Utah Utes football: Utes secure three more commitments

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  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    Nov. 21, 2012 7:49 a.m.

    JUCO's have been very good for Utah over the years. Any one notice that BYU just lost a comitment from a top HS player in Oregon, yet signed a kid from Utah who didn't have a single offer from another school? It must be rough getting out recruited and out played year, after year, after year...

    Nov. 20, 2012 6:55 p.m.


    You really need to spend your time on more productive things. There really is more to life than trying to trash all things related to Utah. I personally don't find much satisfaction in trashing BYU. You really ought to consider being a little nicer to your rivals, especially one who has consistently beaten your team for several years in a row.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 5:20 p.m.


    The team I'm baggins is 4-7, not much more really needs to be said about it.

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 3:16 p.m.


    Maybe the cougies should try going that route. Seeing how the team you bag for doing it owns them. 3 in a row 8 of last of 11 and overall well thats laughable....LOL!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Nov. 20, 2012 3:15 p.m.


    Of course you were getting your jabs in, I chose to ignore it. I don't know why you worry so much about what fans claim. I have spent too many hours myself doing that, and not getting on the board over the past 3 months has been a boon to my life.

    I think your probably right on Fitz, I merely mentioned him because he got more reps against AZ than I had seen him get all season. As for Pedroza, I think he will be a good one, I wonder if he can grow into a tight end. He would be a tough matchup there.

    As a simple exercise, I looked at Oregon's recruiting classes since 2005. 2010-2012 Oregon has signed 68 players, only 7 of whom were JUCOs. However, as they were building their program they signed 6 or more JUCOs 4 out of those 5 remaining 5 classes.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 3:05 p.m.


    4-7 pretty much validates both of my points.


  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    Nov. 20, 2012 1:31 p.m.


    Where is Fangupo? You have no valid points.

    Go Utes!!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 1:10 p.m.


    It was multiple points really. One was a jab at Utah fans and thier boasting about all of the 4-5 star hs recruits that would be lining up to go to Utah. It obviously hasn't happened that way. The other point is definately a jab at Utah's continued reliance on JC recruits, unless a jc kid is an absolute superstar they shouldn't be any more of a stop gap for any top program that might find itself in immediate need at a position while a younger player matures. You do not see top programs signing the number of JC kids that Utah signs and at least in the case of Utah fans we have been told Utah is now a top program. It is obvious Utah does not compete in the manner Utah fans claimed they would for top hs talent or they would not be mining the jc's the way they do.

    Now to me it is a pretty good indicator of what type of program Utah is and what they believe they have to do to be competitive. It reminds me a lot of NMSU basketball program under Neil McCarthy minus the corresponding success.

    Nov. 20, 2012 12:04 p.m.

    pocyUte, Fitz is a great guy and gives great effort, but I don't see him as skilled or explosive enough to be much more than a role player, and I'm not a fan of Pedroza, although he's been good on special teams coverage this year. Btw, McGill wasn't exactly beaten out by Rowe, although I think Rowe has proven to be better since the beginning of his true freshman year. He was starting along with Rowe with Blechen at LB, but was injured early in the season and reinjured before this year started. He should be a key contributor next year if healthy.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Nov. 20, 2012 11:10 a.m.


    I agree with you that there is danger in relying on JUCO guys. They are a high risk, high reward type recruit. But man, if we didn't have Juan Blanco Quatro we would have been in terrible shape. It is dangerous bringing in JUCO guys and expect them to be a huge contributor right away. For every JWIV there is a Keith McGill (man, I hope he comes in and tears it up at CB next year, that would be huge) who was beaten out by true freshman Rowe (a big time player, btw)

    StG: You pointed out a great question for next year, who steps up at receiver? Losing Matthews, Dunn and DVC as well as 3 TE is a big deal. I loved the emergence of Scott, hopefully Dres and continue getting a little more sure handed as he improved over the season so they should be set. It was interesting to see how many reps Fitzgerald and Pedroza got on Saturday. Hopefully they will emerge a little more as well. I Carter will be an impact player wherever he goes. I'm excited to see him on the field.

    Nov. 20, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    pocyUte, don't be surprised if Carter ends up on offense, either. Moving back to more of a spread offense, they need quality depth and explosive playmakers at WR, and with 3 key contributors at the position graduating, I can see redshirt frosh Brian Allen and Delshawn McClellon along with Geoff Norwood and incoming freshman X'avier Shepherd and JUCO transfer Andre Lewis possibly stepping up in the rotation, but Carter was one of the top receivers of the 2010 class, and if he makes a strong impression in either spring or fall camp, whenever he enrolls, I could see him playing offense instead of defense.

  • Wookie Omaha, NE
    Nov. 20, 2012 10:27 a.m.

    @ pocyUte:

    I am not certain what Duckhunter is inferring by his comment, but I do appreciate your facts as they relate to the total of JUCO commits to HS commits. I am not certain though that this recipe is working for the Utes as their record certainly indicates that something needs to be fixed.

    GO UTES!!

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Nov. 20, 2012 9:52 a.m.

    Duck, your point is not invalid.

    Certainly we would rather build with 4-5 year players, but, this year was a great example of the need for depth. I find it interesting what positions they are bringing in JUCO guys at. I was a bit surprised by Carter, but he is a big time athlete that can play free or strong safety. My guess is it will allow Blechen to spend more time at LB, bringing more speed to that position. Booker solidifies RB depth, especially with Oliver having surgery. Only 1 OL JUCO hopefully means that the coaches feel that last year's focus on the O line will be ready to contribute soon 2 years. But 6 of their current 23 commits isn't too far off from last year with 8 of 30 commits.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    Nov. 20, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    More JC guys huh?

    Nov. 19, 2012 10:53 p.m.

    Selvin Young was a very speedy back with great hands out of the backfield for the Longhorns. Let's hope Dre'Vian brings similar attributes to the Utes. Tevin Carter was a big time prospect just a couple years ago and had high expectations in Berkeley, but for whatever reason did not get along with Tedford. His commitment isn't solid, but if he does sign, it'd be great to see him live up to his potential with a fresh start.