the board, UteZone is your one stop shop for breaking news and analysis of all of the day's developments. We'll be updating this page throughout the day with scouting reports and film on all of the signees as LOIs roll in. 

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

https://www.scout.com/player/191990-tyquez-hampton?s=365

Scouting Report: Hampton had a big senior season, and it’s easy to see why on film. First of all, he’s huge. He has a college football-ready body. He’s a solid route runner and has terrific hands, with the ability to catch the ball in traffic. He’s relentless and isn’t afraid to go through defenders to get the first down or score. He’s not going to be the fastest guy off the line, but Hampton is a long strider that will be able to run past defenders once he has a head of steam. Hampton’s game is reminiscent of former Ute/Houston Texan Anthony Denham. He’ll have a chance to put up big numbers in Troy Taylor’s offense.

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https://www.scout.com/player/196399-corrion-ballard?s=365

Scouting Report: Utah needed immediate help at the safety spot and they got it in Ballard can slide in next to Chase Hansen in the back. Ballard was one of the most sought after junior college defensive backs in the country and the Utes got a good one that has great size and can cover a lot of ground. Ballard is already on campus and his spring performance should give him the reps he needs to help keep Utah’s secondary in a position to again be one of the best in the conference.

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https://www.scout.com/player/189513-jordan-agasiva?s=365

Scouting Report: Agasiva is a massive human being at 6 foot 3 and 345 pounds. It’s a good thing he’s already on campus as the JC transfer will need to drop some weight to get himself in proper condition for spring ball. With multiple openings on the offensive line this fall for the Utes, Agasiva looks like he should be one of the front-runners to grab a spot in the rotation, most likely at the left guard spot in place of the departed Isaac Asiata. Want to have a little fun? Go find some film of Agasiva getting down the field as a run-blocker. How a man of that size moves that quickly is beyond me.

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http://www.scout.com/player/200000-michael-richardson?s=365

Scouting Report: Richardson was far and away the best in-state offensive lineman in the class of 2017. A long levered tackle prospect that had multiple Pac-12 offers, Richardson is expected to be a contributor down the line for the Utes. He already has solid footwork and a nice punch coming off the line, and should improve his technique dramatically under Jim Harding’s tutelage. Richardson will most likely redshirt his first year at Utah to put  on weight and increase his strength, but he’s a solid addition to the OBlock unit. 

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http://www.scout.com/player/188304-jason-shelley?s=365

Scouting Report: With all the madness of signing day, it’s easy to forget about players who have committed earlier on in the recruiting process. Shelley committed to the Utes in July of 2016 and has remained solidly committed to Utah since then. He led one of the more impressive high school offenses in Texas at Frisco Lone Star where he amassed over 14,000 total yards in 4 years. Shelley possesses outstanding vision and excels at keeping his eyes downfield. He is also a great athlete who has the ability to make plays with his feet as plays break down but looks to make plays with his arm before attempting to run.

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http://www.scout.com/player/204120-jaylen-dixon?s=365

Scouting Report: Dixon is the high school teammate of quarterback commit Jason Shelley. A speedy wide receiver with a reported 40 yard dash time of 4.35 and 100 meter time of 10.38. Dixon is one of those rare athletes who doesn’t look like he is moving very fast, but at the same time he is outrunning every person on the field. Dixon’s high school team used him in a number of ways including in the slot, in the backfield and on the outside. He is elusive and creates good separation in his route running. 

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http://www.scout.com/player/205976-orlando-umana?s=365

Scouting Report: In terms of raw talent, Umana is one of the best offensive linemen on the West coast. He has offers from a bulk of the Pac-12, and rightfully so. He’s big, athletic and is a punishing blocker - especially when he’s able to get to the second level. Umana is adept at pulling and should pick up Utah’s run blocking schemes fairly quickly. He needs to work on his footwork in pass protection, but he’s got enough athleticism and talent to develop into a strong contributor early in his career. Grant High School in Sacramento has been kind to the Utes over the past few years, and Umana will keep that trend going. 

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http://www.scout.com/player/205046-john-penisini?s=365

Scouting Report: Penisini is the next in a long line of former Snow College defensive tackles to take his game to Utah, and the Utah defensive staff is fired up about what he brings to the table. He didn’t get the hype that many recruits receive since he sat out last season in order to get his academics in order. That said, Penisini is an ideal fit for Utah’s defensive line. He was Snow’s best defensive tackle as a freshman, and has a knack for firing off the ball quickly and disrupting the interior of the offensive line. Penisini reminds us a lot of former Ute/current Charger Tenny Palepoi, and big things are expected of him up on the hill. 

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http://www.scout.com/player/204068-bryan-thompson?s=365

Scouting Report: Thompson was a big signing day win for the Utes, who held off late pushes from Oregon and UCLA to land the big wideout. Given Utah’s need for playmakers at the receiver position, Thompson is arguably one of the more important recruits in the class. He’s a big receiver with tremendous speed and athleticism, and was one of the premier deep threats in Southern California this season. Combined with the fact that Thompson is relatively new to football, and Utah has added a badly-needed receiving threat with fantastic potential to develop into an elite Pac-12 playmaker.

