Utes sign solid, versatile class

The Utes signed two players on Wednesday and await a Letter of Intent on a third. Their 2007 class may not be highly rated, but accomplishes a few different things.

The Class bolsters the front line and gives the Utes some flexibility. Morgan Grim and Nemanja Calasan are both post players, but they are different types of inside guys.

Calsan is a 240 pounder who looks to be a big, thick inside presence, while Grim is a very athletic skilled power forward.

The 6-7 Grim is a three-star recruit by Scout.com and could be a bit underrated. He's very mobile for a kid his size, but is not afraid to battle down low. Grim may not have a ton of accolades or a lot of high major offers, but he has the skills to become an impact player for the Utes. He was especially impressive that the Arizona Cactus Classic where he led the Utah Pump N Run to an upset of the much heralded Southern California All-Stars that boasted elite prospects Taylor King and Brandon Jennings.

More importatntly for the Utes, for the second straight year they keep a well regarded local big man in state. The year before they signed Daniel Deane.

Brown is a very versatile combo guard that can play either backcourt spot. Brown is a player who can either get teammates involved or take over as a scorer. He has a nice feel for the game and makes good decisions.

The Utes have not gotten a Letter of Intent from Calasan yet. The junior college big man is originally from Serbia and must get a parent to sign the letter because he is under the age of 21.

Coaches cannot comment on recruits until their letters are signed and the NCAA mandates that schools only hold one press event to announce signings.

The Class:
Carlon Brown – 6-3/174/CG – Martin Luther King High School; Riverside, CA
Nemanja Calasan – 6-9/240/C – Midland JC; Midland, TX
Morgan Grim – 6-7/200/PF – Riverton HS; Riverton, UT

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