SALT LAKE CITY — With the creation of the early signing period in 2017, the traditional National Signing Day the first week of February has lost much of its luster, but there are still a few local prospects in the 2019 class who haven’t yet signed with a school, and even a few who haven’t yet committed to one.
As such, Wednesday still could provide some drama in the state of Utah. Here are eight Beehive State prospects to watch, in order of uncertainty concerning their situation heading into the day.
Puka Nacua, WR, Orem: One of the most accomplished high school players in the entire nation as a senior, Nacua committed to USC last summer, but there’s long been a sense that he wouldn’t end up with the Trojans.
That idea was furthered when he didn’t sign with them in December, and the disaster that was USC’s offensive coordinator situation after Kliff Kingsbury was hired in December only to leave to become the Arizona Cardinals’ head coach a month later (Graham Harrell was hired to replace him just last week) surely couldn’t have left Nacua feeling good about the Trojans.
Nacua received an offer from the national champion Clemson Tigers late in the recruiting process, but he’ll almost surely end up at a Pac-12 school, as Washington, Utah, Oregon and UCLA are the other schools he’s looked at hardest down the stretch.
UPDATE: Nacua will not make his decision today, Amy Donaldson reports.
Hunter Hill, OL, Orem: Hill committed to Washington State last October, but again did not sign in December, leaving the door open for other programs. He took an official visit to Utah State in late January, but then just a few days later he was offered a scholarship by USC and took an official visit there.
Could the Trojans still land an Orem Tiger even if they miss out on Nacua?
Simote Pepa, DL, Bingham: Pepa has been considered a Utah lean for a few years now, but there is a level of suspense given that he took an official visit to BYU in late January. Did the Cougars do enough to sway him?
Logan Sagapolu, OL, Skyridge: One of the top centers in the entire country, Sagapolu didn’t sign in December, as his plan was to wait until the Polynesian Bowl on Jan. 19 to announce his commitment. Oregon, BYU and Utah were under consideration, and Sagapolu pledged to the Ducks.
Lolani Langi, LB, Bingham: Like his Miners teammate Pepa, it was long assumed Langi would sign with the Utes. The plan for a long time was for them, along with teammate Junior Tafuna, to not sign in December so they could all do so together this week, presumably all to Utah. It was somewhat of a surprise, then, when Langi announced his commitment to Boise State on Jan. 24.Comment on this story
Cooper Legas, QB, Orem: Legas had an outstanding high school career but wasn’t too heavily recruited. He’s been busy the last few weeks with official visits, however. He went to Navy in late January and BYU last weekend, but on Monday he announced his commitment to Utah State.
Boone Abbott, QB, American Fork: Another quarterback who had an exceptional prep career but didn’t receive a whole lot of attention, Abbott announced his commitment to Hawaii on Jan. 17.
Junior Tafuna, LB, Bingham: Tafuna committed to the Utes back in November, but as mentioned above, he didn’t sign in December only because the plan has been to do so with teammates Simote Pepa and Lolani Langi on Wednesday. Every indication is that he’ll sign with Utah.