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Published: Monday, July 15 2013 11:15 a.m. MDT

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Great news!
Good luck in your final year of High School Joe. Ute fans will anxiously await your arrival on the hill.

Mesa, AZ

“He was close on several fronts. I still believe that Oregon State is a day away from offering him,” Matich said. “Oregon State is very close and Washington is very close. He’s going to blow up here pretty quick.”

It's great seeing our commits receive attention from other schools, as well. Kenyon Frison is yet another who's committed to us and is still being pursued by others [i.e., OU, UW, etc.]

Our local kids are positioning themselves to become homegrown-legends up there on The Hill!

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Great get. Seen the kid play in person several times. Non-stop motor and great drive to WIN

Salt Lake City, UT

I am really excited for this kid but worried. I have noticed a pattern developing. Basically K Whitt and crew have shown great skill in finding versitile players like this early and have to spend the next 7 months fending off other BCS programs.
Overall it is a good problem to have.

Frisco, TX

To the standard Ute fans who comment on BYU commits -

I know, I know . . . 2 star commits are "diamonds in the rough" who will be star performers if they commit to Utah, but won't amount to anything and we couldn't do any better if they commit to BYU. Or we could go with Rivals who does not have him any stars.

Congrats on beating out Utah State in the recruiting battle.

Payson, UT

Great news!

Welcome to the Ute Nation. Can´t wait to see you in red. You´ll be coming in at a perfect time when the QB position will be solidified after this season.

We´ll all be cheering for you from the sidelines!

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

We must not want him or we would get him.

South Jordan, UT

This kid was always going to be a Ute. I watched him play last year against Herriman and West. The game was too easy for this kid and it was easy to see that he was a man amongst boys. Reminded me of Star when he played at Bingham. Once he discovers how good he is, the sky is the limit.

Mesa, AZ


"To the standard Ute fans who comment on BYU commits - "

Where you error is not waiting 'til the final rankings are out....Just as KF began unranked on Scout, he's now a high 3-Star on their website....Final '13 rankings on Scout had 2-Star byu garnering 19 2-Star commitments out of a total of 28....Hence, "2-Star byu".

Therefore, it's fair to assume 2-Star byu's current batch of '14 2-Stars will likely remain 2-Stars and UTAH's Tukuafu will likely be bumped-up to at minimum a 3-Star at some point soon.

Ogden, UT

six stars

East Salt Lake City, Utah

Welcome to Ute Nation! Good luck your senior year, both on and off the field!

@CougFaninTX: "Congrats on beating out Utah State in the recruiting battle."

You make it sound like if that's a bad thing.

BYU had to beat out "NO Diddly Tech" for 5 of the 10 current recruits (according to Rivals). Unlike Utah where 7 of 8 recruits choose Ute Nation over multiple offers. So why are you here?

Las Vegas, NV

CougFaninTX: For those who don't actually know anything about this kid - Joe earned his offer going into his junior year based on his sophomore season play. However, Joe didn't get to play his junior year, but the Utah coaches still followed him. So, no junior year, no reporting services watching his progress, no stars YET assigned. He will be playing again this year, so we will see what the services rank him after he has had his senior year to play. The fact that other schools are after him without him playing a junior year says a lot about his talent and his dedication. Of course, the byU "fans" will never read that part of the story. They are just happy to have commits who have no offers from any other schools.

Welcome home Joe! We look forward to seeing you as a Ute in 2016!! You will be home to see the Utes go 5-0 at RES.

Go Utes!! Onward and Upward

Syracuse, UT

A true stud. He will be on the Heisman watch list his first year o the hill. We all know that coach W has a talent of putting guys on all the watch lists.


Anyone know his relation to current 49er and East High grad Will Tukuafu?

CO Ute

This is a very nice commitment for the Utes. Despite the couple of comments from fans of another program, this is a high caliber recruit. I suspect he will get offers from other PAC 12 schools but will not change his mind. Perfect timing to come into the program as Jake Murphy leaves. Best of luck young man!

South Jordan, Utah

Hey CO Ute - One comment from "fans of another program". Yes, ONE. I find it astounding that BYU fans care so little about what goes on up on the hill.

Hope things go well for Joe.


Balan, there were actually 3 at the time CO Ute posted, about a quarter of the commenters. Now there are 5, making it about a third. Astounding, indeed.

Richmond, VA

Kudos to the Utes for winning the battle for all those multi stars athletes! I think it's wonderful for them. It's too bad though that the more 3, 4, or 5 star athletes the Utes get the more their fans look down their noses on BYU and ridicule them for attracting only 2 or no star athletes. Frankly, I don't really care as long as they develop those no star kids into winners both on and off the field with the talents they have. As long as they win and go bowling at season end and the kids have fun, that's all that matters.

On the other hand, I'd hate to pound my chest about having all those multi star kids and still end up on a couch potato bowl in my basement. And now that you've won all those star athletes, let's see if you can improve on last year's embarrassment and go bowling this year! Do that and your boastings will carry more weight! As it is now, it's nothing but noise!

CO Ute

@ Baylan

at the time I made my post, there were 2 comments from 'fans of another program' basically indicating this signing wasn't a big deal. Hence the choice of the word 'couple'.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA

@ thebigsamoan

I'm sure you realize that has happened once in the last 10 years; and when it did happen, it happened by the narrowest of margins. Don't let one season define the last 10 years; it's not a proper barometer.

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