Editor's note: Player biographies are provided by Utah Athletics.
QB — 6-2 — 192 — Fr. — HS — Pasadena, Calif. (Pasadena HS)
Early high school graduate is already enrolled in classes at Utah. He led the league in passing as a junior in 2011, completing 151-249 attempts for 2,697 yards and 26 touchdowns (just five interceptions). He's ranked fourth in the league in rushing in 2011, rushing 96 times for 562 yards and eight touchdowns. He played just two games in 2012 due to a foot injury. He set Pasadena High School record with 43 total touchdowns. He was named 2011 second-team all-area by the Pasadena Star-Tribune. He also played basketball and baseball (pitcher and centerfielder), was Pasadena High vice president and won the presidential academic award in 2010 and 2011. He's the son of Brian and Shavown Cox. His father is a parks and recreation director. He has one brother and one sister. His sister Brittany is a high school English teacher. He was born Feb. 4, 1995.
WR — 5-10 — 170 — Fr. — HS — Lakewood, Calif. (Lakewood HS)
Played in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl. He missed five games his senior season with an ankle injury, finishing with 18 catches for 285 yards and two touchdowns. His best season was in 2011, when he finished with 31 receptions for 472 yards (15.2 average) and six touchdowns. He also rushed four times for 89 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. His sophomore season, he had 17 catches for 217 yards (15.9 average) and four TDs. He had 66 career receptions for 974 yards and 12 TDs. He is the son of Derrick Shepherd and Carrel Lewis and has five brothers and two sisters. His name is pronounced ex-zay-vee-er. He was born June 16, 1995.
DB — 6-1 — 213 — Jr. — JC — Los Angeles (L.A. Southwest College)
Has two years to play two. He originally signed with Cal, redshirting in 2010 as a highly ranked wide receiver. He transferred to L.A. Southwest College, where he played safety. He was named the 2011 and 2012 SCFA first-team all-conference safety. He was L.A. Southwest's leading defender as a sophomore in 2012 and had 62 tackles (3 TFL), three interceptions, four pass breakups and a forced fumble. In 2011, he had 32 tackles (3 TFL, 1 sack), two interceptions, four pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He was named a four-star receiver by both Rivals and Scout as a prep player at Santee HS (Calif.). He was named to the SuperPrep All-Far West team, was Southern League Defensive Player of the Year and made the first-team all-city (L.A.) in 2008 and 2009. As a senior in 2009, he had 42 receptions for 1,117 yards and eight touchdowns while also contributing 84 tackles, two interceptions and four forced fumbles. During his junior season, he finished with 28 receptions for 833 yards and 11 TDs, 119 tackles, five fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He also lettered in basketball and track. He placed third in the state in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the 100 meters as a junior. He won the Los Angeles City title in the 200 and placed second in the 100 as a senior. He clocked a 10.61-second 100 meters and had a 200 time of 21.21 seconds, which was the second-fastest time in California in 2009. He made the honor roll his senior year. He is the son of the late Hilbert Carter and Rosalind Wright and has three siblings. His brother, Trae Jackson, played football at San Jose State, and another brother, Tim Carter, played football at Alcorn State. His full name is Tevin D. Carter.
DE — 6-3 — 229 — Fr. — HS — Woods Cross, Utah (Woods Cross HS)
He was first-team 4A all-state (Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News) and first-team all-region 6. He had 49 tackles, six sacks, one interception his senior year. He also plays basketball, averaging 8.1 points per game as a junior. He is the son of Filipo Mokofisi Sr. and Maria Tonga. His father was an all-Western Athletic Conference linebacker for Utah, where he lettered from 1982-85. His name is pronounced fill-ee-po moko-fee-see. He was born March 26, 1995.
WR — 5-10 — 152 — Fr. — HS — Los Angeles (Crenshaw HS)
He was named the Los Angeles Times and The Wave all-area, the Los Angeles City Section Defensive Player of the Year and the 2012 Coliseum League Player of the Year. He had eight interceptions his senior season while playing wide receiver and cornerback at Crenshaw High. He was team captain. As a junior in 2011, he had 33 receptions for 586 yards (17.8 average) and four touchdowns, rushed nine times for 110 yards (12.2 average), had 25 tackles and three pass breakups and averaged 29.8 yards on five punt returns. Crenshaw won the 2012 L.A. City League title in 2010 and went 12-2 in 2012. He is the son of De'Wayne Coleman and Meka Stokes. He was born Dec. 13, 1994.
