View from the Booth: Signing day offers hope for the future

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  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Feb. 7, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    Dear Duckhunter:

    The statement of "vast" is a bit excessive you have to admit. Isn't it true that the minority is always the loudest? Not all U fans live and die on "the ratings". We've (Utah and BYU) have rarely enjoyed the highest rated recruits however both programs have done a decent job in developing players. Having said that, there must be something to the ratings though,and one needs to look no further than the past few national champions and the recruits they attack. Anyway, why make this a personal attack. Who cares, we should be happy for these kids that were able to get a scholarship to wonderful Universities.

    Go UTES!!

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 7, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    Guys, go easy on Duck, we would rather beat horrible teams than have to compete with tough teams. It's just the way we like it down here.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 2:59 p.m.


    I knew that would cut you to the bone lol. When a "fan"base like the one at utah puts all of their hopes on the ridiculous "ratings" of internet sports nerds it isn't just fun to read, it is also fun to mock. LOL!

  • nosaerfoecioveht NSL, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 1:46 p.m.


    "It's just the big pond or the little pond decision!"

    Couldn't agree more. Enjoy the little pond.

    Btw, the logic that Utah will never be able to compete against schools who have, on paper, a better recruiting class, must be devastating to you because Utah has, on paper, a much better recruiting class than our little brother in Provo.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Feb. 6, 2013 12:56 p.m.


    There's no sense in whining about how inept your Indy-WACey team had shown themselves to be when trying to measure up to their big brother on the Hill. It's been 3 years now since we were fully invited, and you were fully rejected. Go wipe your tears and get over it.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 12:16 p.m.

    Good advice riley but the vast majority of utah "fans" are incapable of doing what you recommend. They are so caught up in "star ratings" and recruiting sites that they are as removed from reality as they can possibly be.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    "Is theree a plan in place?"
    It's not a secret. Even as a top mid-major, everyone agrees that Utah needs to improve recruiting. They have, and will going forward. Things like new facilities are recruiting tools. Former Utah linemen Paul Kruger sacking the quarterback in the Super Bowl is a recruiting tool. How do you out-recruit? Be known for something like putting players in the NFL.

    "how would they break through?"
    Be ready when your time comes. Utah had a chance in their first year, but wasn't ready. Those chances will come again.

    Always remain on top? Even the legacy programs aren't always on top. Why would you expect that of Utah? Big 10 is no longer just Michigan and OSU. USC is up and down. Alabama is currently on top, but look at pre-Saban. Texas has been down the last four years. How will Oregon do without Chip Kelley?

    "you'll not be near a perfect record"
    If that was the goal, Utah should go back to dominating the MWC. Such a move to get perfection would be a step backward. Most Ute fans look forward to the challenges ahead.

  • Jim1027 St. George, UT
    Feb. 6, 2013 7:06 a.m.

    I'm just wondering how and when Utah has planned to compete the the higher echelon of the Pac12? Is theree a plan in place? Is it reasonable?

    To me, it's like a new team coming into the SEC and going against Alabama and their program, coaches, and recruits. Just how would they break through?

    Likewise, how will you out-coach, out-reputation, and out-recruit USC, UCLA, Oregon, Stanford, or even Arizona State and Cal? I don't see it happening.

    You may win a big game from time to time, but at the end of the year you'll not be near a perfect record. It's just the big pond or the little pond decision!