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Jay Drew and Lya Wodraska
Jay Drew and Lya Wodraska cover high school and college recruiting for the Salt Lake Tribune. If you have recruiting news, e-mail drew@sltrib.com.

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Utes get commitment from lineman

Utah offensive coordinator Norm Chow and offensive lineman coach Tim Davis have spent the majority of their recruiting time wooing offensive linemen, a spot the Utes are prioritizing this year since they lose seniors Tony Bergstrom and John Cullen.

The coaches' powers of persuasion paid off Monday, with Alexandru Ceachir, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman out of Santa Monica College committing to the Utes.

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Ceachir had considered Colorado as well, but decided to go with the Utes because of the connection he formed with Chow and because he feels he will have a chance to play immediately.

"Coach Chow is a great person, I'm glad to play for him," Ceachir said. "He was one of the first persons to talk to me so that means a lot."

Ceachir is an interesting story since he has a limited background in football. He was introduced to the sport through a club in Moldova.

While the experience didn't teach him all the nuances of the sport, he and his family were intrigued enough that they decided Ceachir should come to America with the hopes of continuing in the sport.

He found a spot at Santa Monica College and as thrived enough to attract the interest of the Utes as well as other schools.

Now he said he hopes to enroll at Utah as soon as possible so he can continue to improve.

"It's only my second year really playing football, I need to improve in everything," he said. "Every day, I want to improve in a lot of things."

Ceachir is the sixth offensive lineman to commit to the Utes, who have commitments from 15 players altogether.

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