RB — 5-9 — 171 — Fr. — HS — Houston (Nimitz HS)
He was a Housronicle Top 100 Recruit. He made first-team all-district as a senior and second-tton Cheam as a junior. He rushed 149 times for 1,140 yards and 10 touchdowns last fall. He was the state 5A 400 meter runner-up as a junior in 2012. He was 5A Region III 400 meter champion in 2011 and 2012, ran a 47.84 and qualified for state twice in the 400 meters and also with Nimitz High's 1,600 meter relay team. He is the son of LaChanda Malone and (stepfather) Carlos Malone. His brother, Selvin Young, played for Texas and in the NFL for the Denver Broncos. He enjoys drawing. His name is pronounced dray-vee-ahn. He was born Dec. 18, 1993.
DT — 6-2 — 296 — Jr. - JC — Huntington Beach, Calif. (Golden West College)
Has two years to play two. He was selected in 2012 as first-team all-conference defensive tackle and Golden West College team captain. He had 22 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks in seven games his sophomore season. He played both offensive and defensive line for Fountain Valley High School (Calif.). He was on the first team of the all-Sunset League in 2009 and played in the North-South All-Star Game in July 2010. He is the son of Salesa Ianu and Debbie Ianu. He has three brothers. His cousin, Mike Iupati, plays for the San Francisco 49ers. His full name is Ulisese Misili Ianu, and the name is pronounced seh-seh ee-ah-new. He was born Aug. 12, 1990, in American Samoa.
DT — 6-5 — 274 — Fr. — HS — Westminster, Calif. (Westminster HS)
He was the Golden West League 2012 Defensive Player of the Year and was all-CIF Southern Section Southern Division defender. He also played tight end and took some snaps at quarterback for Westminster High. He had six touchdown catches in 2011. Westminster won the 2012 Golden West League championship. He was football and basketball team captain as a senior and recently scored 32 points against Corona High School. He averaged 12.2 points and 5.0 rebounds his junior season and also played volleyball. He is the son of Nofotolunoa and Joann Aiava. His father played football and his mother played volleyball at Golden West College. He has two brothers and four sisters. His last name is pronounced i-yah-vah. He was born May 9, 1995.
RB — 5-11 — 199 — Jr. — JC — Sacramento, Calif. (American River College)
He signed with Washington State out of high school in 2009 and has three years to play two. He was on the first-team All-Valley Conference. He rushed for 1,472 yards and 15 touchdowns and also had nine receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns in 2012. He had kickoff returns of 95 and 94 yards, both for touchdowns, and three kickoff returns for 164 yards (54.7 average) and a touchdown against Santa Rosa. He had 22 carries for 282 yards (12.8 average) and five touchdowns vs. Monterey. He rushed for 793 yards (7.93 average, 79.3 yards per game) and 12 touchdowns as a freshman at American River. He also caught 10 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown and ran back 10 kickoffs for 348 yards and a touchdown (long of 90) in 2011. American River played in the 2012 Northern California Football Association championship game. As as a senior at Grant Union High (Calif.) in 2009, he rushed for 2,884 yards and 45 touchdowns. He was named U.S. Air Force National Player of the Week. In 2009, was first-team MaxPreps All-State Division I, NorCalPreps.com Division I Player of the Year and second-team CalHiSports.com all-state. He was named Sacramento Bee all-Metro in 2008 and 2009 and led Grant High to the 2008 CIF State Open Division state title, leading the team in rushing yards (1,850) and touchdowns (36). He is the son of Ronnie and Francis Booker and was born May 27, 1992.
