Utah Utes football: Utes pleased with their first Pac-12 recruiting class

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  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 5:39 p.m.

    Remember that there were 4 players not counted in the Rivals and Scouts tally. They included Shreeve and Jake Murphy who decided to go to the U instead of BYU.
    I like the players that we have and the coaches on the hill do a great job building these players as attested by 3 all Americans and the NFL draft.
    Brian Blechen was a qb and ended up a all American freshman team as a safety. As far as the QB question I'll leave that up to Norm , but that Robles kid looked good and Wynn should have his arm ready come fall. Shreeve was drafted by the Blue Jays and has a wicked fast ball.
    Over all ? A good crop of restocking the shelves.

  • byronbca Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    It seems like Utah lost out on more players this year than in years past, but that's because they were competing at a higher level of competition. They had a good shot to get some players that never would have considered the U in the past.

    This is still one of the best recruiting classes the U has ever had, Rivals ranked the U at #4 in the nation at RB which was their biggest concern.

    Like Coach said, the Utes are not done yet, there are still some good players out there and the Utes will nab up some of those.

  • BiggerUtefan SLC, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    The DB's we signed are impressive, so are the RB's and the WR's. Our defensive backfield wasn't as strong this past season (outside of Blechen) compared to other years but the guys we signed like McGill and others have that rare combination of size and athleticsm like we had with Sean Smith, Robert Johnson, etc a few years ago.

    I think we'll be very good defensively in a few seasons once they get up to speed. I think this is a great class for the needs that it addressed and the caliber of players we got to fill those needs.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    You know what MiP and RBN I actually agree with you both. utah does have a record of turning a good percentage of their players into nfl quality players. That cannot be denied. My guess is that they will once again do that exact same thing with several of these guys.

    I agree with RBN that ultimately I am not convinced that these rankings are all that meaningful. As was noted in an article a few days ago BYU signed two 5 star recruits, considered to be the very best at their positions, a few years ago. Neither player ever turned out to be any good at all. Both transfered and both are now out of football completely. At the time they were signed they could have signed with any school in the entire country.

    It is one thing to have talent and athletic ability. it is another to become great players. I wonder how much difference there is in the athletic ability of some 5 star recruits and some 3 star. My guess is not much. What matters now is what the player does to become great and the coaches do to help him become great.

  • BiggerUtefan SLC, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    "He's beat PAC10 teams in the past with allegedly lesser talent."

    It's a big difference sneaking up on a Pac 10 school when they're preparing every week for a tough conference foe and we're taking it easy playing teams like Wyoming, UNLV and Weber St. That allows Kyle a great opportunity to gameplan ahead for big games.

    When we're playing a tough Pac 10 schedule EVERY week and facing that grind of going up against bigger, stronger, faster and deeper teams EVERY week we won't have the luxury anymore of sneaking up on anybody. It will have a cumulative affect.

    Hopefully after a few years of recruiting as a Pac 12 school we'll have enough depth in our program to be able to handle the grind. We may have a few good players in our starting lineup who could start for other Pac 12 schools but the big difference is they have 2nd string guys capable of starting on our team while our 2nd string guys wouldn't make their scout team.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    But of course no one "bailed" on BYU. After all, BYU is the most "popular" university in America. Utah is the most wired campus in America and has over taken MIT for the # 1 spot in the amount of economic development it fosters but the poor old "U" can't win a popularity contest. Sounds like Jr. High School.

  • Summertime Provo, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    If you think that not getting 4-5 Star athletes is not important you are destined for mediocricy (See Arizona). Utah has done great in MWC and they have beat some PAC-12 teams along the way but now you replace MWC teams with PAC-12 teams it is a step up. You enter the conference with Colorado who is in full ramp up mold adding coaches with very strong ties to California and Texas. Chow was a great hire so the competition is going to be fun. Just need to get a 4-star QB and 2 4-star CB's because the speed difference this the conferences will be the issue. Just can't play power Football each week.

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    Duckhunter ;
    Pay Attention !
    As did pommee who bailed and went to asu.

    Pommee went with Henderson to USC because they wanted to flock together.

    To much lead shot .. it's affecting your brain cell again.

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 1:42 p.m.


    What does ranking recruiting classes accomplish? ESPN's recruitng ranking has Florida State at #1. Will that translate into wins. Probably not. Tennesse and North Carolina are in the top 15. They still will not be good teams.

    You gotta have a coaching staff to turn talented players into effective players. Whittingham has a track record for that. TCU, BYU, and Boise State all do a great job of creating a team with two and three star players, and a heckuva lot less money than the glam teams.

    Utah will be just fine.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    Re: duckhunter

    You were correct in identifying Utah recruits that "bailed and went" to other BCS football programs.

    I suspect that BYU had 100% acceptance of their offers!! After all, according to Rivals, 5 of 19 BYU signees had an offer from another school!! And of the 17 offfers those 5 recruits received 3 were from a BCS school! (Yes, the U was one of them with an offer to Ryker.)

    I did wonder where the recruiting services rank the Y's recruiting results but I could not find them listed anywhere.

  • moodyblue77 Provo, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    This is a praiseworthy class. They desperately need to get another QB.

    The strength seems to be LB, OL, and DB's.

    I like the backs.

