The early signing period for college football starts this coming Wednesday, December 19 and goes until December 21. All three FBS in-state programs plan to sign a good number of prospects while planning to put some final touches on their respective classes come Feb. 6.
The Utes won't be signing as many prospects as normal due to an extraordinarily low number of seniors leaving after this season, according to Utezone publisher Dan Sorenson. That's not to suggest Utah won't be looking to bring in some prime talent in hopes of achieving some immediate contributions and depth for the program moving forward.
The Utes currently have nine hard commitments according to Utezone led by 4-star receiver Darren Jones (San Bernardino, California) who stands in at 6-foot-8. Other top commitments include offensive lineman Marist Talavou (6-3, 316 pounds) from national prep power St. John Bosco in Southern California, and running back Micah Bernard (5-10, 187) from Gahr High School in Southern California.
Utah was dealt a bit of a blow when 4-star quarterback prospect Jayden Daniels committed to Arizona State after showing strong interest in the Utes, although Utah's class could receive a big influx of talent the weekend before signing day.
According to Sorenson, Utah will have as many as five top prospects making official visits this weekend, led by 4-star linebacker Henry To'oto'o (6-2, 230) from De La Salle High School in Southern California, 3-star receiver Seth Coleman (6-4, 200), with whom the Utes will work to flip on his commitment to Illinois, and 3-star offensive lineman Blake Bedier (6-6, 285) from Snow College, among others.
Altogether, Utah could sign anywhere from eight to 12 recruits on Dec. 19, depending on what commitments the program can land during the final official visit make their way to campus over the weekend.
BYU currently holds 14 commitments, according to Cougar Sports Insider, part of the 24/7 Sports Network. Publisher Mitch Harper expects about 11 prospects to sign with the program this coming Wednesday, with at least a couple of BYU commitments possibly electing to hold off until the February signing period.
Headlining the BYU class is 4-star quarterback prospect Jacob Conover (6-1, 205) from Chandler, Arizona. Other top commitments are American Fork receiver Chase Roberts (6-4, 185), Herriman athlete Blake Freeland (6-8, 260) and offensive lineman Elijah Unutoa (6-5, 300) from Kapaa, Hawaii.
Potential late additions to the commitment class are running back Aidan Robbins (6-3, 220) from Louisville and defensive back Nephi Sewell (5-11, 185) who is expected to transfer from Nevada after starting for the program. Sewell prepped at Desert Hills High School in St. George.
The Cougar commitment to watch is Roberts, who has long been committed to the program, yet has received increasing early interest from several notable programs on top of taking an official visit to Utah. Roberts hasn't declared whether he'll sign with BYU this coming Wednesday and may hold out until Feb. 6.
The Aggie 24/7 Sports Site lists 16 so-called “hard commitments” although the hiring of Gary Andersen may change things with regards to who ultimately appears on Utah State's signing list this coming Wednesday. Coming off a very successful 2018 season, coupled with Andersen's hiring could lead to the Aggies pulling some significant recruiting surprises.
As it is currently,Utah State's class looks to be led by quarterback Josh Calvin (6-3, 205) from Lakewood, California, linebacker Christian LaValle (6-0, 230) from Mission Viejo, California, and Cam Lampkin, a 5-10 receiver from Mesquite, Texas, among others.
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Orem receiver Puka Nacua (6-2, 190) is currently listed as a USC commit, but is not expected to sign this Wednesday. Nacua's recruitment has been left open despite giving a commitment to the Trojans this past summer. Nacua is a 4-star prospect.
Other top in-state recruits include East lineman Siaki Ika (6-3, 351), who was committed to Alabama, but is not expected to sign with the Crimson Tide. Skyridge lineman Logan Sagapolu (6-3, 340) remains uncommitted and has taken recent trips to both BYU and to Utah while Bingham linebacker Lolani Langi (6-2, 223) appears to be leaning toward signing with Utah, as is his teammate Simote Pepa, who is a 6-3, 320 lineman.