Utah Utes football: U. wins several recruiting battles

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  • y be good when U CAN BE GREAT! Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 11:08 a.m.

    You are right there Ducky, but now look at who made a visit to Utah, that does say they are in the Mix when you only get 5 visits.

    Utah was not able to land all the big boys they wanted, but they got them here very late in the game and did pick up some last minute solid players (4 star included).

    Utah recruits players, they don't wait for the brainwashed kids to show up on their doorstep like the team down south does. That is why the kids that want the "experience" end up down there, either:
    A) Not big enough to be able to make their own decisions so they need a manual on how to live life.
    B) Mommy and Daddy tell them they will go to byu because they don't trust their own kid.

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Feb. 4, 2011 10:07 a.m.

    @wwookie simply offering a kid a scholarship isn't really being in the mix. Obviously utah was not any real consideration for the vast majority of these kids wedgie has been claiming the utes were "recruiting".

    Even wyoming offered langi but does that really mean they were in the mix? Kind of like utah with these 4 star guys. Sure they offered them a scholarship......

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 10:14 p.m.


    some of these cougar posters are hilarious. They didn't come close to matching Utah's recruits as far as "expert" rankings (which I really don't give a lot of credence to), but they say silly things like utah lost all these battles for 4 star recruits...

    Yet BYU got fewer 4 star recruits than Utah (no 4-stars for BYU if you go by ESPN) and was not even in the discussion of the players that chose other schools like USC over Utah. These cougar fans must think their team really stinks on the recruiting front.

    Utah got their needs covered and picked up some great athletes with speed, height and natural skills. It's going to be a great ride in the PAC the next few years.

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    Dear Dutchman,
    TCU is still in the MWC for another year. TCU is ranked above Utah thus are in the top 50. So technically you are mistaken. The Big East will get them in 2012 so in spirit you are correct.

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 5:56 p.m.

    Jeff Is,

    Yes Jeff, it is so hard to develop into an upstanding person at the U. So So difficult. How can the U compete with BYU, the most "popular" university in America and the # 1 stone cold sober school. Yes, it is impossible to be popular and sober at the U. So many kids that graduate from there end up in AA.

  • BlueHusky Mission Viejo, CA
    Feb. 3, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    Utah will beat UCLA next year. That one you can count on.

    Hopefully, my Dawgs and Cougs will be a different story.

  • y be good when U CAN BE GREAT! Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    BTW, Pedroza had a USC offer as well!

    Hey Jeff, I wouldn't want the Ute recruits to be anything like Unga, Te'o and Van Hoy.....it is you self rightous zoobs that give your fans and your school such a "good" name!

    Please tell me a tds player that tds has that taken custody of his brother to give him a chance at success? Show me the tds kids that have parents, bothers and sisters killed on the streets and turn them into men that want to go back and make their community better.

    I guess I will just have to root for a school that has such low standards! You and your team keep living right on and off the field there buddy!

  • Duckhunter American Fork, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 4:55 p.m.


    Actually that proves he isn't all that smart as utah isn't ranked anywhere near 2nd in the pac10 for academics.


  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    ""Another reason is that Utah is joining the Pac-10 and they are ranked in the top two academic schools in the conference."

    Smart kid!

    Looks to be a very good class.

    Will be great to see them get to work and progress in Kwitt's program.

  • Jeff ls Farr West, 84404
    Feb. 3, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    I am glad that they chose to go to Utah. No doubt that they would not fit in to the roles that are expected of them at BYU. It will be easier at Utah. No responsibilities, you can chase beer and silly girls all you want. The real test is what kind of person you develop into. I am sure Kyle will have some projects. He will try to mold them into good men. Time will tell. It is always interesting to watch what happens to life after sports.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 2:39 p.m.

    UteMan | 9:47 a.m. Feb. 3, 2011
    South Jordan, UT

    Silly Zoobs,

    The name UteMan implies you care about the Utes, and are not a child.

    Yet, you lost me at "Silly Zoobs".

    If you want a civil discourse, and your opinion taken seriously, don't post as an "anti-zoob child".

  • Gifford VanBuren Holladay, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 12:31 p.m.

    I love the lists of schools interested. Harvey Langi, one of the best RBs in the west, is getting recruited by some of the best programs in the west (USC, Utah, BYU, Standford) and....Wyoming decides to throw their hat into the game.