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http://www.scout.com/player/205898-t-j-green?s=365

Scouting Report: Green is a dynamic athlete and a very good natural runner. He’s about as good of a fit in Coach Taylor’s new offense as you could ask for. Green has very good vision, not only seeing the play develop at the line of scrimmage, but also the play developing behind the line of scrimmage before he even hits the hole. He see’s the cutback lanes and also is very good at creating those cutback opportunities. He’s a very good receiver, very good. He can catch the ball at all levels of the field, whether behind the line or 5-10 yards past the line of scrimmage or even going deep, he can make all those catches, that’s a huge plus. Green is a very impressive athlete. He’s quick, fast, and fluid, he has no problem changing directions at full speed and can make guys miss in tight quarters. Simply put, he’s a very good athlete overall and a home run threat every time he touches the ball. 

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http://www.scout.com/player/199787-javelin-guidry?s=365

Scouting Report: Speed baby. Speed. Guidry looks to be Utah’s fastest player in the 2017 class and along with Jaylon Johnson, creates a pretty dynamic cornerback duo, both hailing from California. The 38th ranked corner in the country brings decent size at 5 foot 10 and 180 pounds, but it’s his combination of speed and ball skills that make him so intriguing. With great hips and the ability to recover, Guidry not only should earn early playing time, but has a chance to start as a true freshman with Utah’s depleted secondary due to gradation.

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http://www.scout.com/player/193710-taniela-pututau?s=365

Scouting Report: Taniela Pututau is the third Pututau brother to commit to play at the University of Utah. Older brothers, Howard (2013) and Fu’a (2016) all pledged to play for Utah, with Howard on the team and Fu’a currently serving an LDS mission. Taniela has great size and athleticism and moves very fluidly. Played on both sides of the ball his junior year at Cottonwood before tearing his ACL and missing his senior season. He is projected to play defensive end at Utah with the possibility of playing tight end at the Y position in new Utah offensive coordinator Troy Taylor’s offense.

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http://www.scout.com/player/212804-devin-lloyd?s=365

Scouting Report: Utah had room for one linebacker in this class, and Lloyd was their choice. Although he mostly played receiver in high school, Lloyd has the frame and tools to be a solid linebacker at the Pac-12 level. He’s got excellent speed and athleticism, and he wasn’t afraid to put a hat on someone when he got reps at safety. He’ll likely need a redshirt year to bulk up and learn the defense, but he’s got a high ceiling reminiscent of former Ute/Steeler Stevenson Sylvester.

 

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http://www.scout.com/player/205727-mo-unutoa?s=365

Scouting Report: Unutoa is a long levered tackle that has great athleticism, but also plays with a nice mean streak in the run game. He has good bend for his size, but will need add strength once he gets to Utah. The best comparison for Unutoa is former OT Sam Tevi. Both are built very similarly and are very athletic. With his frame, it’s easy to see Unutoa ending up at 300-310lbs without losing any of the quickness or agility that makes him a good tackle prospect. 

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http://www.scout.com/player/197441-aliki-vimahi?s=365

Scouting Report: Vimahi was the best defensive end in the state of Hawaii this year. He’s big, fires off the ball quickly, has tremendous strength and is relentless in the pass rush. His game is reminiscent of current Ute Filipo Mokofisi, and he’ll likely be used in a similar role at Utah where he could potentially play either defensive end or tackle, depending on how he bulks up. Vimahi is planning on playing a year before deciding whether to serve a two year LDS mission. 

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

Scouting Report: Although many schools had offered him as an offensive tackle because of his length, Ford will join the Utes as a defensive tackle. On film, Ford is a disruptive tackle that is much quicker than would be expected with his 6-foot-5 inch frame. He’s tremendously strong and could capably handle double teams with consistency at the high school level. He also has good instincts for filling the hole and is a solid tackler. 

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http://www.scout.com/player/207764-tareke-lewis?s=365

Scouting Report: When you think of defensive backs at Utah, you think of tall, long, athletic players in the mold of Eric Rowe, Keith McGill, and Sean Smith. Tareke has that kind of size and athleticism, and could be another good one to come through the Utah program. His athleticism is very good, he’s quick, fluid, and has very good long speed. He shows the ability to read and react quickly, breaking on short throws with a strong burst. He shows good awareness in zone coverage, but he’s best when he can go man-to-man and just run with the receiver. He’s not the most imposing figure or the strongest tackler, that will have to improve a great deal by next fall. 

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http://www.scout.com/player/188033-marquise-blair?s=365

Scouting Report: Violence and speed would be the two words to describe Marquise Blair’s playing style. At roughly 6’3-200lbs, Blair has the size and speed to play in the box as a linebacker, or play coverage as a strong safety, but excelled at Dodge City Community College coming off the edge in run support. His versatility gives the Utah defense a new added dimension, being able to get more speed on the field without sacrificing strength and power in run defense. Blair’s main position at Utah will be strong safety, but look for Coach Scalley to use him all over the field. Blair’s speed and quickness combined with his aggression and strength makes him an incredibly valuable addition to the Ute defense.

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http://www.scout.com/player/200039-jaylon-johnson?s=365

Scouting Report: First thing that needs to be understood is Jaylon Johnson is an elite prospect, do not take that lightly. Johnson has a very good chance to start from day one, and eventually work his way to the NFL. He is an impressive athlete for a kid his size, not only does he have great top end speed, but he has tremendous quickness and an explosive change of direction. That athleticism allows Johnson to be patient with his reads while in coverage, which is a very important trait. He’s a very physical player, using his length and athleticism very well in press coverage. 


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