The Utes are no stranger to non-late or traditional additions to their roster, and on Sunday, they added another with WR/RB Derrick Vickers.
After a very quiet recruitment up until the week of signing day, things picked up quickly for Vickers. And Ute receivers coach Guy Holliday and the rest of the offensive staff were able to get him in on an official visit this past weekend to seal the deal and convince him to commit. “It was somewhat frustrating going through the recruiting process like I did, but I just continued to work and do what I do, and just play ball. It all worked out and I’m very grateful for this opportunity Utah gave me,” Vickers said.
It was the visit that sold Vickers on the prospects of spending the rest of his career in Salt Lake City. “I actually loved [my visit]. I loved Salt Lake City, the campus. The facilities were amazing and the coaching staff,” Vickers said. “Coach Holliday called me a couple days before signing day, we messaged back & forth. Then he called me on signing day and offered me and wanted me to come on a visit, and now, you know, here we are.”
Although he surprisingly flew under the radar, Vickers is an athletic and talented playmaker in the same mold of former Ute Cory Butler-Byrd. Playing a major role in Bakersfield’s offense, Vickers was used in every role imaginable - from outside receiver, to slot receiver, to running back, and wildcat quarterback. In 11 games for Bakersfield last season, Vickers led the team in rushing with 784 yards, receiving with 894 yards, and touchdowns with 20 total. His versatility and athleticism give Utah the type of athlete that has found tremendous success at Utah.
“I think I’m a great fit at Utah and in their new offense,” Vickers said. “I’m a good leader on the field first and foremost, and really, I’m just a playmaker with the ball in my hands. They want me to play slot. They want to move me around, play on the outside, play in the backfield, return punts and kicks, so pretty similar to how i was used at Bakersfield.”
A lot has been made of the impact Coach Taylor and his new offense has had on the Utes recruiting class since his hiring, and Vickers credits Coach Taylor a great deal for his decision to commit. “Taylor is a great dude, I think he knows what he’s doing. He had 3 receivers over a 1000 yards, which me as a receiver I love hearing that, and he’s a down to earth kind of guy, I’m excited to get to work with him,” he explained.
Vickers plans on signing sometime this week at his old high school. After signing, Vickers will still have some work to take care of with his academics. He plans on joining the team in July.