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Published: Monday, Jan. 28 2013 6:30 p.m. MST

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A nice recruit! Glad to see you made a wise decision, Gaius. The U does have plenty to offer, including overall access to the BCS, national exposure in the PAC 12, and ultimately a better chance for you to someday play in the NFL.

Good luck to you, and welcome to Ute Nation!

Ann Arbor, MI

Interesting how what appears to be a very devout mormon finds bYu to be over the top. Clearly Provo holds everything an missonary would want...yet something didn't smell right to him.

Sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders.

springville, UT

Nothing like playing in the pac ten, even if your a door mat.

West Jordan, UT

@ da hog:

You're inferring something that isn't in the article. Where in the world do you come up with the idea that he considers BYU "over the top"? (Don't look now, but your bias is showing...as always.)

Sounds like both the Church and his friends were deciding factors. Good for him.

Good luck to the young man on his quest for .500 season in the PAC 12...South

Salt Lake City, UT

Welcome to the University of Utah, young man. Your assessment of the program (and the institute building) is spot on. Everything you need is right there for you. Good choice, Gaius.


Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT


How many recruits had offers to both byu and Utah, and of those how many picked byu and how many picked Utah?

The future(and present) of football in Utah,

Is Utah!

Cottonwood Heights, UT


Enjoy your ".500 season" comments while you can. Now that BYU is playing a decent schedule it'll be fun watching the humble pie settle in the stomachs of cougar fans such as yourself.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

The commits, including Vaenuku, that have come in the past week for Utah are absolutely huge gets. The coaches deserve kudos for putting together the most solid recruiting class top to bottom that Utah has ever had. Most importantly, every position of need seems to have been addressed quite well which should leave few if any holes/weeknesses in the roster.
It's amazing to see that while Utah's recruiting class is ranked 32nd by Rivals, 7 Pac-12 teams are currently ranked higher. It goes to show the level of competition Utah is playing against week in and week out.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

Oops ... turns out spelling might be a "weekness" of mine.

Magna, UT

Cougar sour grapes make a very sweet whine!

Welcome to the U Gaius! It's going to be a great ride.


Congrats to him, and good on Coach Scalley for keeping that Texas, and particularly Euless Trinity, pipeline open and flowing with some good ones. Lutui was a huge get late last year, Tevi was a big one early this year, Uhatafe is a huge body, we'll see whether he flew under the radar or if the Utes had to reach for him, and Vaenuku was a very widely recruited kid (5A Texas first team all-state, over 40 scholarship offers). Glad to have them all aboard.

Salt Lake City, UT


What sour grapes?

U can choose to bury your head in the sand and pretend it isn't so, but finishing 8th and 11th in the PAC 12 and not being able to beat a single conference opponent with a winning record is proof enough that Utah is a certified PAC 12 bottom dweller.

Cottonwood Heights, UT


"Utah is a certified PAC 12 bottom dweller"

And BYU is what? The best of the bottom of the WAC? Congratulations I guess?

Salt Lake City, UT


"And BYU is what?"

Better than U!

2011 - BYU(10-3) Ranked > Utah(8-5) unranked
2012 - BYU(8-5) Bowl Winner > Utah(5-7) no bowl

anti BCS
Anaheim, CA


"And BYU is what? The best of the bottom of the WAC?"

Actually, BYU BEAT the WAC champion, unlike Utah, which finished 0-1 against the WAC in 2012. Doesn't that make Utah 0-2 versus the WAC in Utah's final two games against the WAC, ever?

Congratulations WAC bottom dweller!

Holladay, UT

Swoop, really.Because of the vast disparity in strength of schedule, you cannot compare win/loss between BYU and Utah. 54-10 and 24-21. Nothing, and you know it, nothing else really is relevant. However, next year BYU actually has a comparable schedule to Utah. Time will tell whose SOS is better. If BYU beats my Utes and goes 7-5 or better, I will be impressed. Doubt it will happen with gimpy running QB, new OC, and tougher schedule. But good luck!

West Jordan, Utah


Your record comparisons don't account for schedule differences. Utah has won 8 of 11 head to head with BYU.

BYU's 2011 schedule was AWFUL. Yes that year Utah finished 8-5 and BYU 10-3. BYU also played 4 cupcakes of the lowest level possible. Utah beat BYU 54-10 that season and still BYU fans can't deal with it. As for BYU being ranked. That was a joke and it was due to exposure and brand name. A 10-3 record sounds good except when BYU was 6-3, they were nowhere near ranked. Then they finished the season 4-0 against Idaho, New Mexico State, Hawaii, and Tulsa. Suddenly they are ranked. BYU won tight games against USU and UCF that could have gone the other way that year. However, last year those tight games went against BYU.

2012; Coach Whitt botched his QB situation as much as Bronco. And Utah went 5-7. Still, the difference in bowling between Utah and BYU is the schedule.

BYU can go 2-6 against their tough opponents and 4-0 against the cupcakes and still go bowling at 6-6 in this independence thing.

Plano, TX

Good the kid values serving a mission and that he knows he can associate with those who can help him in that resolve by attending the Institute on campus.

Far too many LDS kids adopt a cultural fixation on BYU at the expense of realizing they'd do great things as missionaries just by setting foot on other campuses and being their best selves day-to-day and associating with others. Institute can be a great anchor and home away from home culturally. I can name 11 personal friends who joined the LDS Church directly because of having met someone LDS who they respected in colleges outside of Utah - MIT, NYU, Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Purdue, Texas, Oklahoma, OK State. The world is our campus, indeed.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

Another good pick up by Utah. I love how all the Utah Haters swoop onto the thread, then pretend that losing 3 in a row, and 8 of 11 to there rival means nothing. Too Funny!

Plano, TX

The real story here is that BYU doesn't understand that Texas, and especially Euless Trinity, is the home of the best high school football in the country. There are VERY fine young men here that perhaps on paper don't beat out athletes from other parts of the country, but they underestimate the benefit of having played in Texas. And I simply cannot understand it. ALL THE OTHER COACHES IN THE COUNTRY understand it. I live across the street from Plano Sr. High, which has the winningest high school program in the state over the last 50 years and I know every varsity coach. I see how the BYU recruiters treat our players vs how other top programs treat our players. I don't know if it is ignorant or arrogant----but it isn't working for them. I had hoped they would see the light when Bingham was humiliated by Euless Trinity in the Tom Landry Classic. You just can't stack your team with players from Utah and hope to really compete with top D1 teams. Dick Harmon wrote a piece about this, but even then soft-pedaled the obvious problem. Wake up, BYU!

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