Deseret News recruiting grades in for BYU, Utah and Utah State
Utah's group is also full of promising defensive backs — a big need for the program stemming from last season and the graduation of top contributors, including Keith McGill. The Utes went far and wide to attract top talent from Florida and Louisiana, such as Andre Godfrey and Travonne Hobbs, among others.
Missing from Utah's class are key battles won against top Pac-12 rivals. The bar for Utah recruiting has been raised with Pac-12 affiliation and it's hard to argue it reached that bar with a class that's ranked near, or at the bottom, of the Pac-12 conference by national recruiting services.
The Aggies are now known as consistent winners, and that fact is playing well with their recruiting efforts.
The days are long gone when Utah State was simply a fall-back program for recruits who didn't receive offers from either Utah or BYU. Recruits are now committing to the Aggies without hesitation and even after being offered by the Cougars or Utes.
The Aggies were able to convince East tight end Joe Tukuafu late in the process to forgo his Utah commitment and sign with them. Doing as much is a new, and promising, development for Utah State recruiting, as a whole.
Matt Wells, and his staff, were big players in the local market — landing top talent such as Stansbury Park's Chase Christiansen (LB), Lone Peak's Baron Gajkowski (QB) and East's Preston Curtis (WR) among many others.
The class also includes eight junior college transfers who will be asked to make immediate contributions.
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