RB — 5-11 — 212 — Fr. — HS — Las Vegas (Durango HS)
He was All-Northwest League co-Offensive MVP in 2012 and was on the All-Nevada Football team. He beat nearly 1,300 other recruits in April 2012 by recording the highest score at the Nike Football SPARQ Combine in Long Beach, Calif., where he had the top 40-yard dash time (4.43 seconds) and vertical jump (39.4 inches). He had 154 carries for 1,213 yards (7.88 average) and 19 rushing touchdowns (20 total) as a senior at Durango High School. He had 113 yards on 12 carries, including an 80-yard TD, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Division I Sunset Region playoffs, had 259 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Sierra Vista High, and 163 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Spring Valley High. As a junior in 2011, he was eligible to play in only the last three games of the season for Durango after transferring from Bishop Gorman High. He rushed for 237 yards and two touchdowns against Sierra Vista, scored twice against Pahrump Valley and returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown against Desert Oasis in 2011. He played in four games as a sophomore at Bishop Gorman in 2010 before transferring, and also ran track. He is the son of Vincent and Tammera Williams and has one sister and one brother. He was born Aug. 10, 1995.
QB — 6-1 — 200 — Fr. — HS — Lake Forest, Calif. (El Toro HS)
He broke Matt Barkley's Orange Country record for single-season passing yards as a junior in 2011, completing 327-of-527 passes for 4,219 yards and 41 touchdowns (8 interceptions). He had 9,449 career passing yards and ranks second in Orange County history behind Barkley's 9,471 yards. He set the Orange County single-game passing mark with 613 yards (44-of-58) against Valhalla High School in 2012 and also had seven TD passes in that game. As a senior in 2012, he completed 65 percent of his pass attempts (319-of-490) for 4,062 yards and 41 TDs (10 interceptions), including his sophomore season, when he passed for 1,168 yards and six touchdowns. His career totals were 9,449 yards and 88 touchdowns to just 26 interceptions. He was 2011 Orange County Offensive Player of the Year, CIF Southwest division co-Offensive Player of the Year and Sky View League MVP. In 2011, he was first-team Max Preps California Division II all-state and Cal Hi Sports first-team all-state underclassman. He was 2012 second-team Max Preps California Division I all-state, 2012 Rivals.com all-Southern section first team and on the first-team all-Orange County as a junior and senior. He earned three letters in football at El Toro High School and was a two-year team captain. He is the son of Steve and Patty Manning. Both his parents are San Diego State graduates. He has two brothers and one sister. His brother Chris plays baseball at Valparaiso University. He was born Sept. 11, 1994
RB — 5-9 — 159 — Fr. — HS — Katy, Texas (Mayde Creek HS)
He was 2012 19-5A all-district co-Offensive MVP and first-team running back. He was 2011 second-team 19-5A all-district running back and return specialist and was 2010 honorable mention 19-5A all-district running back. As a senior in 2012, he rushed 217 times for 1,768 yards (8.1 average, 176.8 yards per game) and 21 touchdowns. He also had nine receptions for 80 yards and averaged 35.7 yards on nine kickoff returns. He had four 200-yard games his senior season, including 285 yards and four TDs vs. Cypress Springs High School, and 270 yards and two TDs vs. Tomball High School. He had 176 yards and five rushing TDs vs. Katy Taylor High School and also returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown in the Katy Taylor High game. He lettered four years in football and track and was Mayde Creek High School team captain. At 5-foot-9, he can dunk a basketball. He is the son of Troy Sr. and Carol McCormick. He has wo brothers and three sisters. His full name is Troy Anthony McCormick Jr., and he was born Jan. 13, 1995, in New Orleans.
TE — 6-5 — 217 — Fr. — HS — Sandy, Utah (Alta HS)
He was honorable mention all-state and was on the first-team all-region 3. He was Alta High (Utah) team captain and was named the Alta Impact Player of 2012. He caught 64 passes for 779 yards and 8 touchdowns as a senior in 2012. He had three 100-yard receiving games his senior season, including 121 yards vs. West Jordan High School. His career totals were 71 catches for 868 yards and 9 TDs. Alta was the 2012 region 3 champion. He also lettered one year in lacrosse. He is the son of Darren and Laura Handley. His father played tight end for BYU from 1985-88 and led the Cougars in receiving in 1987. His mother is a Utah graduate. He has four siblings, including triplets. He was born March 27, 1995.
