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Ute Recruits: Utah football signees 2014 (+video, player bios)

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5 2014 1:15 p.m. MST

Early high school graduate enrolled in classes in January and will participate in spring camp … all-region and honorable mention all-state in 2013 … rated the fifth-best player in Utah at any position by Rivals.com and 35th nationally among defensive tackles … Salt Lake Tribune first-team 3A all-state as a junior in 2012 … 150 career tackles (8.0 TFL) and 4.0 sacks.

Signing Day

LOWELL LOTULELEI: DT, 6-2, 290, Bingham High School


Played in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl after his senior season in 2012 … after graduating from Bingham HS (Utah), he spent last year involved in church service … was the No. 2 overall prospect in Utah by Scout.com and 247sports.com … Deseret News 2012 first-team 5A all-state … Salt Lake Tribune second-team 5A all-state … first-team all-region 3 … 61 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and one forced fumble his senior season … lettered four years at Bingham … son of Star and Pesatina Lotulelei … older brother Star, a first-round draft pick and starting defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers in 2013, was a first-team All-American for Utah, where he played from 2010-12.

CASEY HUGHES: CB, 6-1, 185, Legacy (Nev.) High School


First-team all-state cornerback and second-team all-state running back as a senior at Legacy High (Nev.) … will play cornerback at Utah … 2012 all-Northwest League selection … as a senior, he made 68 tackles (50 solo and 1.0 TFL), had one interception, four pass breakups and caused a fumble, while also rushing 123 times for 1,031 (8.38 average) and 14 touchdowns … his 1,214 all-purpose yards in 2013 included 1,031 rushing, 97 receiving, 33 on kickoff returns, 23 on punt returns and 30 on interception returns … rushed for 207 yards and three touchdowns against Palo Verde High … 193 yards and two touchdowns vs. Mojave HS in 2013 … in 2012, he had 63 tackles and one interception, while rushing for more than 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns.

TRAVONNE HOBBS: CB, 5-10, 185, Landry-Walker (La.) High School


4A first-team all-state cornerback by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) in 2013 … made nine interceptions his senior season … led Landry-Walker HS (La.) — a consolidation of two high schools, including O. Perry Walker High — to the 2013 Louisiana 4A state semifinals … named Top Defender at the National Select 7 on 7 Championships in July 2013 … made the 2012 all-district 9-4A team as a junior at O. Perry Walker High … New Orleans Metro Area 4A Player of the Week as a senior after a win over Easton HS, when he returned an interception 100 yards for a game-winning touchdown and also had four pass breakups and seven tackles.

PASONI TASINI: DT, 6-3, 260, Snow College


Has three years to play two … originally signed with Utah out of Baldwin High School (Hawaii) in 2012, but instead went to Snow College, where he played in 2012 and 2013 … Snow College team captain … 44 tackles and 4.0 tackles for loss (3.5 sacks), a fumble recovery and a pass breakup in 2013 … 14 tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup in nine games in 2012 … in high school, he was the 2010-11 Maui News Maui Interscholastic League Male Athlete of the Year and two-time MIL Defensive Player of the Year … three-time first-team All-MIL … led Baldwin to the 2011 state semifinal game ... Baldwin won the league football title all four years (2008-10).

DONOVAN ISOM: QB, 6-5, 235, Destrehan (La.) High School


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