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Ute football: Top 10 important summertime commits during the Kyle Whittingham era

Published: Wednesday, June 5 2013 10:59 p.m. MDT

Although the actual season doesn't begin until the fall, summer is an important time for college football recruiters. With camp season hitting full swing in June, summer is a time when recruits can earn offers and solidify their college plans before the start of their senior seasons, which is an attractive option to many.

Most of the University of Utah’s highest-profile recruits don’t commit until the weeks leading up to signing day in February. However, summertime commits have been an important part of the Utah football program under Kyle Whittingham. Here are 10 notable recruits during the Whittingham era that committed to the Utes in the summer.

Dan Sorensen is the Editor in Chief of UteZone.com, part of the Rivals.com network. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and Basketball Writers Association of America. Dan can be reached at dsorensen@utezone.com.

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Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

Thank goodness for some great recruiters at the U. I can't wait to see some football.

Go Utes!

raisedaute
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Great article keep them coming! Props to all these fine young men and Go Utes!

Tajemnica
West Valley, Utah

Hopefully Star's heart will stay healthy in the NFL. That will make this list look even better especially if he is successful. Still don't like utah in the least bit but at least I can recognize greatness when it exists. Unfortunately most BYU and utah fans are not the same. I guess it helps that neither school is my school's "rival." That being said I look forward to the war of comments to follow, especially if BYU fans are as bad with utah articles as utah fans are with BYU articles.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Dan strikes gold again! Nice job. Great hire DN!

Go Utes!!

ekute
Layton, UT

Too many of Utah's outstanding defensive players have left for the pros too early.
Kyle needs to convince more of them to stay another year, not only to benefit the Utes, but so they can be more mature and complete when they do enter the pros.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Taj - your insistence that Utah is not your "rival" is comical. Your appearances on all things Ute is becoming quite ducky-esque! "LOL"

Go Utes!!

Redute365
SLC, UT

Utah has improved incredibly with recruiting the past 15 yrs. the UTES are now landing 4 star guys very often. Utah already has 2 4 star local Utah kids in JAckson Barton and Kenyon Frison committed.

UTAH is the ELITE team in the STate and will be forever. PAC12 Conference of Champions !

GO UTES !!

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

Utah has sick talent at WR in Anderson and Scott. If Wilson or some other ute QB can step up, this could be one of the scarier WR tandems in the PAC 12.

ekute
Layton, UT

@Cougsndawgs

If Wilson can't connect with them receivers, Schulz showed a lot of promise in spring practice.

Go Utes.

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

What I find to be encouraging, relative to last season's challenges, was the consistent report out of Spring camp from recruiting-insiders, was how deep we've suddenly become along our O-Line. We didn't endure even one, single injury here and they truly were able to build chemistry among themselves [17 Total, I believe]....Our OT are set-up perfectly, a relief based upon how it would work moving JP to the left side and finding a suitable replacement for the right side.

Furthermore, EVERBODY talked about how abnormally dominate JP has looked, in the direction of Jordan Gross-LIKE and the consensus is, he'll be an All-America [great shot at being a Consensus All-America, actually], hands-down, either this season or next season....JS is looking equally nasty at RG....Our O-Line is straight enormous and this bodes well, particularly w/the depth we have at RB.

Look for our RBs to become heavily involved in our passing-game, as well....JM at TE easily could end-up as All PAC-12/All-America....He's rapidly become impossible to defend/cover....Too fast for LBs and too big/nasty for DBs....Precise-Routes/Infallible-Hands.

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

Schultz is a freak in terms of having a cannon for an arm....However, he really struggled in The Spring Game as it wore on....I suspect w/the others in the fold/en route, he'll ultimately end-up being the odd-man out.

Furthermore, we have some SERIOUS freaking speed hitting campus this Summer...This is where we truly hit a home-run in this year's Recruiting-Class, in addition to generally building our depth further and securing Coach DE--

For instance, Dre'Vian Young ran the 3rd fastest 400M in the nation this Spring....Then there's Micah Thomas, Troy McCormick, Devontae Booker, Dominique Hatfield, Andre Lewis, Xavier Shephard and Marcus Williams....Brandon Cox enrolled early and participated in Spring Camp this year.

