It remains to be seen if Utah's offensive line will get even bigger.

The recruiting status of Kahuku, Hawaii, prep star Benji Kemoeatu is still unclear — even though the highly touted offensive lineman announced at a press conference Wednesday his intention to sign with West Virginia.

Kahuku teammate Anthony Si'ilata, who like Kemoeatu gave Utah an oral committment last month, ended speculation about his future by signing with Oregon State on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported that neither player faxed their letters-of-intent on National Signing Day. Kemoeatu's wasn't sent to West Virginia because his parents were out of town and needed to sign it. Si'ilata, meanwhile, had yet to send his to Oregon State.

The newspaper noted that neither player is currently an NCAA qualifier, but Torres said both players are on track academically to clear that hurdle.

While unable to specifically discuss the Kemoeatu situation, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said he's pleased with the status of his team's offensive line, which returns four starters — left tackle Zane Beadles, left guard Caleb Schlauderauff, right guard Robert Conley and right tackle Dustin Hensel — along with key backups Walter Watts, Corey Seiuli, Tyler Williams and Zane Taylor. Returned missionary Tony Bergstrom is also back in the fold.

"We feel good about the o-line," said Whittingham, who noted that center Kyle Gunther is the only starter not returning. "Several good, young, developing linemen are starting to come into the mix.

"The depth of the o-line is the best it's ever been here. We have several quality Mountain West Conference players. As many as 10 guys are legitimate linemen."

The Utes added high school recruits Sam Brenner (6-3, 280) of California and Zach Davila (6-4, 315) of Arizona, as well as Sealver Siliga (6-3, 345) of Copper Hills and Derek Tuimauga (6-4, 335) of Bingham to the mix on signing day. Siliga is also listed as a defensive lineman.

EXTRA POINTS: Utah athletics director Chris Hill confirmed that details are being finalized for the football program to switch its gear supplier from Nike to Under Armour next season. The Utes will join Auburn, Maryland, South Carolina and Texas Tech as football programs affiliating with the company ... Bergstrom isn't the only returned missionary re-entering the program this season. Defensive back Grayson Dart and linebackers Greg Bird and Afa Garrigan are also back ... 22 Utah football players were named the MWC's academic all-conference team.


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