Signing day: Biographies of 2012 Utah Utes football recruiting class

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 1 2012 2:33 p.m. MST

Plans to serve a church mission before joining the Utes ... 2010-11 Maui News Maui Interscholastic League Male Athlete of the Year and two-time MIL Defensive Player of the Year ... led Baldwin High (Hawaii) to the 2011 state semifinal game ... three-sport MIL All-Star as a junior in 2010-11 (football, basketball and track and field) ... played for four MIL Division I titles as a junior: in football, basketball, volleyball and track and field, where he won league crowns in the shot put and discus ... placed fourth in the shot put at the 2011 state track and field meet ... when he enrolls at Utah, he will be the first in his family of six children to attend college ... son of Pone Pate and Nola Pasini ... name is pronounced pa-sony tah-see-nee ... born May 31, 1993.

Justin Thomas, West Orange-Stark (Texas) HS, 5-9, 165, DB.

First-team all-district in 2010 ... Rivals.com four-star cornerback did not play in 2011 because he was older than the University Interscholastic League's maximum age requirement ... District "Newcomer of the Year" as a sophomore ... ran for West Orange-Stark High's (Texas) three-time 3A state track championship team (2009-11) ... 2011 state 200-meter champion ... 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams set state 3A record ... 2011 MVP Super Gold in track ... son of Larnell Jr. and Valerie Thomas ... both parents went to Lamar University where his father ran track ... one brother and one sister ... full name is Justin Tremaine Thomas ... nickname is J.T. ... born Sept 15, 1991.

Sione Tupouata, Snow College, 6-4, 255, DL.

Originally signed with Utah in 2010 before heading to Snow College ... played one year at Snow and comes to Utah with three years to play three ... totaled 55 tackles and eight tackles for loss and six sacks in 2010 ... in high school, he was the conference MVP in 2009 and Oakland Athletic League's Defensive MVP in 2008 ... first-team all-East Bay in 2008 and 2009 ... rushed for 380 yards and two touchdowns in the league championship game ... led Fremont High (Calif.) to the 2009 OAL Silver Bowl Championship ... Fremont High also won the conference title ... son of Naisa and Liliani Tupouata .... two sisters ... full name is Sione Otusia Tupouata (pronounced see-oh-nay too-poe-ah-tah) ... born May 2, 1991.

Vaha Vainuku, East HS, 6-3, 285, DL.

Plans to serve a church mission before joining the Utes ... two-time all-state offensive lineman (2010-11) will play defensive tackle at Utah ... plans to go on a church mission before enrolling in school ... anchored a line at East High (Utah) that produced four 1,000-yard rushers from 2010-11 ... also lettered in basketball and track and field ... 2011 Utah 4A state shot put champion (50-03.25) ... only child is the son of Vaha and Siupeli Vainuku (pronounced vy-ee-new-koo) ... cousin Soma Vainuku plays football for USC ... born Oct. 21, 1993.

Travis Wilson, San Clemente (Calif.) HS, 6-6, 210, QB.

Rated the 11th best overall quarterback by Rivals.com and 17th by Scout.com ... 2011 All-Orange County and All-South Coast League ... 21-5 as the starting quarterback for San Clemente High (Calif.) ... set school career records for passing yards (4,320) and total offense (5,244) ... 36 career touchdown passes and 13 career rushing TDs ... completed 62% of his passes in high school ... rushed for 924 yards ... his senior year, he passed for 2,289 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 467 yards and nine TDs ... San Clemente made the CIF-SS Pac-5 Championship game and finished with a 12-2 record, a No. 4 state and No. 17 national ranking in 2011 ... as a junior in 2010, he passed for 2,031 yards and 12 touchdowns, and rushed for 457 yards and four touchdowns ... also started for the league championship volleyball team in 2010 ... three letters in football and two in volleyball ... National Football Foundation Orange County Scholar-Athlete Award ... son of Tim and JoMarie Wilson ... both parents graduated from San Diego State where his father played football and his mother played softball ... one brother and one sister ... enjoys beach volleyball and surfing ... full name is Travis James Wilson ... born Dec. 14, 1993.

Kelvin York, Fullerton (Calif.) College, 5-11, 225, RB.

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