Tajemnica
West Valley, Utah

@VegasUte
I guess the desnews found my previously attempted post too discriminatory against you so it was never posted so let me sum it up a different way. Get past your ignorance and dislike for all things BYU, USU, USC or anyone else that doesn't agree with you. I post on all things deseretnews.com whether BYU, utah or non-sports related. The point of my previous post was to wish Star good luck and hopes that his health will not be an issue in the NFL. It was your haughtiness and opinions that made you think you know more about me than I do. I will finish with the following statement and if you disagree thats your problem. Not mine. I was born in Europe, grew up in Malibu, got a BA from USC, moved back to Europe, got an MBA from Oxford and moved to Utah. I am not a fan of either BYU nor utah but I do not dislike BYU as much as utah. Those are my opinions. You can have yours but you cannot tell me who I like. Hopefully this post is not too strong for the sensors. Good luck Star and Ziggy.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@redute365

Could you tell us on what recruiting site frison is rated as "4 star" recruit?

Rivals, the utah "fan" bible, has him listed as a low level 3 star and scout has him completely unranked. I understand other utah "fans" were willing to allow this peice of fiction pass to by without mention but I'm not a utah "fan" so I actually require proof for outlandish claims.

?

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

Frison is a 4 star recruit on 24/7 Sports. And, just to add a little credibility to that, he now has an offer from Oklahoma. Rivals will catch up. He has performed very well at camp and has been invited to an elite camp where he will have his shot at earning a great rating.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Frison was also invited to The Opening. 150 of the top recruits in the nation. That might tell all doubters how highly regarded Frison is right now. He is going along with Schultz. The reporting services just haven't caught up with his rise yet. With a solid showing in The Opening, his stars will rise.

Go Utes!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@magna

I have never heard of 24/7 sports, mainly because I care very little for about that stuff but also because it is an obscure site. But as long as I was there I thought I'd look up barton's ranking as well and notice they only have him as a 3 star recruit.

This of course brings into question the reliability of both barton's and frison's "rankings" seeing as the utah "fan" bible has barton at 4 stars and frison at only 3 and this 24/7 site has them the opposite. Now I understand the utah "fan" desire to simply declare them both "4 stars" because of that but couldn't we just as realistically call them both "3 stars"?

And since rival's is the utah "fan" end all be all for such things shouldn't we just go ahead and take their rankings as gospel which means frison is a low level 3 star?

DrUte
Woods Cross, UT

Some questions about star systems? Just google Rivals Star System and you'll get the full scoop.

So Rivals says Mr. Frison's current rating of 5.6 shows him as a solid 3-star, likely one of the top 750 recruit prospects in the country, described generally as "a regional prospect with professional football potential". And star ratings often change over time.

Hung up on stars? Recall Star L also came up with a 3 star rating, & this young man is arriving at 6'8" and 290 pounds as an incoming freshman with a basketball background, so we won't need to worry too very much about today's rating.

The real issues relate to his upcoming transition into D1, maintaining his college GPA and overall educational progress. Also staying fit and avoiding injury, getting into the playbook, and ultimately fitting into Utah's OL program as a starting Offensive Line Monster Man.

So it's really what you do AFTER you get here that will determine if you follow Star into the NFL. We hope you will!!

Welcome Kenyon, can't wait to see you in pads, it's great to be a Ute!!

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

@Duckhunter
I'm not a utah "fan" so I actually require proof for outlandish claims.

-------------

LOL!

Remember this outlandish claim:

"Well I see some of you disagree but none of you listed one single player from utah's offense that would start over any of BYU's. If you disagree then please list them as I am interested to know who they are. I personally couldn't find one although I think there are a couple that would be in the rotation at BYU but no clear cut starters."
-- Duckhunter | 10:01 p.m. Aug. 15, 2011

Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

"Physically, there wasn’t a better looking prospect at the event on Sunday than Frison who is committed to Utah. His potential is enormous as he has long arms on a powerful 6-5.5 frame. Though he didn’t win the MVP award, his movement skills combined with his frame make Frison the most likely future NFL player out of the offensive line group. " -24/7 camp review.

Not too shabby. We'll see how he does when he gets to campus. But, you gotta like the potential of Frison and Barton lining up on the O-line.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Oh Taj - thanks for your life story. Fascinating!! As for your claim of my hatred for USU and USC - I love USU and root for them always, except for when they play Utah, of course. As far as USC goes, I don't care. And for the comment of my ignorance - if that was supposed to sting, it didn't - it only made me laugh.

I don't troll stories from other schools to write negatively about the school or their fans. I don't know what you post on other stories, and frankly I don't care, but like I said before, "Your appearances on all things Ute is becoming quite ducky-esque!" If that hurts, so be it!