    But we know it's foolish to compare Ute and BYU recruits. Both schools target different players.

    Utes can't afford to lose good players to other PAC 12 teams.

    But, as I said, this is a praiseworthy class. Things will get better soon as the recruiting mindset shifts away from beating BYU to beating USC.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 3, 2011 12:43 p.m.

    Duckhunter is right, to some degree, as pointed out by the rankings posted on Red Roundup. ESPN's Ted Miller gave them a C+ and Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times gave them 7th in the PAC-12; technically, that would be the "bottom half".

    But the Ute faithful on here are also correct to crow about this class, to some degree. This appears to be one of the better recruiting classes the U has seen.

    So "average" nationally or not, if it's still better than the Utes have had, under Whit they should become even better.

    I'd love to see that show up against SC.

    Go Utes!

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 12:03 p.m.

    I also love it when you care so much about my opinions that you comment on them big ben. Don't forget dante and the lowest level as you seem to have an appointment there. LOL

    As far as utahs recruiting class is concerned, well it is slightly above average but not good enough for the crowing ute "fans" are doing. By all acocunts it ranks in the bottom half of the pac10 and just barely cracks the upper 50% of all classes.

    I find it extremely funny to read all of you trying to convince each other how good it is when by all accounts it is pretty average.

  • the REAL DEAL Sandy, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 12:02 p.m.

    SoCalUte. There's only 120 teams in Division 1 so ranking 275 or 220 would be impossible. I get your point though. GO UTES

  • SoCalUte Trabuco Canyon, CA
    Feb. 3, 2011 11:41 a.m.

    Recruiting class rankings by the media is a JOKE.
    In 04 and 08 when the Utes went undefeated and busted the BCS. What was the Utes national ranking by the media? Maybe 275th in the nation. What was TCU's recruiting class ranking 4 years ago when this years seniors were all recruited? Maybe 220 in the nation?
    The media has a mighty big opinion of themselves, if they think they can see the future of every kid that is recruited out of high school in the country.
    All Whit needs, is the 3 and 4 star recruits that he got, and he will turn them into 5 star NFL prospects.
    Half of the players that Utes lost will turn out to be mediocre in the end anyway. Therefore, Nothing lost.
    Go Utes!!

  • UteMan South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    What a great day it is when little brother coug fans have to highlight Utah losing players to USC, UCLA, Washington, ASU and Ole Miss to make themselves feel better. None of these players had a thought about playing at BYU by the way.

    There must not be anything exciting to talk about with their own recruiting class and the move to independence.

    Losing recruits to good programs sure beats losing them to teams in the MWC, WAC and Independents.

    Move on Coug fans, most of us no longer care about you.

  • Big_Ben Centerville, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    It makes me feel good when DuckHunter wanders over to the Ute articles to tell us how bad things are at the U. The more he talks, the more he is shaking in his boots, and the more jealous he is.

  • fresnogirl Fresno, CA
    Feb. 3, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    If you get every player you want, then you probably aren't aiming high enough.

    Good luck next year, Utah.

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    A closer look at "the point". We lost a few recruits we were hoping to get. (We still have 4 scholarships to use before August!!) We "lost" two players signed by USC. (These were not players USC had "showed" interest in. They were signed by USC.) One of these was a "soft commit" to Utah. We also had players decommit and go to Washington and Mississippi. What we did do was sign a recruit who decommitted from another PAC-12 school that rated higher by Scout than any other recruit we signed. By most accounts already we have perhaps the second best signing class in Utah history. Since being accepted into the PAC-12 we signed only 3 or 4 star recruits. Utah was listed by over 300 of the top high school players as a "school of interest". There were 1,000 Utah fans at the signing announcement and more wanted to attend. We have reached new heights and the future is exciting. Can't wait for 5 PAC-12 conference games in Salt Lake next year!!!!

  • RBN Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    Hey Duckhunter,

    How did that Ben Olson kid work out for you?

    Whittingham has an eye for talent, and the ability to make the players into NFL players. He's beat PAC10 teams in the past with allegedly lesser talent. I like his chances in the PAC12.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 8:27 a.m.


    As did brown who bailed and went to washington. As did henerson who bailed and went to usc. As did the philanderer who bailed and went to mississippi. As did pommee who bailed and went to asu. As did.....You get the point.

  • crowntown1 Corona, CA
    Feb. 3, 2011 8:07 a.m.

    He didn't bail, he was already a soft commit to asu.

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 3, 2011 7:58 a.m.


    FYI - Eubank bailed on the U and signed with Arizona State.

  • CougFaninTX Frisco, TX
    Feb. 3, 2011 6:41 a.m.

    I know a lot of Ute fans are feeling great about this recruiting class, especially Langi, as well they should. Langi should have a solid career. ESPN ranks the recruiting class 8th in the PAC12. As expected, they are ahead of schools like Washington State and Colorado.

    I'm not a Ute hater, like some, but I think they are going to struggle to keep up with USC, Oregon, Stanford, Cal, and Arizona. I can see them finishing in the middle of the PAC which will not get the Utes as much attention as they've gotten as a potential BCS buster the past few years.

    But I will cheer for them in every game, except one.

  • AltaHawkFan Sandy, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    Very exciting to sign high ranking talent especially at QB ... Eubanks and Brown will be outstanding QB's in the future !