    Its like when guys like Lee Cummard are looking into leaving for the NBA early...so your saying there's a chance.

  • Balan West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 3, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    You are right UteMan. You no longer have to be compared with BYU. But Ute fans are so paranoid that they will ALWAYS compare themselves to BYU!

  • TheHailstorm South Weber, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    Does anyone recall Barry Switzers comments before the Sugar Bowl game ? He flat out stated that there was not one player one Utah's roster that could be offered a scholarship at Alabama. The Defensive MVP of that game was Stevenson Sylvester.. he was a basketball player from Nevada.
    I have great confidence in the Coaching staff up on the hill to take these recruits and make them the best player that they can be , no matter what position they play. One thing about Coach Kyle .. he is a master in evaluating talent. I personally feel the the Utes did very good with this class.

  • Golfhack20 West Jordan, Ut
    Feb. 3, 2011 10:46 a.m.

    Let us not forget the JC kids Utah picked up as well. I know that Scout and Rivals rates those athletes but ESPN doesn't. Utah landed 2 JC kids out of the Top 25 again. We won't know what these kids will do for the most part for a couple years. Be patient and if Utah can go in and play well against the Pac 12 teams then next year they might do better. Of course they need to upgrade the facilites a little bit. The sky is the limit. GO UTES!!!

  • Who am I sir? Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 9:53 a.m.

    re: ETBass

    You remember Babe Ruth for his home runs not for being a leader in strike outs!!! Isn't it better to "have loved and lost" than to never have loved at all?!!!!

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 9:49 a.m.

    According to Rivals Utah ended up with the 37th ranked recruiting class in the nation. USC ended up number one by over signing to get to 31 signees and Alabama was # 2. This puts Utah in the middle of the PAC 12. Not bad since they haven't played a conference game yet. BYU, Utah State and no team from the MWC or WAC were in Rivals top fifty.

  • UteMan South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    Silly Zoobs, Utah was in late on the majority of these kids and landed Denham and Pedroza in the last 2 weeks. They brought in solid in state kids and some talented players from CA and TX.

    The fact that they beat out USC for Langi and ASU for Pedroza is a great sign for years to come. What kid doesn't want to play at schools like USC, Oregon, UCLA or be on a campus like ASU? No one said it would be easy but Utah held their own.

    With the exception of Brown and Henderson, who exactly bailed out on the Utes?

    Eubank was committed to ASU and made a late decison to stay, most others chose to stay closer to home or with teams that had been recruiting them longer.

    Utah was in the conversation for many big time recruits this year and landed some great talent, how many considered the cougs?

    I understand the little brother syndrome most of you display on every Utah article, but you guys should understand that most of us don't care about you anymore. We no longer need to be compared to BYU, and I am good with that.

  • ET Bass Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 3, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    Clearly utah lost most of the "battles" they were engaged in. Where's the list of those that got away, or don't you have room to print them?

  • IndianaCoug Bloomington, IN
    Feb. 3, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    RE: bgl & Hawkeye

    They may not have landed several "4 star" recruits, but I have to admit, as a huge BYU fan, I am surprised and impressed with the recruits they did get. I don't usually look at UofU articles but was curious how they did in recruiting this year so I glanced over this one. It looks like nearly all of the U's recruits had offers from other big-time programs... even if they didn't have four or five stars. Congrats Utah, but, as always...
    Go Cougs!

  • Tommy2Shoes Lehi, UT
    Feb. 3, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    Utes got a few star recruits to bolster their PAC12 roster. Now coach them well and hope they develop into top flight starters. Good luck in the PAC12. Except when you play my Cougars I'll be pulling for you (and except when you play my California schools, since I grew up loving UCLA and was a season ticket holder at Cal). Other than those I'll be rooting for you.

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    Feb. 3, 2011 8:02 a.m.


    The 4 star recruits you are referring to bailed on Utah and signed elsewhere. In at least a few cases, they decided to sign with other Pac-12 teams (USC, ASU) instead.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    Feb. 3, 2011 7:17 a.m.


    Asiata also had a offer for UW.

  • bgl Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 3, 2011 7:11 a.m.

    I kept hearing about all of the 4 star recruits that Utah was going to reel in before signing day. What happened? This looks like pretty much the same group that has been on the board for three months.