The one thing you said that I will agree with is, good luck to Star AND Ziggy

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Uteology:

You also forgot about his bold proclamation that Fangupo would be taken in the 2012 NFL draft before any Utah players. How did that work out?

Where IS Fangupo??

Go Utes!!

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

I was trying to come up with a story on Sealver from way back in 2007. I didn't find the article I was looking for, but i did find an article about his commitment to byU. The article was touting how byU got two in-state commits in two straight days. Sealver committed to byU on a Monday. The following day, four star Jake Murphy committed also. Oh the irony!!

Ouch --- that's gotta hurt!!

Tajemnica
West Valley, Utah

@VegasUte
"I don't troll stories from other schools to write negatively about the school or their fans." I appreciate the comment. Neither do I. I read articles that I find interesting regardless of who or what it is about. I read the comments as my own form of sick twisted entertainment. I do not "troll stories from other schools to write negatively about the school or their fans" unless the fans are the instigators of said conversations. Please tell me when I once spoke negatively about these schools or when I started a heated discussion. I respond to commenters that are ill informed or have uneducated opinions and use facts to back up my responses not opinions or what ifs. I respect fans regardless of their affiliations as long as they respect other fans as well. My original comment said nothing about a disdain for either school or their fans but merely was a comment regarding star and regarding BYU and utah fans disdain for each other. You then brought up your opinions about me. How did your posts have anything to do with the story at hand? Both are good schools but they are not 'my' schools.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Taj: "I respond to commenters that are ill informed or have uneducated opinions" You're the one in charge of that determination? Why didn't you say so in the first place? It could have saved us all a bunch of time!!

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@uteology

You fail in your ability to differentiate between someone expressing an opinion and someone trying to make a claim of fact. No surprise though, I'll keep trying to help you learn.

gonefishn
Salt Lake City, UT

Any recruiting site is a little suspect (in my mind) because of the very nature of recruiting, on this we can agree. On the flip side, to say 24/7 is an obscure site is a little silly when it is the recruiting site that CBS Sports aligns itself with.

Duckhunter
Highland, UT

@gonefishn

Considering they don't appear anywhere near the 1st couple of pages when you google "football recruiting", and considering the fact no one here has ever referenced them before, then I would say we can consider them obscure.

Now I am not saying that makes them wrong, I really wouldn't know. But of course cherry picking sites, especially ones that are way down the list, in an attempt to try to make something better than it is just reeks of desperation.

I guess my question then is which site do ute "fans" think is correct? Is it the site that lists barton with 4 stars and frison as a 3 or is it the site that lists frison as a 4 star and barton as a 3? Or are we just supposed to accept utah "fan" desires and call them both 4's while ignoring that they are both also 3's?

motorbike
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Tajemnica

Re: "I was born in Europe, grew up in Malibu, got a BA from USC, moved back to Europe, got an MBA from Oxford and moved to Utah."

Perhaps if any of those degrees were in theatre you'd have more of us believing you're not a BYU fan. Sorry bro, you've shown your hand too many times already.

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Regardless of what services have Frison ranked where, Frison has been invited to "The Opening", which is not run by a ranking service. It is run by Nike, and it only invites 150 of the nation’s top prospects. Frison is one of only 15 O-lineman invited, and, along with Dalton Schultz, is one of only two players invited from the state of Utah. This is one of the most elite football camps in the country. So, any troller can spin the stars where they want, what really counts is that Nike has put him on a national stage only shared by 14 other lineman. If he does well, the rankings will follow. When that happens, byU will be hard pressed to recruit any player at any position that will be ranked higher than Frison. And Frison won't be our highest rated recruit - not even our highest rated lineman!!

So spin away, Utah haters, what really matters is that Frison will prove himself on the field, the way it should be!

Go Utes!! So glad to have Frison as a Ute!!

UTE88
Sandy, UT

I like what I see. Our program is going in the right direction. I don't think it is that big a deal if a recruit is 3 star or 4 stars or no stars. The real question is do they have a work ethic. If they do this coaching staff will continue to mold teams that can compete and win on any given Saturday.

Go Utes

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

For the record, Scout.com definitively issues fewer 4-/5-Stars, overall, than another such as Rivals.com does....Anybody actually feeding duck and going back-and-fiorth w/him on it, honestly should be embarrassed for it and immediately distance himself from this latest round of inanity.

