While BYU and Utah were signing some top players from Utah and elsewhere, Utah State was quietly getting committments from a group of players that Coach Chuck Shelton rates as the best recruiting class he's had in the eight years he's been at Utah State.
The Aggies signed eight high school players to letters of intent Wednesday after earlier signing 14 junior college players.The most intriguing may be running back Abu Wilson (6-feet, 190 pounds) out of McClymonds High in Oakland, Calif. Shelton says Wilson is one of the best if not the best running back in Northern California. The Aggies also got a running mate for Wilson by signing fullback Nathan Donaldson (6-1, 215) from Boise High in Idaho. In addition, the Aggies got quarterback Tony Banks (6-4, 200) out of Hoover High in San Diego. Banks was recruited by a number of schools but Utah State was the only one to recruit him just as a quarterback.
The Wildcats signed 18 high school players and eight from junior colleges. Weber State continued its Canada connection as Coach Dave Arslanian signed three from defensive players from there. He also signed three players from Alaska.
Arslanian signed six local prep players - Sheddrick Mickles, Ogden; Cam Quayle, Ben Lomond; Jason Jensen, Pleasant Grove; Marty Kinnear, Granger; Chris Matagi, Cyprus; and Matt Vorwaller, Tooele.
Three of the JC players are Utahns - Snow College's Stephen Filiaga (Ogden), Dixie College's Brigham Burr (Provo) and Tyree Opheikens (Roy).
The T-Birds signed seven preps and 13 from the JC ranks. Among the preps are Millard quarterback Rick Robins, Bountiful kicker Jason Haslam and Delta defensive end Garrett Moon. Among the JC players signed were Snow College quarterback Bret Barben and linebackers Marc DeCol of Snow and Matanda Doss of Mesa (Ariz.). All JC players are from the Western States Football League.