LB — 6-2 — 210 — Fr. — HS — Salt Lake City (Brighton HS)
The early high school graduate is already enrolled in classes at Utah. He was Salt Lake Tribune second-team 5A all-state as a senior and Deseret News honorable mention all-state. He was rated as the sixth-best player in the Utah state rankings by Rivals.com. As a senior, he rushed 103 times for 622 yards and six touchdowns. In his career, he had 265 carries for 1,543 yards and 17 touchdowns, and 27 receptions for 307 yards and four TDs. He was Brighton High School team captain. The four-year football letterman also won letters in basketball (2) and track (2). He is the son of Uaea and Tamina Masina, and he has three siblings. His name is pronounced why-uh ma-seena. He was born Jan. 19, 1995.
DT — 6-5 — 278 — Fr. — HS — Euless, Texas (Trinity HS)
He was 2012 District 6-5A Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-district. He was named to the Star-Telegram Super Team first-team defense and the Dallas Morning News second-team all-area. He was Oldcoachrivals.com 5A first-team all-state and in the 2012 Tarrant County Terrific 25. He had 72 tackles, 7 sacks and 13 tackles for loss his senior season. He helped Trinity High to the area championship. He is the son of Sam and Sela Vaenuku. His father played football and basketball at Ricks College. He has three brothers and four sisters. He enjoys acting and singing. His full name is Gaius Keio Taylor Vaenoku, and his name is pronounced kay-o vy-new-koo. He was born Dec. 26, 1994.
OT — 6-4 — 319 — Fr. — HS — Euless, Texas (Trinity HS)
He was first-team 2012 6-5A all-district, was named to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team (first team) and the Tarrant County Terrific 25. As a senior, he allowed zero sacks, had 42 pancakes and 117 knockdowns. Trinity High School went 7-0 in league play in 2012 and won the District 6-5A championship. He is the son of Salesi Uhatafe Sr. and Paea Latu, and is an only child. His first cousin, Jon Halapio, is an offensive lineman at Florida. His full name is Salesi Siaosi-Lopukaitamaki Uhatafe (pronounced sah-less-ee oo-ha-tah-feh). His nickname is Leka (pronounced lekka). He was born Oct. 25, 1994.
QB — 6-0 — 178 — Fr. — HS — Houston (North Shore HS)
He was 2012 first-team all-District 21-5A and was named a Houston Chronicle Top 100 Recruit. He passed for 849 yards and six touchdowns, and rushed for 734 yards on 92 carries (7.98 average) and 10 touchdowns as a senior. He averaged 106.1 passing yards and 91.8 rushing yards per game in 2012 and 656 passing yards and 576 rushing yards his junior year. As team captain, he led North Shore High to the 2012 Region 3 final. He also lettered three years in track and made the Texas High School all-state academic second team and all-region academic first team and was in the honor society. He is the son of Bobby and Alicia Thomas. He has one brother, and he enjoys drawing. His full name is Micah Reshawn Thomas, and his name is pronounced mike-uh. He was born Oct. 25, 1994.
DE — 6-5 — 288 — Fr. — HS — Euless, Texas (Trinity HS)
He was on the 2012 Star-Telegram Super Team second-team defense and the first-team all-district in 2011 and 2012. Other awards as a senior included Oldcoachrivals.com 5A second-team all-state, Whataburger All-North Texas Team and Tarrant County Terrific 25. He had 56 tackles, 3 sacks, 8 TFL in 2012, and he helped Trinity High to the area championship. He won four letters in football, three in track and two in basketball. He also plays volleyball. He is the son of Motukia and Tamasita Tevi, and he has two brothers and five sisters. He likes to sing. His full name is Samiuela Tevi (pronounced Tevv-ee). He was born Nov. 15, 1994.