Kenyon happens to be former UTE LB Jason Hooks' nephew and, until only recently, was a virtual unknown and had only his lone offer from/commitment to UTAH....Well, since his performance in Oakland where he straight abused the DL he faced, he's received an invite to visit/work-out for USC and has accumulated offers from OU/UW/ASU/SDSU.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

Aren't any ute fans a little worried that Frison is getting offers from elite programs like Oklahoma? His commitment to Utah isn't signed in blood or anything...if he does really well and starts getting SEC or elite PAC 12 offers I'd be worried if I'm Utah about his eyes or heart wandering. 18 yr olds can be fickle that way.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Cougsndawgs:

Athletes amid the recruiting process will change their minds from time to time....especially those of the "Soft Verbal" designations. However, as all 5 of Utah's 2014 commits are currently listed as "Solid Verbal", there is less cause for concern. And ESPECIALLY for those athletes like Barton, Finau, Frison, and Havili, who live within shouting distance of RES.

As for YOURSELF, do YOU worry about losing 40% of YOUR current recruiting class? Afterall, Dye and Pau'u are listed as "Soft Verbal(s)", and neither live within a commutable distance to WACistan. On the OTHER hand, those boys are listed as 2- and 0-star athletes, so perhaps they wouldn't be missed. Then again, your team has become a MAGNET for 2-star kids. 77% of the class mendenmidmajor signed last February were of the "2-star" variety. So what about it? You worried?

VegasUte
Las Vegas, NV

Cougsndawgs needs to be concerned about Fred Warner:

"I'm just making sure I'm not burning any bridges. I want to make sure I keep all my options open." May 22, 2013.

Doesn't sound to me like he's very solid either!

AZUTE1
Mesa, AZ

More from 3-Star recruit Fred Warner--

“I picked up an offer from USC this morning,” Warner said. “That’s crazy, I was pretty shocked to be honest. I feel I’m good enough to play there but I wasn’t hearing that much from them. Coach Summers came to one of my spring practices and I saw him filming me.

“Coach said they watched my film again yesterday along with my junior tape and told me they had to offer me. I really didn’t see this coming but it’s excited. I talked to coach Summers this morning but I haven’t talked to coach Kiffin yet. USC wants me to come up for a day during their Rising Stars Camp and I’m planning to do that. I like to rush the passer and in that 5-2 system, being a former defensive end, it fits me really well.”

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Cougsndawgs:

Uh, oh. If that's all true about Warner, that could mean losing up to 60% of your recruiting class. And considering that Warner would likely be the gem of your 2014 class, that'd be an enormous loss. So what about it? You worried NOW?

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

Naval Vet:
No I'm not worried. You seem to have this "star" fixation that means absolutely nothing to how a player will produce on the field. I'm not worried because MendenHALL knows how to get the very best from his athletes. KVN and Cody H were 3 and 2 star respectively, and now they have All-American behind their name. How many All-Americans do the utes have coming in 2013....?? Warner should be excited about getting an offer from USC, who wouldn't be? Doesn't mean he's going, anymore than Frison getting the same attention and being pleased about it. Face it, Nav if recruiting were all about prestige, U wouldn't be getting Frison or any other 4 star because they'd be going to the elite programs offering them. The fact a player is flattered by those offers doesn't mean they'll commit.

Naval Vet
Philadelphia, PA

Cougsndawgs:

Rivals (and Scout for that matter) rated KVN a 4-star LB. So you have a 4-star that became an preseason All-American. Who was your LAST "preseason All-American"? Matt Reynolds? How many stars did he have? 4?

As for Hoffman, he had no other D-1 offers. Nobody had heard of him (and neither had he heard of Y either). He played small ball in high school, and now he plays small ball in college. A perfect fit. You got lucky on that one, but the fact remains, 3- and 4-star recruits typically do better at the collegiate level, and in the draft, than 0- and 2-star recruits. It IS a fact. There's no escaping that. That's why the number of NFL players coming out of WACistan is about HALF that of those who came out of the Univ. of Utah.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

Btw, KVN was on most services Post season All American 2nd or 3rd teams along with Star Lotuleilei, so he's not just preseason.

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

@Dnews
I give up...half my posts don't get on and then you add a post without the initial post so it makes no sense. We'll talk later NV lol

Cougsndawgs
West Point , UT

Nav:
What I essentially said was KVN was 3 stars on espn. Our last post season All American (other than VAn Noy) was Dennis Pitta who had no stars and was a walk on. So the star system means very little to me. Also in regards to Cody Hoffman, he's hardly playing small ball right now. Do you care to look at what he's done against BCS opponents, including Utah? Some of his best games have come against the best teams on BYUs schedule...another example of how stars don't always translate to the field.

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