Signing day: Biographies of 2012 Utah Utes football recruiting class

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 1 2012 9:00 a.m. MST

2011 Parade All-American as an all-purpose player ... only Parade All-American from the state of Utah in 2011 ... 2011 Class 5A Player of the Year (Salt Lake Tribune), Mr. Football (Deseret News) and Utah Gatorade Player of the Year ... 2011 region MVP ... second-team all-state as a junior and first-team as a senior ... quarterbacked Lone Peak High to a 14-0 record and the Utah Class 5A state championship as a senior in 2011 when he passed for 3,066 yards and 38 touchdowns, while completing 191-of-319 attempts ... also had 180 rushes for 1,404 yards (7.8 average) and 16 touchdowns ... averaged 219.0 yards passing and 100.3 yards rushing a game in 2011 ... passed for 242 yards and three touchdowns in 41-21 win over Fremont High in the 2011 state title game ... played 27 games in his high school career, passing for 4,878 yards and 52 touchdowns (15 interceptions) ... U.S. Air Force National Player of the Week after Lone Peak snapped Bingham High's 31-game win streak ... won two Region IV championships at Lone Peak ... also lettered four years in basketball and played for Lone Peak's 2011 state champion team ... one letter in baseball ... academic all-region ... son of Brian and Pamela Hansen ... father played football at BYU, lettering in 1978 and 1981-82 ... has four brothers and three sisters ... uncle Randy Hansen lettered on Utah's football team from 1968-70 ... uncle Bruce Hansen lettered in football at BYU in 1981 and 1985-86, and played for the New England Patriots in 1987 ... cousin Colby Hansen was a freshman on BYU's 2011 team ... enjoys ping pong, reading and wakeboarding ... born May 20, 1993.

Reshawn Hooker, A.B. Miller (Calif.) HS, 6-2, 200, LB.

First-team all-Citrus Belt League, first-team All-Inland Area, first-team All-Valley (2010-11) ... led A.B. Miller High (Calif.) with 112 tackles as a senior in 2011 (11.2 tackles per game), with eight sacks, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries ... also rushed 21 times, averaging 5.71 yards per carry, caught two passes for 45 yards and returned three kickoffs for 45 yards ... attended Arroyo Valley High (Calif.) his first three years of high school before transferring to A.B. Miller, where he played for his uncle (coach Marcus Soward) his senior year ... named to the L.A. Times' Top High School Linebackers for 2011 ... ESPN HS 2011 preseason first-team all-Inland Empire ... ESPN rated him the 21st-best outside linebacker in the country ... also lettered in track ... took A.P. English and history his junior and senior year ... hobbies include reading and writing ... son of Darious Hooker and Tanika Soward ... three brothers ... nickname is Shawn ... born Feb. 2, 1994.

Jake Jackson, La Costa Canyon (Calif.) HS, 6-3, 205, LB.

Plans to serve a church mission before joining the Utes ... first-team All-Avocado West League and All-San Diego Section defense as a senior in 2011 .... won player of the week three times ... linebacker and tight end made 103 tackles with 11 sacks and had 20 receptions for 362 yards in 2011 ... as a junior, he had 31 receptions for 424 yards and four touchdowns ... chosen as the tight end for the San Diego CIF All-Star team that played in the PrepStar California Classic All-Star Game ... team awards included Mavericks Player of the Week, Offensive Player of the Week and Hit of the Week ... La Costa Canyon High (Calif.) won the league title two years in a row ... made the Principal's List all four years ... son of Chris and Johnna Jackson .... both parents went to BYU ... two brothers and one sister ... hobbies include beach volleyball, skiing and wakeboarding ... born Oct. 11, 1993 in Provo, Utah.

Lio Lafaele, Centennial (Calif.) HS, 6-4, 315, OL.

First-team all-Big 8 League, first-team All-Inland Area and first-team All-CIF ... final overall blocking grade of 77% for a Centennial High (Calif.) team that averaged over 300 yards a game rushing in 2011 ... helped Centennial to a 14-1 record, the CIF Championship and a No. 20 national ranking as a junior in 2010 ... Centennial was 12-2 in 2011 ... son of Filipo and Sose Lafaele ... one brother and one sister ... likes to play rugby ... full name is Jocelee Ilaho Lafaele and he goes by Lio (name is pronounced leo la-fa-ell-lay) ... born Aug. 11, 1994 in Salt Lake City.

Austin Lee, Alta HS, Sandy 6-0, 185, S.

Plans to serve a church mission before joining the Utes ... two-time first-team all-state safety (2010-11) ... lettered all four years at Alta High (Utah) and played as a freshman on Alta's 2008 5A state championship team ... Alta won the region title in 2009 and 2011 ... three-year starter ... as a junior, he totaled 101 tackles, two sacks, one interception, 14 pass breakups and two forced fumbles ... his senior year, he led Alta with 41 tackles, a half sack, an interception, 9 pass breakups and a fumble recovery ... made the all-tournament team at the 2009 and 2010 Badger Elite Tournament in Las Vegas (named one of the top 21 overall performers) ... honor roll student ... son of Doug and Jan Lee ... father played baseball at Utah, lettering in 1984 ... grandfather Gordon Lee played football at Utah from 1959-61 and coached the Ute running backs from 1964-65 ... has two brothers and one sister ... enjoys snowboarding and wakeboarding ... born Dec. 16, 1993.

Koliniasi Leota, Mount San Antonio (Calif.) College, 6-5, 260, OL.

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