Both BYU and Utah signed what coaches believe to be stellar signing classes last Wednesday on National Letter of Intent Day. Some are expected to make immediate contributions, while others will be headed for LDS mission service and take awhile to see the field of play.
So which players signed can fans expect to make immediate contributions?
Dan Sorensen, of Utezone.com, gives his best estimation for Utah recruits while Brandon Gurney does the same for BYU.
The Cougars' top five signees ready to make an immediate contribution include athletes at two different positions where BYU was depleted by departures.
Kurtz is already on campus and has already received rave reviews from both coaches and teammates. Kurtz is a junior college transfer from Grossmont Junior College (Calif.) who held offers from such schools as USC, Oregon and LSU before signing with the Cougars.
Kurtz will work to help replace Cody Hoffman and has the size and skill to supplement much of what the offense loses with Hoffman's graduation. Kurtz should see immediate contribution next season.
Leslie is a UTEP transfer who will have one year to help contribute to the team. Given that he's already seen success at the Division I level, he should be able to fit right in and contribute.
Leslie brings good size and speed to a position that is relatively thin at BYU. He already has a great relationship with position coach Guy Holliday, which should put him on the fast track to immediate contribution.
Blackmon was teammates with BYU running back Jamaal Williams in high school before signing with Oregon. He transferred to Riverside Junior College after leaving Oregon's program after a year.
Blackmon is already considered by coaches to be one of the fastest, if not the fastest, receiver in the program. His ability to stretch the field should add considerably to the Cougar offense.
Coaches are very high on Cook, who is one of the most overlooked signees of the 2014 BYU class. Cook shined his senior season at Vista Murrieta High School and has the size and physical makeup to make an immediate contribution at outside linebacker.
There are a lot of spots to be filled at outside linebacker with the graduation of both Kyle Van Noy and Spencer Hadley, so Cook should be afforded a lot of looks.
Warner starred for Mission Hills High School and was courted by big-time programs, including USC, very late in the process. The Cougars hung on to his commitment and he signed as one of the top prospects of the 2014 class.
Warner's film shows great explosion off the line and more than adequate lateral movement to make an immediate contribution as a true freshman. Like Cook, he'll be afforded a lot of opportunity given the open spots at outside linebacker heading into next season.
The Utes' top five signees ready to make an immediate contribution include athletes at five different positions, including three defenders and two on offense.
Utah badly needed another speedster to help open up things for standout Dres Anderson, and Clay will fit the bill nicely. Clay will be on campus for spring football and will come in with a real opportunity to win a starting job.
At Mt. SAC, Clay was a big play machine and hauled in 16 touchdown catches in one of the tougher JUCO leagues in America. Clay is also an elite special teams weapon, with multiple kick return touchdowns on his resume.
As an early enrollee, Barton has arrived on campus as ready to contribute as any true freshman in recent memory. At 6-foot-7 inch, 300 pounds, Barton already has the prototypical frame of an elite left tackle, and his participation in spring football will give him a leg up once fall camp arrives.
Jackson will compete for a starting spot on the offensive line, and he looks like a star in the making for the Utes.
Safety was a big need in this recruiting class, and Godfrey is one of the best high school prospects in America. Godfrey is a hard-hitting playmaker whose offer list featured some of the biggest football programs in America.
If he comes into fall camp mentally prepared to play, Godfrey has the physical tools to break into the two-deep early.
Tasini flew under the radar during much of the recruiting process but was a dominant lineman for the Snow defense last year. Utah coaches expect Tasini to come in and compete for a starting spot at defensive tackle, which may be a tall order considering the depth at the position.
At any rate, look for Tasini to be a steady part of the Utah defensive line rotation for the next two years.
Hobbs was a little bit of a late bloomer, but the New Orleans native had a tremendous senior season, and his aggressive style is a perfect fit for Utah’s defensive scheme. The biggest knock on Hobbs may be his height, but Utah has a history of finding success with shorter cornerbacks.
It may be difficult to earn a starting spot, but Hobbs will come into fall camp with an opportunity to work his way up the depth chart and into the rotation.