TE — 6-5 — 236 — Jr. — JC — Camden, N.J. (Arizona Western)
The mid-year signee has enrolled in classes at Utah and has two years to play two. He played one year for Arizona Western and did not play football last season. At Arizona Western, he played in the 2011 junior college national championship game, losing to East Mississippi Community College in the El Toro Bowl. He lettered in track and football at Woodrow Wilson High (N.J.) and he graduated from Brimm Medical Arts High School (N.J.) He was second-team all-conference as a senior in 2010 when he had 10 receptions for 217 yards (21.7 average) and two touchdowns. He won a student-athlete award and a performing arts award. He is the son of Gregory Jackson and Tonya Reese and has three brothers and one sister. His brother Tahshon runs track at Arkansas State. He enjoys piano and is interested in biology. He was born April 3, 1992.
DB — 6-0 — 187 — Jr. — JC — Compton, Calif (Santa Ana College)
The mid-year junior college transfer will participate in spring ball and has three years to play two. He played safety and corner at Santa Ana College and will play corner at Utah. He was second-team all-conference in 2011 (all purpose) and 2012 (defense). In 2012, he had 48 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and nine pass breakups. Santa Ana College won the 2012 Southern California Bowl, beating College of the Canyons. He was Edison High School (Calif.) MVP as a freshman and sophomore, all-league as a sophomore and junior and was Edison's Most Valuable Back as a junior in 2009. He is the son of Warren Orphey and Enae Jackson and has three brothers and two sisters. His cousin, Keith McGill, is a senior defensive back for the Utes. His name is pronounced day-vee-ahn or-fay, and he was born Oct. 18, 1992.
WR — 6-3 — 200 — Jr. — JC — Fairfield, Calif. (Diablo Valley College)
The mid-year junior college signee has three years to play two. He was a four star recruit by Rivals and was first-team NCFA all-Mid-Empire Conference in 2012. He was ranked second in the conference in receiving yards (1,014) on 60 receptions, and led the league in touchdown catches (15) in 2012. He had five catches for 95 yards for Diablo Valley College in the 2012 East Bay Bowl win over Laney College. He was DVC team captain. As a freshman, he had 32 receptions for 411 yards and six touchdowns. He played football and basketball at Angelo Rodriguez High (Calif.) He was second-team all-county in football in 2009 and 2009-10 honorable mention all-Solano County Athletic Conference in basketball. He is the son of Andre Sr. and Rhonda Lewis. His father is a music producer and community activist in the San Francisco area. He has three sisters and one brother. His brother, Steve Johnson, is a receiver for the Buffalo Bills. His full name is Andre Lewis Jr., and his nickname is Dre. He was born July 15, 1992.
DB — 6-1 — 172 — Fr. — HS — Houston (Westside HS)
He was an Associated Press Class 5A second-team all-state as a senior in 2012 and first-team all-district. He was a Houston Chronicle first-team all-Greater Houston and Top 100 Recruit. He was a Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Year finalist. He had 19 tackles (2 TFL), two interceptions, two pass breakups and a forced fumble in 2012. He led Westside High to the playoffs in 2011 and 2012. He is the son of Hipolito Corporan and India Rice. His father is a fourth-generation farmer. He has one sister. His name is pronounced hippo-lee-toe cor-por-ahn. He was born Sept. 28, 1993.
OT — 6-7 — 309 — Jr. — JC — Costa Mesa, Calif/Orange County College38 comments on this story
The mid-year junior college transfer has enrolled in classes at Utah and has three years to play two. He originally walked on at Utah as a freshman in the spring of 2011 after graduating early from Costa Mesa High (Calif.) He transferred to Orange Coast College in the fall of 2011. He was a second-team all-conference offensive tackle in 2012. As a senior in high school, he was the 2010 Orange Coast League Lineman of the Year and a Daily Pilot Dream Team selection. He won 11 total letters in high school in football (3), basketball (4), track (3) and volleyball (1). He was football and basketball team captain two years. He averaged 12.1 points and 11.2 rebounds as a senior in 2010-11. Once he had 21 rebounds in a game. The scholar-athlete is the son of Frank Albers and Kristen Leysen. His father is a high school football coach and his mother played basketball for Cal State-Fullerton. He has four sisters. His last name is pronounced al-burrs. He was born Dec. 22, 1992.