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Published: Tuesday, May 14 2013 2:50 p.m. MDT

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metamoracoug
metamora, IL

Hey, Dennis! You are the only reason I cheered for the ravens last year. Keep up the good work . . . and avoid concussions.

hobbes1012003
Kaysville, UT

Pitta is living proof that recruiting stars mean absolutely nothing. Pitta was a walk on that earned his starting spot. His work ethic is what got him to the NFL and it was his work ethic that made him an important part of the superbowl. Congrats Pitta to your success! Go Cougars!

IdahoCoog
Malad City, ID

I hope BYU can repeat 'Pitta Magic' this year with more great tight ends in his mold.

Cougar Claws
Lindon, UT

Re: hobbes1012003

Stars don't mean "nothing," but clearly what they don't account for are a number of great athletes who just don't get the recognition they deserve. Dennis Pitta just proved that he was great and made his way in the world without them. Kind of like people who inherit wealth vs people who earn it, it's kind of a similar principle.

Buffalo1
McLean, VA

I absolutely agree with the concept of maintaining a strong "preferred walk-on" program, and also encouraging spontaneous walk-ons to try out for the team. It seems that each year we find a few players who go on to become major contributors. However, it would be a mistake to look at success in this area as a replacement for sound and successful conventional recruiting. We can't recruit at the level of the last two years and hope to have the talent (and depth!) necessary to play the kind of schedule we will be playing this year. Hopefully the staff upheavals are over, and we can once again have success getting our share of the in-state recruits and polynesian kids who have been our bread-and-butter over the years. We also can't lose the majority of the nose-to-nose in-state recruiting struggles to Utah, and see the very best of the in-state kids go out-of-state. If you see a "star" ranking between 25 and 40, the job was probably done properly. Otherwise, start worrying. Walk-ons and "heart" can only take us so far, then speed and power have to kick in.

Cougarista
Salt Lake City, UT

Great for Pitta. Lack of stars on a recruit has little meaning. Pitta and the Utes Eric Weddle illustrate that point.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Hobbes, tell me what the average star was for nfl guys and then tell me stars don't matter!

Lol!

Nick saban thinks stars do matter. He has mostly four star guys.

Lol.

Maybe you know more than Saban

Lol

Christy B
Salt Lake City, Utah

If stars are really as significant a factor as my little sister claims they are, then our Utes are in BIG trouble because we'll never out recruit the likes of USC, UCLA, Oregon, Washington, ASU, Arizona, Stanford, California, and Oregon State more than once in a blue moon.

I guess we're stuck being star struck bottom dwelling mates with Colorado and Washington St.

morpunkt
Glendora, CA

@ Chris B
Nick Saban works with a pseudo professional program, called the SEC, where huge income is generated to cleverly pay , under the table, all of those blue chip players. It's apples and oranges.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

Anyone hoping to be like the SEC has abandoned ethical recruiting, ethical treatment of injured or scholarship students who don't meet the coaches' expectations, recruits' past criminal history and student education. Or, discard the university model and become completely subservient to football income. If that is the PAC 12 or Utah's goal, they will not be the better for it. The Ivy League has decided that the tail will not wag the dog. It's a decision for all to consider.

MyPerspective
Salt Lake City, UT

morpunkt
"Nick Saban works with a pseudo professional program, called the SEC, where huge income is generated to cleverly pay , under the table, all of those blue chip players. It's apples and oranges."

What are you accusing the SEC of and why are you doing it??

I have to wonder what is going through the mind of Pitta's brother-in-law (Max Hall) when he sees Dennis' continued success. I wonder if Dennis is "classless" too.

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