Utah Recruiting Reset- Offense

The impending move to the Pac 10 in 2011 is obviously having a big affect as Utah has been able to land elite players from California and Texas, beating out Pac 10, Big 12, and Big 10 schools to do so. Here is where the Utes currently stand with their 2011 recruiting class:


Derrick Brown out of California recently committed to the Utes over offers from San Diego State and Colorado State. Brown is an intriguing dual-threat quarterback with his size and athleticism. He's unpolished at the moment, but after a redshirt year and time working with current QB coach Brian Johnson, Brown could be the QB of the future. With his size though, don't be surprised if he is turned into a tight end or defensive end at some point if QB doesn't work out.

The coaches would like to bring in one more quarterback in the class with Terrence Cain graduating and the unknown that is the Tyler Shreve situation. Two uncommitted players with Utah offers remain in Josh Grady and B.J. Sherrill. Both look to be long shots at this point.

Don't sleep on Colorado commit Brock Berglund, especially if Colorado has a coaching change, which is a strong possibility. Berglund is a top 15 quarterback in the country in my eyes and was high on the Utes before making his verbal commitment. Utah was able to lure Buffalo commit Jordan Wynn two years ago. Don't be surprised if they do the same with Berglund.

Running Back

Jarrell Oliver out of Texas is a real steal for Morgan Scalley and company. Oliver is the 33rd ranked back in the country and a three star prospect that has offers from Michigan and Minnesota, among others.

The Utes will bring in one more running back in the class, with their eye on the big prize in Harvey Langi out of South Jordan. Langi is a bruising runner with above average speed and moves. He has offers from all over the country, but is likely Utah's to lose. Langi could arrive in 2011 and compete for a starting spot from day 1.

Other uncommitted players with Utah offers are Tevin Williams, Brandon Wright, and Kenny Farrow. Williams appears to be looking at bigger schools, but Wright and Farrow remain strong possibilities.

Wide Receiver and Tight End

Utah has a plethora of young talent at the wide receiver position currently on the roster. With three commitments already, they probably won't add anymore unless it is an elite player.

Charles Henderson looks to be the best of the bunch at the moment. He's a bit undersized and doesn't have great speed, but is dangerous in space. He chose the Utes over Colorado and SMU.

Local boy Travis Still joins teammate Isaac Asiata in pledging to the Utes. Still, a two star receiver with good size, also has an offer from BYU.

Nate Fakahafua is another local kid out of Highland High with tremendous size at 6'5" that the coaches are excited to have.

Richard Mulaney out of California is a great route runner with good hands that makes plays has a Utah offer and is a hidden gem. The Utes would be thrilled to land him.

Other uncommitted players with offers are Jordan Richards, Romon Bridges, Imhotep Coleman, Rayshon Williams, and Rahsaan Vaughn.

The Utes also have an offer out to Colorado tight end Joe Kawulok, who is more of a tight end/receiver hybrid.

Offensive Line

The crown jewel of the class right now is OG Isaac Asiata, the Utes first commitment in the 2011 class, coming all the way back in January. The local product out of Spanish Fork is currently rated as the 10th best offensive guard in the country and a four star prospect. With seniors Zane Taylor and Caleb Schlauderoff leaving after the 2010 season, Asiata will be able to come in and compete for a spot immediately in 2011 at either the guard or tackle positions.

Utah's most recent commitment comes from another OG in Siaosi Aiono out of Covina, California. The Utes beat out BYU and a host of others for the services of Aiono, considered one of the top LDS players in the country. Aiono is a big kid that needs to add upper body strength and lose some bad weight, but is great get for the Utes. He plans on taking a mission either before or after is freshman year, which could dictate whether or not he redshirts.

The Utes also have verbal commitments from offensive lineman Dan Kristensen and Daniel Nielson.

Expect the Utes to try to bring in at least one more lineman, most likely at the tackle spot. Ryker Matthews is an underrated prospect that the Utes are high on. Ari Uzo-Okereke is another player that is a strong possibility.

Other uncommitted players with offers include Jonah Austin, Akeem Gonzales.

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